Message in the Music
|Message in the Music|
|Studio album by The O'Jays|
Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Genre||Philadelphia soul, R&B|
|Label||Philadelphia International Records|
|Producer||Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Bunny Sigler, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Victor Carstarphen|
|The O'Jays chronology|
|Robert Christgau||(B-) |
Released in 1976 on the Philadelphia International Records label. Recorded at the Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, with six of the eight tracks written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Message in the Music spawned two R&B chart-topping singles in "Message in Our Music" and "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)", with the latter also giving the group their fourth UK top 30 single. Message in the Music peaked at #3 on the R&B chart (ending a run of three consecutive #1 R&B albums for the group) and reached #20 on the pop chart.
Message in the Music is the last O'Jays album to feature vocals from original group member William Powell, who would die prematurely from cancer, aged 35, in May 1977.
In 2004, Message in the Music was reissued by Demon Music in the UK in a double package with The O'Jays' 1977 album Travelin' at the Speed of Thought.
|1.||"Message in Our Music"||6:24|
|4.||"Make a Joyful Noise"||4:02|
|6.||"Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)"||4:14|
|7.||"I Swear, I Love No One But You" (Bunny Sigler)||5:13|
|8.||"Let Life Flow" (John Whitehead, Gene McFadden, Victor Carstarphen)||4:37|
|Billboard Pop Albums||20|
|Billboard Top Soul Albums||3|
Billboard Hot 100
|1976||"Message in Our Music"||49||1|
|"Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)"||72||1|
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