Summertime ... CD Charly (UK), Late 60s/1996. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cool 22 track CD that brings together all of the obscure sides that the OhioPlayers recorded before they moved onto bigger fame at Westbound. Some of this stuff has shown up on Capitol, and other tracks have shown up on obscure compilations on labels like Trip, from the early 70's. The groove is less messed-up funky than their 70's records, and has more of a southern soul groove to it. The guitars are very nice, and the group has a good harmony sound on some tracks that's very different than their later sound. Cuts include "Trespassin", "Cold, Cold World", "Bad Bargain", "A Little Soul Party", "Love Slips Through My Fingers", "I Gotta Get Away", My Neighbors", and the title track, a very cool long cover of "Summertime". CD
(Out of print.)
Ecstasy ... CD Westbound (UK), 1973. Used ...
Out Of Stock
Fuzzy funk from some of the all-time greats – one of the key Westbound Records classics from the mighty OhioPlayers! This album's got the Players working at their all-time best – a bit jazzy, with a more sophisticated undercurrent than some of their contemporaries – a righteous vibe that's light years ahead of the 45 crowd – with plenty of space on the album to try out a wide variety of ideas in their music! Junie Morrison did the arrangements for the record, and the album's a great blend of light and dark moments throughout – sometimes a sweet vocal, sometimes a heavy piano line – all wrapped up with a sense of focus, but still enough freedom to let the group do their thing! Features the incredible title cut "Ecstasy", the great instrumental "Not So Sad And Lonely", and the tracks "Do You Feel It", "Black Cat", "Sleep Talk", "Food Stamps Y'All", and "Short Change". CD
(Out of print UK pressing. Tray card has a light water stain.)
A soaring stormer from T-Connection – and a set that has them sounding even better than before! There's a perfection here the group didn't have with earlier releases – a quality that goes way past indie funk ensemble, into the realm of some of the best mainstream acts on the bigger labels at the time – company shared by a rare few, like Earth Wind & Fire, OhioPlayers, or the Bar-Kays! Things are every bit as funky as before – but there's a way of putting the tunes together that really blows us away – fusing all the elements together perfectly, and making everything work towards the groove – yet all without making anything sound too slick or polished either. Mighty nice all the way through – and titles include "Funky Lady", "Don't Stop The Music", "Funkannection", "Saturday Night", "At Midnight", and "Love Supreme". CD features great bonus tracks – "At Midnight (12" single version), "Saturday Night (12" single version)", "At Midnight (single version)", and "Saturday Night (single version)". CD