The "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.