Family Reunion (The O'Jays album)

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Family Reunion
Studio album by The O'Jays
Released November 1975
Recorded 1975
Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Philadelphia soul, R&B
Length 44:06
Label Philadelphia International Records
Producer Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
The O'Jays chronology
Family Reunion
Message in the Music
(1976)Message in the Music1976

Family Reunion is a 1975 album by American R&B group The O'Jays.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C) [2]

The album was released in late 1975 on the Philadelphia International Records label. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Family Reunion includes the enduring classic "I Love Music" and "Livin' for the Weekend", both of which topped the R&B singles chart, and placed at #5 and #20 respectively on the pop chart. The ballad "Stairway to Heaven", originally issued as the B-side to "Livin' for the Weekend", has also gone on to become a staple of quiet storm programming. While the title track did not chart, it still garnered airplay, as the lyrics (as well as the album artwork) focused on the importance of the family structure especially at gatherings.[3]

Family Reunion became the group's third consecutive R&B chart-topping album, and its #7 peak on the pop chart was their highest placing on this chart at the time (1978's So Full of Love would peak one place higher). Family Reunion was awarded a Platinum Album for RIAA Certification of over one million copies sold.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gamble and Huff, except where noted [4].

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Unity" 4:57
2. "Family Reunion" 6:54
3. "You and Me" (Bunny Sigler, Louise Bishop) 6:54
4. "She's Only a Woman" (John Whitehead, Gene McFadden, Victor Carstarphen) 5:44
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Livin' for the Weekend" (Gamble, Huff, Cary Gilbert) 6:29
6. "Stairway to Heaven" 6:15
7. "I Love Music" 6:51



Chart (1976) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[5] 7
Billboard Top Soul Albums[5] 1 (1975)


Year Single Chart positions[6]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 US
U.S. Disco Singles
1975 "I Love Music (Part 1)" 5 1 1
"Livin' for the Weekend" 20 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. The O'Jays: Family Reunion > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Family Reunion review". Robert Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  3. ^ The O'Jays, Family Reunion, AllMusic.
  4. ^ allmusic ((( Family Reunion > Overview ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2011-10-13.
  5. ^ a b "US Albums Charts > The O'Jays". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  6. ^ "US Singles Charts > The O'Jays". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 

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