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5.0 out of 5 stars Social commentary dressed in Soul, 5 May 2006
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Andy Edwards "staxasoul" (Essex UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ship Ahoy (Bonus Track) (Audio CD)
It seems that every major 70's Soul act had an album that defined them - this is the O'Jays defining album. Here you will find social comment with an uptempo groove, as anti racism, the ecology and morality all get an airing, along with the more common "love and loss " fare.

Some tracks will be familiar (and the title track should be required listening for all I feel), but the sheer variety of this album deserves your attention. There's slow burning Soul on "You got Your Hooks in Me" and Don't Call Me Brother" while "...Money" checks into a Funk groove. Mid tempo numbers like "Now That We Found Love" and "This Air..." showcase the vocal abilities of the group and overall you can hear echoes of every major Black music genre from the Blues to Jazz on this album.

Philly Soul has sometimes got a bad press from those who believe it ushered in the Disco era with its vacuous formulaic appraoch - well this album is Philly Soul and it don't follow no formula. This is Soul,at its best and with a capital "S".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class reproduction, 10 Feb 2013
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P. Hoyland - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ship Ahoy (Audio CD)
Bought the album on vinyl when it was first released! Had to have it on cd and this really lived up to expectation, unexpected bonus tracks as well, great quality and value
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I Guess You Got Your Hooks In Me..." - Ship Ahoy by THE O'JAYS (40th Anniversary Big Break Records CD Remaster), 2 Jan 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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A Number 1 USA R'n'B hit in late 1973 and a heavy-hitter pop breakthrough album - along with "Backstabbers" that went before it in 1972 - "Ship Ahoy" holds a special place in the hearts of every O'Jays fan. It's also one of the Soul gems on a record label that's held in mighty affection to this day - Philadelphia International. And once again it has to be said that BBR of the UK (Big Break Records) has done the album proud with this 40th Anniversary CD reissue. Here are the Phillybuster details...

Reissued February 2013 in the UK - Big Break Records CDBBR 0207 breaks down as follows (55:17 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Ship Ahoy" - originally released in the USA and UK on Philadelphia International KZ 32408 and S PIR 65860 in October 1973.

Track 9 is "Put Your Hands Together (Live In London, December 1973)" while 10 and 11 are "Single Versions" of "For The Love Of Money" and "Now That We Found Love".

This CD will allow fans to sequence the following singles issued around the album:
1. Put Your Hands Together b/w You Got Your Hooks In Me - November 1973 US 7" single on Philadelphia International ZS7 3535.
2. For The Love Of Money b/w People Keep Telling Me - March 1974 US 7" single on ZS7 3744
3. Put Your Hands Together b/w The Air That I Breath - November 1973 UK 7" single on S PIR 1905
4. For The Love Of Money b/w People Keep Telling Me - March 1974 UK 7" single on S PIR 2186
5. Now That We Found Love b/w You Got Your Hooks In Me - August 1974 UK 7" single on S PIR 2577

The jewel case is one of those new rounded corner deals and the 16-page booklet features detailed liner notes by CHRISTIAN JOHN WIKANE - a New Yorker writer who is a contributing Editor to "PopMatters" website. The booklet has various US picture sleeves, Philly memorabilia etc. The remaster is by WAYNE A. DICKSON and is superlative - incredibly clean, clear and present reflecting GAMBLE & HUFF'S superb production values back in the day. I can't emphasize enough how good BBR CDs sound - I've reviewed over 15 (see list below) - and this is no different. A joy to listen too...

Side 1 is pretty much flawless - and how good is it to hear the full album stretch of "Ship Ahoy" at nearly nine minutes with its bells and fog horns and spoken passages. "The Air I Breathe" is an uptempo dancer about suburban pollution that could easily have been another successful hit single while the truly lovely "You Got Your Hooks In Me" (lyrics above) is the kind of BUNNY SIGLER ballad that defines their 'lurve' side - pull them close and feel that heat people!

Side 2 opens with the full album version of the fabulously perky "For The Love Of Money" - funkifying your speakers for over seven minutes (the remaster is so good on the bass and brass). "Don't Call Me Brother" apes Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" for its opening seconds but then settles into a stunning smoochy vibe about 'getting yourself together' and 'respecting your woman'. It finishes on the almost disco-precursor "People Keep Telling Me" where someone is doing someone wrong - yet again. The polish of the 'live' version of "Put Your Hands Together" is amazing - the band tight while the boys whip the crowd into a 'let us pray' and 'come on' frenzy - great stuff. And I've been looking for the single edits for years.

This is a superb reissue - and kudos once again to BBR for its top sound quality and classy presentation.

PS: As of February 2014 - Big Break Records are approaching an impressive 220-plus CD reissues - and all of the ones I've acquired so far have been top quality all the way. Here are the titles I've bought and reviewed:

1. Hot Property - HEATWAVE (1979) [see REVIEW]
2. Candles - HEATWAVE (1980) [see REVIEW]
3. Harvest For The World - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1976) [see REVIEW]
4. Go For Your Guns - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1977) [see REVIEW]
5. I Miss You - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1972) [known as "Harold Melvin The Blue Notes" in the UK] [see REVIEW]
6. Black & Blue - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1973) [see REVIEW]
7. Love Is The Message - MFSB (1973) [See REVIEW]
8. All The Faces Of... - BUDDY MILES (1974) [see REVIEW]
9. I Can See Clearly Now - JOHNNY NASH (1972) [see REVIEW]
10. In Philadelphia - O'JAYS (1969) [see REVIEW]
11. Back Stabbers - O'JAYS (1972) [see REVIEW]
12. Ship Ahoy - O'JAYS (1973) [see REVIEW]
13. Ebony Woman - BILLY PAUL (1970 and 1973) [See REVIEW]
14. 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul - BILLY PAUL (1972) [See REVIEW]
15. War Of The Gods - BILLY PAUL (1973) [See REVIEW]
16. Smoked Sugar - SMOKED SUGAR (1975) [see REVIEW]
17. Just As I Am - BILL WITHERS (1971) [debut LP on Sussex/A&M Records] [see REVIEW]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, 13 Jan 2012
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It was great to be able to find this CD was available. My partner has the album but no record player to play it on so being able to give this CD as a Xmas present helped to make it a perfect Xmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my wife's anniversary, 12 Aug 2013
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I listened to this album many times during the 1970's and loved it.
Had dropped many hints to my husband that it would be nice to have
it on C.D. and like magic it appeared on our anniversary! It brought back
a very happy time.
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