The O’Jays – 1968 – Back On Top

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Although The O’Jays Philly International recordings are always touted as some of their best work, we love this early material produced by George Kerr – with a sound that’s very similar to classic New Jersey groups like The Moments and The Whatnauts (and which also features a few songs that were covered by those groups, too). The band have heavenly harmonies that are more fragile than on their tightly-sewn Gamble/Huff work, with some elements of the deeper soul that was on some of their earlier recordings. Includes the single “I’ll Be Sweeter Tomorrow“, plus “I’m So Glad I Found You“, “Look Over Your Shoulder“, “Going Going Gone“, and “I Dig Your Act“. Also issued later, under the title “The O’Jays”.

A1 I’ll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today) 2:45
A2 I’m So Glad I Found You 2:57
A3 Going Going Gone 2:40
A4 That’s Alright 2:28
A5 I Dig Your Act 2:12
A6 Look Over Your Shoulder 2:45
B1 You’re Too Sweet 2:58
B2 Just Another Guy 2:40
B3 Four for the Price of One 3:49
B4 Love Is Everywhere 2:42
B5 Now That I’ve Found You 2:21
B6 I’ll Be Seeing You 2:24

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Back on Top is a 1968 album by all-male group The O’Jays, featuring their biggest hit for the Bell label, “I’ll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)“. Their hit “Look Over Your Shoulder” was also included on this album. George Kerr produced the album with Pat Jaques engineering. Richard Tee was the conductor and arranger.

Original O’Jays members Eddie Levert, William Powell, Walter Williams and Bobby Massey all contributed to this album, and all four were pictured on its cover. This is the first O’Jays album not to include the group’s fifth original member, Bill Isles, who quit the group shortly before this album was recorded. Bobby Massey would also later leave the group, just before their breakthrough success with Philadelphia International Records.

More O’Jays albums on FMS here