Ohio Players - Ecstasy (LP)

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0029667012119
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Original Release Year:
1973
Genre(s):
Funk, Soul
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Artist: Ohio Players
Album: Ecstasy
Gatefold: Yes
Released: Europe, 2020

Tracklist:

A1Ecstasy
A2You And Me
A3Not So Sad And Lonely
A4(I Wanna Know) Do You Feel It
A5Black Cat
B1Food Stamps Y'All
B2Spinning
B3Sleep Talk
B4Silly Billy
B5Short Change

The final part of our vinyl trilogy of the Ohio Players' Westbound albums is the "Ecstasy" LP from 1973.A gatefold sleeve featuring one of photographer Joel Brodsky's famous photographs. This time a bondage woman is chained to two scantily dressed men. The music was brilliant. The mix of funk, soul and sheer joyous invention found it's outlet in what is probably the strongest overall set by the band. 'Sleep Talk', 'Food Stamps Y'All' and the title track all pack a mighty punch, while songs such as 'You And Me' show the band's deft touch with the more soulful material. Throughout the 1970s, the Ohio Players were famous (or infamous) for their erotic album covers. But there are major differences between the covers of Mercury albums like Skin Tight, Fire, Honey, and Contradiction and the covers of such Westbound releases as Pleasure and Pain. At Mercury, the Players' album covers favored softcore erotica à la Playboy or Penthouse, whereas the covers of their Westbound LPs were more bizarre and offered kinky bondage/S&M imagery. Those covers came under attack from different parts of the political spectrum; some of the more radical feminists accused the Players of objectifying women, while Republicans and Christian fundamentalists accused them of promoting moral decline. And the Players were laughing all the way to the bank -- at least from 1974 on. When their third Westbound album, Ecstasy, came out in 1973, they were still a year away from signing with Mercury and becoming really huge. But they did have a small cult following, which found that Ecstasy fell short of the excellence of Pain and Pleasure. Nonetheless, the material is respectable and generally decent. Serious Players fans will find sweaty funk items like "Spinning," "Black Cat," and the title song to be enjoyable even though they aren't among the band's essential recordings. While Ecstasy isn't recommended to casual listeners, it isn't a bad album to have in your collection if you fancy yourself a hardcore Players addict. - AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

"Ecstasy (September 1973) is the fourth studio album by the Ohio Players and the third released through the Westbound label. The album was produced by the band, and arranged by Walter "Junie" Morrison. The cover photo was taken by Joel Brodsky." - Wikipedia

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