by Dave Segal
on Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM
(Snoqualmie Casino) If you found yourself in the proximity of a radio in the first half of the '70s (stop laughing, commercial stations used to be pretty good), you probably had your soul/funk jones sated by Philadelphia group the O'Jays. Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, and William Powell sang with passion, sociopolitical purpose, and panache over some of the most sophisticated productions—courtesy of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff—of that zenithy era for soul and funk. Among a dozen or so all-time classics, "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," "Give the People What They Want," and "For the Love of Money" especially resonate, combining biting realism with inspirational optimism. Even if the O'Jays are only firing at 67 percent of their peak capacity, their catalog's sterling enough for at least that many minutes of golden memories.