Ohio Players ‎- 1972 – Pleasure

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‘Pleasure’ is a raw, funk-filled album featuring the Ohio Players at their most unpolished.

And like on ‘Pain’, the opening track here too is reserved for a lengthy, loose jam session with sparse lyrics.

“Pleasure” rides a ferocious, rocking groove mainly due to Sugarfoot’s rollicking guitar figures and Greg Webster’s solid drumming.

There’s some nice blaxpo in the mix through the use of Hammond organ and flutes, as well. 

Tracks
A1 Pleasure 5:28
A2 Laid It 3:00
A3 Pride and Vanity 4:22
A4 Walt’s First Trip 3:08
B1 Varee Is Love 2:43
B2 Walked Away From You 2:29
B3 Paint Me 2:02
B4 Funky Worm 2:35
B5 Our Love Has Died 4:50

Review By Soulmakossa

Funk-rock at its craziest comes in the guise of the catchy “Laid It“, a rhythm riot of a groove with what at first listen seem to be nonsensical lyrics… But check it out a little deeper… Also dig the tongue-in-cheek old-school soul backing vox! 

Things quiet down a bit with the mellow, jazzy work-out “Pride and Vanity“, which almost sounds like juke joint vaudeville at times. Superb piano playing, meaty bass chops and dreamy horn charts. But the smoothest point is reached with the lilting ballad “Varee Is Love”, which goes for the close harmony/Philly Soul bag. 

The Players take off to Grooveland once more on the ridiculously infectious instrumental “Walt’s First Trip“, a horn-heavy romp that could have come out of the J.B.’s stable. That same crunching groove can be heard on the sweat-soaked “Walked Away From You“, with Sugarfoot adding some nice country guitar fills. 

Low-down, nasty swamp funkin’ boogie is up next with the fatback strutter “Paint Me“, which has a strong, melodic, horn-filled bridge and an understated, but still powerful lead vocal by Junie Morisson. 

The big hit naturally was the wacky “Funky Worm“, a titanic groove fest featuring Junie’s revolutionary use of high-pitched synth wails to mimick the wiggles of the guitar-playing (?) worm… Most hilarious of all is the granny character, who is the money-hungry manager of the wondrous creature. Like she says, this is as funky as ‘nine cans of shavin’ powder!’ 

But the album finishes on a serious note: the haunting, mid-tempo ballad “Our Love Has Died” is a creepy, world-weary venture into the soul of a heartbroken man. 

A superior album yet again.

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16 Comments
  • Dug
    Posted at 11:14h, 07 April 2019 Reply

    PFunk rules. The cover photo was taken by Joel Brodsky.

  • amio
    Posted at 11:15h, 07 April 2019 Reply

    Pleasure is a funk classic. Thnx

  • scott ronan
    Posted at 13:55h, 07 April 2019 Reply

    Thanks dude. I have this on vinyl so this saves me having to rip it myself.

  • Allen
    Posted at 00:11h, 08 April 2019 Reply

    they had the sexiest damn album covers on the planet!

  • Glenn
    Posted at 00:13h, 08 April 2019 Reply

    Straight Up FUNK!!!!

  • Kenny
    Posted at 22:20h, 08 April 2019 Reply

    one of the best bands of the 70s by far

  • Manara
    Posted at 22:41h, 08 April 2019 Reply

    Solid Memories

  • Jude collins
    Posted at 00:00h, 09 April 2019 Reply

    These was the good old days😊

  • Devil Cat
    Posted at 00:25h, 09 April 2019 Reply

    old skool funk….can ya dig it?

  • Joshua
    Posted at 00:29h, 09 April 2019 Reply

    47 years later: This shit still puts me on fire!

  • Salamanga
    Posted at 13:05h, 09 April 2019 Reply

    you can’t make it no funkier

  • Elzie
    Posted at 13:05h, 09 April 2019 Reply

    Dangerous motherfuckers😎

  • Osman
    Posted at 13:15h, 09 April 2019 Reply

    Yeah Man 🔥🔥🔥

  • S.G.
    Posted at 22:54h, 13 April 2019 Reply

    Μuch love from Amsterdam

  • Lefteris Aerakis
    Posted at 19:09h, 10 May 2019 Reply

    Love from Crete-Greece!

  • River City Slim
    Posted at 02:55h, 20 May 2019 Reply

    The link seems to be dead. Any chance of a re-up?

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