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Sure, the Ohio Players also produced Skin Tight and Honey, but make no mistake: Fire was the big one, the thick-hipped, fat-bottomed monolith that Dayton, Ohio's favorite sons had been working toward for 15 long years. In one sweet stroke, The Ohio Players distilled their hot horns, super-slinky grooves, and near-lethal sex attack into 36 minutes, 18 seconds of supreme goodness. Not a single note is wasted, not a bead of sweat misplaced. First things first: the title track, one of the greatest moments in funk And where there's "Fire" you just knew there had to be "Smoke," another horn-heavy bounce bonanza right up there with the fierce "What The Hell" and "Runnin' From The Devil." In between and all around, jams like the tender "Together" and the plush "I Want To Be Free" bring on the nuance, leavening the hard funk with a soft, sweet caress.

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Hall of Famers

The Ohio Players were without question the most unique sounding R&B group of the 70's, and created one of the most original sound styles of any musical era.Truth be told, Earth, Wind & Fire could not touch these brothers musicianship. If you listen real closely and compare the Ohio Players musical sound to other R&B group recordings of the 70's era, you can detect a Master student relationship and the Ohio Players were clearly the Masters. The 3 Albums, Skin Tight, Fire, and Honey, absolutely destroys the competition of any other R&B group of the same time period. This is not an opinion, this is a FACT!!! If you collect music and you do not have the 3 aforementioned albums within your collection you simply do not have a good ear for MUSIC.


A true breakout group in the cluttered field of seventies funk bands, with a unique thematic album concept. Additionally what set the Ohio Players apart is excellent musicianship and unique sound. They should be regarded among the masters of the genre and “Fire” perhaps their best album.

Bobby Bee

Outside of the fantastic covers- they always had a message-concept and a def "slow jam" - on this one 'I Want to Be Free'!


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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