Message in the Music

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Message in the Music
Studio album by The O'Jays
Released 1976
Recorded 1975-76
Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Philadelphia soul, R&B
Length 42:51
Label Philadelphia International Records
Producer Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Bunny Sigler, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Victor Carstarphen
The O'Jays chronology
Family Reunion
(1975)Family Reunion1975
Message in the Music
Travelin' at the Speed of Thought
(1977)Travelin' at the Speed of Thought1977

Message in the Music is a 1976 album by American R&B group The O'Jays,


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B-) [2]

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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gamble and Huff, except where noted [3].

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Message in Our Music" 6:24
2. "A Prayer" 6:30
3. "Paradise" 5:02
4. "Make a Joyful Noise" 4:02
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Desire Me" 6:21
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



Chart (1976) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[4] 20
Billboard Top Soul Albums[4] 3


Year Single Chart positions[5]
Hot 100
1976 "Message in Our Music" 49 1
"Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)" 72 1


  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. The O'Jays: Message in the Music > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Message in the Music review". Robert Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Message in the Music > Overview ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2011-10-13.
  4. ^ a b "US Albums Chart > The O'Jays". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  5. ^ "US Singles Chart > The O'Jays". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 

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