Survival (The O'Jays album)

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Studio album by The O'Jays
Released April 1975
Recorded 1974
Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Philadelphia soul, R&B, funk
Length 32:52
Label Philadelphia International Records
Producer Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
The O'Jays chronology
Ship Ahoy
(1973)Ship Ahoy1973
Family Reunion
(1975)Family Reunion1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C+) [2]

Survival is a 1975 album by American R&B group The O'Jays, released on the Philadelphia International Records label.


Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Survival includes the R&B chart-topping single "Give the People What They Want" and "Let Me Make Love to You", which reached #10 on the same chart. Survival matched exactly the chart performance of its predecessor Ship Ahoy, topping the R&B chart and peaking at #11 on the pop chart. Critical assessment of the album tends to the view that, while it may not reach the peaks of Back Stabbers or Ship Ahoy, it is nevertheless a strong, worthwhile recording in its own right. (Allmusic's Ron Wynn notes "It was unrealistic to expect masterpieces every time out".)

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Give the People What They Want" 4:14
2. "Let Me Make Love to You" (Bunny Sigler, Allan Felder) 4:21
3. "Survival" 3:44
4. "Where Did We Go Wrong" 3:40
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Rich Get Richer" 4:24
6. "How Time Flies" 5:15
7. "What Am I Waiting For" (Sigler, Ron Tyson) 3:56
8. "Never Break Us Up" (Huff) 3:18



Chart (1975) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[4] 11
Billboard Top Soul Albums[4] 1


Year Single Chart positions[5]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 US
1975 "Give the People What They Want" 45 1
"Let Me Make Love to You" (A-side) 75 10
"Survival" (B-side)

See also[edit]


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

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