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Album Review

With a bottom-heavy funk sound driven by bright and brilliantly arranged killer horn riffs, the Ohio Players were one of the best and most consistent of the 1970s funk bands, and their approach and lyric sensibility in many ways prefigured the hip-hop explosion that hit some 30 years later. This two-disc, 24-track survey of their key Mercury Records tracks explodes like a party-in-a-box straight out of the gate, and includes the irresistible hits "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster," as well as lesser known (but no less impressive) sides like "Far East Mississippi" and the gorgeous "Time Slips Away." This band still sounds great and that they also sound surprisingly contemporary in both tone and theme is revelatory. Everything essential is here.

Customer Reviews

Ohio Players Beyond Gold

Classic 70's Funk/Soul. I grew up to my parents rocking these classics. Music and beats are still absolutely timeless. You don't get better than this.

Ohio Players

I wonder could iTunes get a reissue of the album Contradiction. There are some excellent Ohio Players classic songs on this album also. Thanks in advance.


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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