Personnel: Bunny Sigler (guitar, piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Doc Wade (guitar, background vocals); Reggie Lucas, Dennis Harris , Dennis Dozier, Edward Moore, Tom Kennery, T.J. Tindall, David Bay, Guy Fiske, Kim Miller, Norman Harris, Roland Chambers, Ronnie James , Bobby Eli (guitar); Rudy Maliazia, Don Renaldo, Charles Apollonia, Christine Reeves, Albert Barone, Joe Donofrio (violin); Angelo Petrella, Davis A. Barnett (viola); Romeo Distefano, Larry Gold (cello); Sam Peake, Zach Zachary, John C.F. Davis, Toni Williams, Jack Faith, Michael Pedicin, Jr. (flute, saxophone); Roger Stevens, Rocco Bene (trumpet); Bobby Martin (French horn, vibraphone); Joseph DeAngelis, Milton Phibbs (French horn); Bob Moore & His Orchestra, Al Grey (trombone); Dexter Wansel, David Jones & the Revels Chorus, Eddie Green , Cotton Kent, James Mendell, Ugene Dozier, Frankie Brunson, Bruce Gray, T.G. Conway, Jerry Cohen, Jimmy Sigler, Lenny Pakula, Leon Huff , Richard Rome, Ron Kersey, Victor Carstarphen, Thom Bell (piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Vince Montana (vibraphone, marimba, congas, bongos, tambourine, timpani); Nick Dimico (vibraphone); Earl Young, Charlie Collins (marimba, drums, congas, bongos, tambourine, timpani, background vocals); Robert Cupit, James Hicks, David Cruse, Allan Felder, Ron Tyson (marimba, congas, bongos, tambourine, timpani); Karl Chambers, Jim Helmer, Scott Miller , Michael Thompson , Norman Farrington (drums); Cissy Houston, Evette Benton, Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson, Harriet Tharpe, David Guest, Gene McFadden, Stanley Wade, Herb Johnson & The Impacts, Carl Helm, Deborah Stockton, Joseph B. Jefferson, Linda Creed, Yvette Davis, Shirley Brewer, E.J. Jones (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Eddie Levert; Lyah Beth LeFlore.
Recording information: Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Photographers: Don Hunstein; Baron Wolman.
Arrangers: Gerald Levert; Harold Battiste, Jr.; Bobby Martin ; Jack Faith; Norman Harris; Richard Tee; Ron Fair; Thom Bell.
Supplanting the first ESSENTIAL O'JAYS collection (a single disc limited to the 1970s), this edition is a two-disc set that covers the full breadth of the R&B legends' career. From early tunes such as the doo wop-tinged "Lonely Drifter" through '70s soul classics like "Back Stabbers," on through to latter-day hits such as 1987 chart-topper "Lovin' You," this collection offers a comprehensive accounting of the O'Jays' life in music.