10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The O’Jays responded to a new era of political consciousness with Back Stabbers, in which burning emotions are couched in a highly sophisticated musical backdrop. The arranged harmonies of the title song and “Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People” transform tales of vengeance and betrayal into contagious pop pleasures. “(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky” is an R&B anthem for street-smart hustlers, but the album’s crown jewel is “Love Train,” one of the most unabashedly optimistic songs—both musically and thematically—ever set to tape.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The O’Jays responded to a new era of political consciousness with Back Stabbers, in which burning emotions are couched in a highly sophisticated musical backdrop. The arranged harmonies of the title song and “Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People” transform tales of vengeance and betrayal into contagious pop pleasures. “(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky” is an R&B anthem for street-smart hustlers, but the album’s crown jewel is “Love Train,” one of the most unabashedly optimistic songs—both musically and thematically—ever set to tape.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

ralbertini ,

The Timeless Trio

Back Stabbers is certainly one of the greatest albums ever to come from the genre called "The Philly Sound." The tunes are timeless, stand up to repeated listenings, and are just as dramatic as they were back in the Seventies. If you haven't listened to this album as of yet, or haven't heard it in years, do yourself a treat.

Super Taquito ,

Awesomeness

I might only be 13, but Love Train is one of my all time favorites. I lived part of my life in Los Angeles listening to Oldies with my Dad. So I'm pretty well acquainted with the O'Jays. I think Love Train is their best.

SwannyJocker ,

The Greatest Classic Soul Album by The O'Jays!!

You don't need me to tell you how wonderful this record is. Back Stabbers is the definitive song about two-timers, and there's not a weak song on the album. (The O'Jay's never really put filler on their albums, but it's important to point out how universally strong this album is.)

This album is also brilliantly written and arranged by the band. The O'Jays have never made a bad album, so you can't go wrong with any one of them. But, if you're looking for THE album to start with, it has to be Back Stabbers.

Although there are some fine compilations out there, this concept album about the state of the world in 1972 is essential because of its timeliness, and its subject mater hasn't dated, obviously.

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