Ohio Players - Angel | 2016 | MP3

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Ohio Players - Angel | 2016 | MP3
 Artist: Ohio Players
Title: Angel
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Quality: mp3 320 kbps
Total Time: 00:40:39
Total Size: 102 mb
01. Angel
02. Merry Go Round
03. Glad to Know You"re Mine
04. Don"t Fight My Love
05. Body Vibes
06. Can You Still Love Me
07. O.H.I.O
08. Faith
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 of Ward"s founded the Detroit-based Lupine Records, and the group traveled north to the Motor City to back the Falcons on their hit "I Found a Love"; the Ohio Untouchables soon made their headlining
debut with "Love Is Amazing," but when Ward subsequently exited for a
solo career, the group essentially disbanded. At that point, the nucleus of Middlebrooks, Jones, and newly added guitarist Leroy "Sugarfoot"
Bonner returned to Dayton; there they recruited saxophonist Andrew
Noland and drummer Gary Webster, the latter a somewhat elusive figure
whose true involvement in the group"s convoluted history has never been
definitively answered -- some sources credit him as a founding
Untouchable, others even as the band"s early leader. In any case, by
1967, with the subsequent addition of singers Bobby Lee Fears and Dutch
Robinson, the newly rechristened Ohio Players were signed as the house
band for the New York-based Compass Records, backing singer Helena
Ferguson on her lone hit, "Where Is the Party," before issuing their
solo debut, "Trespassin"," which hit the R&B charts in early 1968.
Although the Players" trademark bottom-heavy, horn-driven sound was
already blossoming, their follow-up, "It"s a Cryin" Shame," flopped, and as Compass teetered on the brink of bankruptcy they exited the label.
(Their early Compass sides were later packaged as First Impressions.)
The Players then landed on Capitol, where 1969"s "Here Today, Gone
Tomorrow" was a minor hit; an LP, Observations in Time, soon followed,
with covers of "Summertime" and "Over the Rainbow" offering a strong
hint of the stylistic detours to follow. In 1970 the group disbanded,
however; Fears and Robinson both mounted solo careers, while the
remaining members again decamped to Dayton, eventually re-forming with
keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter Walter "Junie" Morrison, trumpeter Bruce Napier, and trombonist Marvin Pierce. Influenced by the
groundbreaking funk of Sly & the Family Stone -- and with the nasal, cartoon-voiced Bonner assuming vocal duties -- the new Ohio Players
lineup made their debut with the single "Pain," issued on the small
local label Rubber Town Sounds; it was soon picked up for distribution
by the Detroit-based Westbound label, reaching the R&B Top 40 in
late 1971. An LP, also titled Pain, appeared that same year, and was
followed in 1972 by Pleasure, which launched the absurdist smash "Funky
Worm." Ecstacy appeared in 1973, and after 1974"s Climax, the Players
signed to Mercury; the label change also heralded yet more lineup
changes, with keyboardist Billy Beck replacing Morrison (who later
signed on with Parliament) and drummer Jimmy "Diamond" Williams taking
over for Webster. At Mercury, the Ohio Players enjoyed their greatest
success; not only did their sound coalesce, but they became notorious
for their sexually provocative LP covers, a tradition begun during their Westbound tenure. Their 1974 Mercury debut, Skin Tight, was their first unequivocal classic, launching the hit title track as well as "Jive
Turkey." Its follow-up, Fire, remains the Players" masterpiece, topping
the pop charts on the strength of its bone-rattling title cut, itself a
number one hit; "I Want to Be Free," one of the band"s few attempts at
social commentary, was also highly successful. 1975"s Honey -- which
featured perhaps the Players" most controversial and erotic cover to
date -- was another monster, generating the chart-topping masterpiece
"Love Rollercoaster" in addition to the hits "Sweet Sticky Thing" and
"Fopp." The insistent "Who"d She Coo?" from 1976"s Contradiction, was
the Players" last number one R&B hit; "O-H-I-O," from 1977"s Angel,
was their last major hit on any chart, and as the "70s drew to a close,
the band"s fortunes continued to decline. 1979"s Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee was
their final Mercury effort, and upon signing to Arista, the Players
returned with Everybody Up, followed by a pair of dismal releases on
Boardwalk, 1981"s Tenderness and 1982"s Ouch! After 1984"s Graduation,
four years passed prior to the release of their next effort, Back. No
new material was forthcoming, although various lineups continued
performing live well into the following decades. Despite the deaths of
core members Satchell (December 1995), Middlebrooks (November 1997),
Ward (December 2008), Johnson (February 2009), and Bonner (January
2013), the band continued to sporadically record and extensively tour.
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