Sunday, May 28, 2017

The O’Jays – Put Our Heads Together

Classics: The O’Jays – Put Our Heads Together (Philadelphia International Records)

1983 marked a sensible change of artistic direction for Philly Soul band The O’Jays with the release of ‘Put Our Heads Together’. A track taken from their ‘When Will I See You Again’ album, with production work by the likes of Keni Burke.

Uplifting and infectiously groovy ‘Put Our Heads Together’ is most likely their funkiest jam ever. UK producer D-Mob along with late singer Darryl Pandy takin’ on where they left 6 years later. This resulting in a boiling extrapolation titled ‘Put Your Heads Together’.

Overview
– Fellow high school students Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, Bobby Massey, Walter Powell and Bill Isles first sang together as The Triumphs then The Mascots in the early 60’s. They would get their final name as a tribute to Eddie O’Jay, a Cleveland-based DJ who helped them dropping their first release…

The O’Jays would reach their peak along with producers Gamble & Huff who signed them to their P.I.R. in 1972. A liaison which led to countless classics. From ‘Love Train’ to Backstabbers’ that same year. ‘Now That We Found Love’ and ‘For The Love Of Money’ in 1973. ‘Livin’ For The Weekend’,‘I Love Music’ and ‘Give People What They Want’ in 1975. And the list seems endless until the end of the 80’s when they switched to EMI America. One of their ultimate tracks worth the listen being the vibrant ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ as remixed by Tony Humphries.

– A bassist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer, Chicago, IL-born Kenneth M Burke made his first classes in the second half of the 60’s as a member of Five Stairsteps. Meanwhile, he would mainly act as a session musician during the following decade. Gladys Knight and Terry Callier standing among those he collaborated with back then.

Burke would therefore come to prominence by the beginning of the eighties. As a solo artist, delivering jams such as the ‘Risin’ To The Top’. But also ‘You’re The Best’ (from his album of the likes), or ‘Hang Tight’. And as a producer, crafting the classic ‘Put Our heads Together’ for The O’Jays. Not to mention his contribution on The Jones Girls‘ album, ‘Keep It Coming’, in 1984.

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