ARTIST: Ohio Players
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #177, #21 Soul
SINGLES: Pain (#64, #35 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not
LINEUP: Andrew Noland, Gregory Webster, Junie Morrison, Sugarfoot Bonner, Rock Jones, Pee Wee Middlebrooks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The real Ohio Players journey starts here, with an outing halfway in the funk and halfway in the classic soul.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After breaking up and then getting back together minus a few folks, the Ohio Players secured a deal with Funkadelic’s label and recoded their first foray into funk. Kinda.
It’s not as wild and outrageous as Funkadelic, but it did catch notice for its cover and its single, the title track. There was some nascent funk, and some jazzier leanings, while some tracks had more elements of the classic R&B they recorded before.
It was a step in the right direction, and something they could grow on with time. It’s not a vital, must have, but the title track is great.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The Granny character introduced herself in this album, and would appear on them through 1974
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with cover versions that were leftovers.
GRADE: B-: Moving toward the funk, with a keep of a title track.