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Pleasure

Ohio Players

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Album Review

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. [The 2007 reissue includes bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

It Was There Best.

To me this was their best album. I took notice of the group with their first album pain. But this album was a big hit in the north east. Particularly New Haven CT. The group made a few appearances in the area during this period and sold out every time. Like other groups the Ohio Players had a sound of their own that could not be duplicated. When you played one of there songs, you knew it was them and that it was time to dance. Although the original album had only nine tracks, the added tracks can only be a bonus to a very hard hitting, exciting album that should be added to any 70's music collectors collection.

Funky Worm

Short but great song with licks that have been used by a lot of west coast artist. Can't stop playing it! :)

It's about time!

I signed up for iTunes so I could get my hands on songs like the title tune. Thanks!

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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