Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Gospel
When the Ohio Players recorded their second Westbound album, Pleasure, in 1972, they weren't as big as they would be from 1974-1976. But their popularity was growing -- slowly but surely -- and those who were hip to the... more »
When the Ohio Players recorded their second Westbound album, Pleasure, in 1972, they weren't as big as they would be from 1974-1976. But their popularity was growing -- slowly but surely -- and those who were hip to the band recognized it as one of the most cutting-edge acts in the funk field. A lot of bands were providing funk in 1972, but not many of them used jazz progressions as creatively as the Players used them on "Laid It," "Walked Away from You," and Pleasure's title song. Those tracks are gems, and the Players are equally captivating on the sweet soul ballad "Varee Is Love." But the best known tune on the album is the goofy "Funky Worm," which employed the Players' amusing Granny character and was, in 1972, their biggest hit to date. Long after the band's popularity faded, "Funky Worm" would live on in the '80s and '90s thanks to the various hip-hoppers who sampled its irresistible bassline. Like Pain in 1971, Pleasure had a kinky cover that generated some controversy -- the same bald woman who brandished a bullwhip and wore dominatrix attire on the front cover of Pain was chained up on the cover of Pleasure. Some folks found the Players' kinky LP covers intriguing, while others were shocked and offended. And the Players, having struggled in the '60s, were happy to be noticed. But ultimately, it is the quality of the music -- not the bondage-minded cover -- that makes Pleasure a funk classic. - Alex Henderson, All Music Guide This 2007 reissue includes seven bonus tracks, in-depth sleeve notes, and a full-color 12-page booklet.
Westbound Groove Grease at its best ! ! !
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 07/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't the smooth (yet funky) Cameo/Gap Band'ish Ohio Players of Skin Tight and Fire fame... same group only much harder and tripped out... I like them both mind you, but this album is really over the edge. I think what made these earlier albums must have been Junie (later of Funkadelic fame) who left the group when they went over to Mercury (then Sugar emerged as leader.) - - Driven by funky horn lines, the grooves are uniquiely Ohio Players funk... If for some reason you've never heard this side of the Players (or even the players at all) I guess you could describe their early '70s sound as Tower of Power meets Billy Preston with a very typical WESTBOUND sound, and like Kool & The Gang (circa Spirit of the Boogie) expect to hear not only some very funky grooves, but an occasional tripped out Jazzy horn solo or two over it (The trumpet solo on the title track is a fave of mine ! ! ! ) - - For true funk fans the Ohio Player's PAIN, PLEASURE, CLIMAX (in fact all of their Westbound albums with the bald chick on the cover) are definite MUST HAVE spins !"
Patricia Castillo | 11/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is for the true old schoolers that enjoy what real music is all about. The Ohio Players have always been one of my favorite groups. A must buy for the playa in you!"