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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Westbound
  • ASIN: B0000263I7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ohio Players - Pleasure - Cd

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A major plus with this set of Westbound reissues is the quality of the bonus tracks. The Players were already RnB / jazz veterans by this point and they really excel when stretching out in extended jams such as Dimensions in Time and What it is. Stripped down to drums, bass, electric piano and guitar these grooves cook. The drummer Gregory Webster drops a tight, sticky groove pushing some toe tapping beats. Add some tasty comping from electric piano and guitar and the recipe for an infectious chicken strut is complete. In 1973 the Players were a contender for top funk band of the day and hit RnB #1 with Funky Worm, surely a P-Funk style hit years before George and Bernie cracked the formula, with its snaking synth squiggles and surreal cartoon vocals.

The Players had their own sound, and at this point a tighter, jazzier groove than P-Funk. Ricky Vincent is close to the mark describing the Players as “blues jazz-rock that dabbled in strange time changes, with bridges coming and going, and segments of songs in one style, only to leap to another …”.
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Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to the Ohio Players through the single "Pleasure".
Wow! what an eye/ear opener! Changed my whole musical tastes. But the first album I got hold of was "Pain"(see my review).The title track from this album was/is one of the best things I've ever heard, totally eclipsing the innovative "Pleasure". The same goes album v album - Pleasure hasn't got what Pain has got. True, Pleasure's got "Funky Worm", which a lot of people went crazy about (the best thing Granny did, for those in the know), but I honestly can't enthuse about this album as I can about Pain.You have to have it though, because it's a Westbound album and, therefore a Junie Morrison album (see my review about him too!).
Both albums contain 'bonus tracks' which weren't on the original vinyl albums, and these are mostly throwawayable and detract from the context.
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Format: Audio CD
Brilliant cd, and very good condition.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9366c66c) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
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HASH(0x9364c204) out of 5 stars Westbound Groove Grease at its best ! ! ! 4 July 2003
By Eddie Landsberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This isn't the smooth (yet funky) Cameo/Gap Band'ish Ohio Players of Skin Tight and Fire fame... same group only much harder and tripped out... I like them both mind you, but this album is really over the edge. I think what made these earlier albums must have been Junie (later of Funkadelic fame) who left the group when they went over to Mercury (then Sugar emerged as leader.) - - Driven by funky horn lines, the grooves are uniquiely Ohio Players funk... If for some reason you've never heard this side of the Players (or even the players at all) I guess you could describe their early '70s sound as Tower of Power meets Billy Preston with a very typical WESTBOUND sound, and like Kool & The Gang (circa Spirit of the Boogie) expect to hear not only some very funky grooves, but an occasional tripped out Jazzy horn solo or two over it (The trumpet solo on the title track is a fave of mine ! ! ! ) - - For true funk fans the Ohio Player's PAIN, PLEASURE, CLIMAX (in fact all of their Westbound albums with the bald chick on the cover) are definite MUST HAVE spins !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mercury Ohio Players is fantastic, polished 1970s funk, but never discount the lesser known Westbound material.

Pleasure is one: this band tightens the riffs of Pain, speeds up the tempos, and sounds infinately more confident. They add a lot more percussion flourishes; most of all, the Players run extremely tight and complex horn lines on top of the flat, minimal chord changes here. The group began as a jazz unit, and listening to Plesure, you conclude these guys could have easily worked for Stan Kenton, Donald Byrd, or any other late 60s top cat you can name.

If there is a critique to be made, the guitar playing is a little loungey for the early 1970s and could have been goosed a'la Hazel and Hendrix. But then again, the Ohio Players were taking their cues from 1950s jazz, so even this small point is highly debatable

This is jazzy soul, not soul jazz: you will never mistake Plesure for a Stanley Turantine album. The Ohio Players may have been labeled a funk band, but the hairpin turn arrangements and crack horn work here shows this band was aspiring, and mastering, a music a lot more ambitious and complicated than a lot of their Blue Note jazz counterparts.

There were many great funk bands and a lot of great horn work during this era, but the Ohio Players may have been the most bold and successful at mixing this commercially viable form with the most grand artistic asperations
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x933b7b90) out of 5 stars Pleasurable. 14 Dec. 2005
By Steven Majors - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. I got the 8 treack when it first came out and just fell in love with this album. Westbound records was a "low budget" type of company, but the mix was pretty clean. Junie of course sang lead on the title cut "Pleasure" the album has the extended version with Junie playing his organ. However the climax of the 45 version, Junie let's out a holler "HAAAAAAAAAAY HAAAAYEEE Yeah Ha Yeah Ha! Laid it is a slick cut with Junie leading on the mic. "I don't wanna steal the money but my woman's acting funny, and the jail house ain't too sunny". My other favorites are "Paint Me" & "Walked Away Fom You". Of course "Funky Worm" was the cut and even today, it makes me laugh to hear Granny say "Don't stop now honey get down". The slow jams are nice with Sugar foot singing "our Love Has Died" and he and Junie sharing on Varee is Love'. My least favorite is "Pride & Vanity" (Mary J Blige samples this on "What's the 411". I do recommend this. It brings back precious memories of when I was a dancing teenager.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9364c4e0) out of 5 stars an instant classic 29 Oct. 2002
By Sherance M. Brothers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
you gotta get this if you like the ohio players contains funky worm which is one of the most samples songs in rap history, other tunes include varee is love another classic and pleasure ain't bad either junie morrison did funky worm by himself proving his genius and the end results was his own solo contract the man was a one man band way before imitators like prince and roger troutman hit the scene.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9364c720) out of 5 stars "Old School" 10 Nov. 2008
By Patricia Castillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD is for the true old schoolers that enjoy what real music is all about. The Ohio Players have always been one of my favorite groups. A must buy for the playa in you!
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