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So Full Of Love

So Full Of Love is an 1978 album by the Philadelphia soul group The O'Jays. Memorable singles was "Use Ta Be My Girl", which hit number one on the R&B charts, and "Brandy". While Philadelphia International was in their prime during the 1970's, this album was not considered as an essential part of the O'Jays discography. However, this particular album was key in the fact that it had a little "filler" as an album should have.

Essential album tracks that should not be ignored include "Cry Together" and "Sing My Heart Out". The first song (along with "Brandy") is a key R&B/Quiet Storm staple which (although it was not released as a single) speak of the signature sound of Philadelphia. The latter song begins the album with a painted picture of how the group feels about their career and the effect that an audience has on them - almost that of being in a church service and being "moved". Another song that should not be ignored is "Help (Somebody Please)" which features Walter Williams in a key lead and shows him expanding his natural tenor range.

This was the first O'Jays offering in some time where there was little or no political reference in any of the tracks. It has been said that Eddie Levert felt that with disco moving to the forefront, the market was more ripe for singing and dancing than "preaching".

R&B Producer Thom Bell (usually partnered with Linda Creed), the man behind the Spinners, produced two of these tracks. Like most albums from Philadelphia International, this album was recorded at the famed Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

R&B group Prophet Jones performed a version of the song, "Cry Together" on their eponymously titled album.

Track listing

  1. "Sing My Heart Out" (Gamble, Huff) - 4:28
  2. "Use Ta Be My Girl" (Gamble, Huff) - 4:05
  3. "Cry Together" (Gamble, Huff) - 5:37
  4. "This Time Baby" (Bell, James) - 4:27
  5. "Brandy (I Really Miss You)" (Jefferson, Simmons) - 4:14
  6. "Take Me to the Stars" (Boyd, Hancock) - 4:15
  7. "Help (Somebody Please)" (Dukes, Levert) - 5:00
  8. "Strokety Sroke" (Sigler) - 4:26

Credits

  • Kenneth Gamble - Producer, Songwriter
  • The O'Jays - Main Performer
  • Dennis Harris - Guitar
  • Bobby Eli - Guitar
  • Roland Chambers - Guitar
  • Bunny Sigler - Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer
  • Norman Harris - Arranger, Guitar
  • Ron Baker - Bass
  • Eddie LeVert - Vocals, Songwriter
  • William Powell - Vocals
  • Walter Williams - Vocals
  • Lenny Pakula - Keyboards
  • Leon Huff - Keyboards, Producer, Piano, Songwriter
  • Earl Young - Drums
  • Don Renaldo - Conductor, Horn, Strings
  • Thom Bell - Arranger, Strings, Producer, Songwriter
  • Larry Washington - Bongos, Percussion
  • Vincent Montana Jr - Percussion, Vibraphone
  • Tony Sellari - Art Direction
  • Bobby Martin - Arranger

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