One reason to suffer the many hassles of owning a turntable for personal, non-commercial use is putting on the second side of Ship Ahoy and hearing the first bass notes of "For the Love of Money." They echo slightly, pulse in succession, stand strong -- one of the strongest opening lines in American music.

More than seven minutes later, you're looking with disdain at your own wallet. Such was the power of The O'Jays, who weren't as consistent as some soul contemporaries but offered some of the greatest singles of the '70s. "Love Train" tore up the charts, but this track is the group's great statement of social purpose.