An absolute masterpiece and a peak in 70's soul-music.
"For The love Of Money" is a definite track of the period and a good
example of how ambitious the architects behind the so-called Philly
Sound actually were. The title track is a hair-rasising account of the
ships that brought over the slaves from West Africa and it is
definitely another carer high.
One of the most important albums of its era.
That's an undeniable Philly classic!
The record was the third that the band cut for the Philly International
label -- but it was really the first one that pushed their strong
righteous soul agenda, sort of a mix of message-oriented lyrics and
heavy soul (ala The Temptations), fused with the warmer more
sophisticated styles of the Philly sound.
1 Put Your Hands Together (4:06)
2 Ship Ahoy (9:39)
3 This Air I Breathe (3:52)
4 You Got Your Hooks in Me (5:34)
5 For the Love of Money (7:19)
6 Now That We Found Love (4:41)
7 Don't Call Me Brother (8:57)
8 People Keep Tellin' Me (4.00)
"other" O'Jays album masterpiece, Ship Ahoy combined shattering message
tracks and stunning love songs in a fashion matched only by Curtis
Mayfield's finest material. From the album cover showing a slave ship
to the memorable title song and incredible "For the Love of Money,"
Gamble and Huff addressed every social ill from envy to racism and
greed. Eddie Levert's leads were consistently magnificent, as were the
harmonies, production and arrangements. "Put Your Hands Together" and
"You Got Your Hooks In Me" would be good album cuts, but on Ship Ahoy
they were merely icing on the cake.
album has always been a favorite of mine. Not only have i always
dug&respected the O'Jays but this album really hits home.it deals
with slavery.it's a very underrated classic.while other albums over the
same time period get all kinds of respect&props this album gets
forgotten way to often.& i have to wonder is it because of the
honesty that it deals with?put your hands together is a very uptempo
song.the O'Jays together with the great genius producer team of
Gamble&Huff make this ground breaking classic.ship ahoy takes us
all back to the slave ships.the air i breathe is very deep.what makes
this album so tight is that the music is danceable but you still can
really listen to the message.i always respect albums that are saying
something&this one certainly does.
the group's high point. Two more Top Ten hits: "Put Your Hands
Together" is another Four Tops imitation, but "For The Love Of Money"
is phenomenal funk, with compelling group vocals and an unforgettable
phased bass line played by Anthony Jackson. Then there's the anthem
"Now That We've Found Love," which was later recorded by Martha Reeves
and still later became a smash hit for Heavy D. And though they're
still copying Norm Whitfield's epic production style (in turn copied
from Isaac Hayes), Gamble and Huff tackle an overlooked subject with
the title track, a sound effect-laden meditation on the Middle Passage
which brought Africans to the New World - a powerful if low-key mood
piece that puts its ten-minute running time to good use. On the other
hand, the nine minutes allotted to the bluesy "Don't Call Me Brother"
is just excessive. Even the negligible tunes have nice touches: "People
Keep Tellin' Me" has a propulsive bass line; the soulful "You Got Your
Hooks In Me" is spiced with blues guitar licks. Mostly arranged by
Bobby Martin; Norman Harris arranged two tracks and Lenny Pakula
arranged the Latin-tinged "This Air I Breathe."