The definitive pre-fame / pre-"Pain" overview of one of the world's greatest funk bands!
By the time the Ohio Players released their breakthrough single "Pain" in 1971 they had already been together since the late fifties, originally as the Ohio Untouchables and as the Ohio Players since 1967. Within a few years they would hit superstardom with US #1 pop hits "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster." However, it was their earlier work with legendary producer Johnny Brantley, featured here, that created their unique "sound" and the foundation of their future success.
This exclusive two-disc deluxe package gathers together - for the first time - all of the Johnny Brantley productions including every track originally released as singles, the complete Observations in Time album, plus later compilation-only tracks and additional unreleased recordings from the vaults. Features the bands first R&B hit "Trespassin'" and the Northern Soul anthem "Love Slips Through My Fingers." Also features the bands wacky funked-up cover version of Allen Toussaint's classic "Mother in Law" which paved the way for the Top 20 hit "Funky Worm."
As mentioned above The Ohio Players would go on to become one of the most successful soul and funk groups of the decade, they were a phenomenon. It was a success that was built on the work that was done in the late 1960s, when as a band with a new identity they forged a sound that was uniquely their own.
- Double LP
- Translucent Green Vinyl
- First-Ever Curated Collection Bringing Together the Complete Johnny Brantley Productions
- Complete Observations in Time Album
- Later Compilation-Only Tracks
- Unreleased Recordings from the Vaults
- Deluxe Gatefold Packaging
- Fully Restored Artwork
- Curated & Annotated by Black Music Historian & Acid Jazz Co-Owner Dean Rudland
- Made in the EU
- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
- Stop Lying to Yourself
- Over the Rainbow
- Find Someone to Love
- Cold, Cold World
- Bad Bargain
- The Man I Am
- Lonely Street
- Street Party
- A Little Soul Party
- A Thing Called Love
- Tell Me Why
- You Don't Mean It
- I've Got to Hold On
- It's a Crying Shame
- Alabama Soupbone - Parts1 & 2
- I Gotta Get Away
- Love Slipped Through My Fingers
- Lonely Streets at Midnight