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Album Review

Polygram Special Markets' The Best of the Ohio Players may not be a definitive collection by any means — "Fire," "Love Rollercoaster, " "Fopp, " "Sweet Sticky Thing" are all missing — but get beyond that flaw and the compilation seems perfectly adequate as a sampler, since it does boast such items as "Skin Tight, " "Who'd She Coo?, " "Feel the Beat (Everybody Disco)" and "O-H-I-O." It's still something only budget-minded casual fans will be interested in — collectors will have all the material and most casual fans will want all the hits if they're going to buy a hits collection — but it's not a bad listen at all. The cassette version of The Best of Ohio Players contains three fewer cuts than its CD counterpart; it's missing "Funk-O-Nots, " "Good Luck Charms" and "Sleepwalkin'."

Biography

Formed: 1959 in Dayton, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their slinky, horn-powered grooves, impeccable musicianship, and eye-popping album covers, the Ohio Players were among the top funk bands of the mid-'70s. Emerging from the musical hotbed of Dayton in 1959, the group was originally dubbed the Ohio Untouchables, and initially comprised singer/guitarist Robert Ward, bassist Marshall "Rock" Jones, saxophonist/guitarist Clarence "Satch" Satchell, drummer Cornelius Johnson, and trumpeter/trombonist Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks. In late 1961, a relative...
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