Ohio Players – 1973 – Ecstasy

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The Ohio Players’ last album for Westbound, ‘Ecstasy’, shows the group already moving toward more commercial terrain. This was mostly evident through the swapping of drummers; heavy hitter Greg Webster was replaced by the more refined James ‘Diamond’ Williams during these sessions.

But it still contains plenty of that raw funky filth that had adorned the band’s two predecessing longplayers. 

Tracks
A1 Ecstasy 2:27
A2 You and Me 3:13
A3 (Not So) Sad and Lonely 3:20
A4 (I Wanna Know) Do You Feel It 4:23
A5 Black Cat 4:25
B1 Food Stamps Y’All 3:12
B2 Spinning 3:04
B3 Sleep Talk 3:15
B4 Silly Billy 4:26
B5 Short Change 2:55

Review By Soulmakossa

The rollicking “Ecstasy” is another semi-instrumental, this one hung up on Sugarfoot’s tumbling guitar pattern, a whining Hammond organ and Marshall Jones’ incessant bass riffs. 

It gets decidedly more mellow with the soft soul ballad “You and Me“, with more of Junie’s falsetto lead, and plenty of embellishments, making it sound like a Chi-Lites track all the way through. 

The sturdy blues-based funk of “(Not So) Sad and Lonely” is far better, with more emphasis on the horns, and, as a ballad, the mid-paced “(I Wanna Know) Do You Feel It” is way more satisfying, with its teasing build-up and suspenseful vibe. 

The hardest funk here is delivered in a one-two punch: the fatback, greasy romp “Black Cat” struts mightily along, with the horn-filled instrumental “Foodstamps Y’all” quickly following suit, sounding somewhat similar to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. 

Spinning“, while definitely funky, already starts to show that gloss that would mark (and for me marr) their subsequential hit albums on Mercury: the grit seems to be consciously kept to a minimum, giving the tune a sterile overall sound. 

I like the moody ballad “Sleep Talk” better, with its vicious wah wah guitars and colossal horn riffs. But ballad-wise there is a real clunker here too with the poppy, sugary “Silly Billy“. 

Fortunately, their last Westbound set closes with a solid slice of funk rockin’ mayhem with the foot-stomping drums of “Short Change“… Both the guitars and layers of horns give this jam a nasty vibe quite akin to Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein”.

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16 Comments
  • Funkyboytoy
    Posted at 10:02h, 19 April 2019 Reply

    Junie Morrison with Ohio players!!!!
    He left after this one for a solo career and then joined Parliament/Funkadelic became a pivotal member of both groups, assuming the role of musical director for the latter.

  • Dug
    Posted at 10:04h, 19 April 2019 Reply

    Loved these brothers!

  • Haga
    Posted at 00:46h, 20 April 2019 Reply

    Funk!!! Funk!!! Funk!!! Thanks for another great drop.

  • Ziabolik
    Posted at 00:48h, 20 April 2019 Reply

    3 gems from the brothers! Thanks for the continued generosity.

  • Arlon 23
    Posted at 11:12h, 20 April 2019 Reply

    Great post by all means. Love this site.

  • Bill the joker
    Posted at 15:07h, 20 April 2019 Reply

    Thanks as always nikos. it’s greatly appreciated!

  • scott
    Posted at 15:27h, 20 April 2019 Reply

    Westbound…Lookin’ forward to checking this one out.

  • Jean B
    Posted at 21:28h, 21 April 2019 Reply

    Great choice. Thank you for your wonderful blog and music.

  • Son
    Posted at 01:04h, 22 April 2019 Reply

    The trilogy, full of the genious Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison.

  • Carlton
    Posted at 10:12h, 22 April 2019 Reply

    Underappreciated and underrated, innovative funksters from OHIO!

  • Elton
    Posted at 12:34h, 22 April 2019 Reply

    Right. Junie was Jammin on these!!!!!!

  • Johnny
    Posted at 09:42h, 23 April 2019 Reply

    I already have this album, all I have to say is that it is a beauty. My favorite track: Spinning

  • Grace
    Posted at 14:26h, 24 April 2019 Reply

    Thanks for posting – this is a great new find for me…
    Muito obrigado!

  • Tim Lennon
    Posted at 00:44h, 25 April 2019 Reply

    A lovely piece of raw funk.

  • C.Harper
    Posted at 23:58h, 27 April 2019 Reply

    thanks i enjoy all your drops much appreciated

  • Isabel
    Posted at 00:23h, 28 April 2019 Reply

    maravilha!!!

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