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In the mid-'70s, the Ohio Players shot to the top of the funk world. Today, "Love Rollercoaster," "Skin Tight" and "Fire" remain classics of pure party funk. Now the band's biggest and best retrospective, first issued in 1995, has now been newly digitally remastered, using 24-bit technology, from the original sources--just in time for Black Music ... Read more in Amazon's Ohio Players Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000NA1ZXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Rollercoaster
2. I Want to Be Free
3. Fopp
4. Let's Do It [Interpolated With Let's Love]
5. Skin Tight
6. Fire
7. Sweet Sticky Thing
8. Jive Turkey
9. Who'd She Coo?
10. Heaven Must Be Like This
11. O-H-I-O
12. Happy Holidays, Pt. 1

Editorial Reviews

The 20th Century Masters series is the best-selling single-artist line in music history and is being re-released by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) in its ground-breaking, environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable, continuing the company's long-standing commitment to being "green."

To further reduce the amount of paper in the Eco-Pack, the CD booklet will no longer be offered. Official liner notes are easily accessible on the Internet at http://www.ilovethatsong.com/green.

UMe is the first North American music company to replace the traditional jewel case with recycled paperboard sleeves and the plastic tray with trays made from PaperFoam®, a new packaging technology from Shorewood Packaging, a business of International Paper, that is paper-recyclable and biodegradable. Shorewood Packaging is the first North American packaging supplier to produce disc trays from PaperFoam®.

Customer Reviews

Almost every song on here is good!
earth1
Skin Tight, Fire, Love Rollercoaster, I Want to Be Free (Nice), Sweet Sticky Thing, Heaven Must Be Like This (My Fave).
Janice Virtue
I may be only 24 years old, but the Ohio Players are a great group.
Arnel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By earth1 on May 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one funked up album! I bought this cd, mainly for

Fire, and Love Rollercoaster. But Skin Tight, is really

great, and Sweet Sticky Thing is too! Almost every song

on here is good! If you have an ounce of soul in your

system, and you love funk, THIS IS A MUST HAVE!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
I love the Ohio Players- they are a truly great musical group. That's why they got more than one star on this review. The quality of this album is terrible, though. It sounds like it was recorded with a handheld tape recorder off of an old, dusty vinyl record. No attempt has been made to clean it up or improve the sound quality whatsoever. Do yourself a favor and buy another album of theirs with reasonable-quality recording/mixing.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sherance M. Brothers on February 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
good songs but you really need the funk on fire cd set for more of the best funk group in ohio at the time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley on February 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The core members of what would become the Ohio Players was first formed in 1959 in Dayton,Ohio as the Ohio Untouchables.The group under went many changes in the next few years,as is often the case,and in 1967 they reformed into the Ohio Players.They disbanded in 1970 only to reform a few months later.Signed to the Westbound label in Detroit,the group ended up with a #1 song Funky Worm.They issued three albums with Westbound,all with provocative titles(and album covers)like Pain and Pleasure.In /73 they signed with Mercury Records and their careers took off.With a tight funky soul filled beat supplemented with a heavy and grooving base line,the Ohio Players went on to deserved fame and fortune.Hits came like Love Rollercoaster,Fire and Who'd She Coo.The Players could also lay down a great mood piece like Sweet Sticky Thing.Along with the hot songs came ever more hot album covers.The ebony models used had nothing to hide,covered with a well placed fire hose or covered in dripping honey;eroticism at its best and all part of the mystique the Players were pushing.In relation to these covers,I sold a good portion of my LP collection a few years ago.Ones that I still cannot part with are the Ohio Players Mercury Albums.They were single LPs but the albums folded open to reveal the entire picture going from the front to the back;and the inside picture was nothing to sneeze at either!
I have said it before and I will say it again.Universal with these Millenium Collection CDs sometimes hit the mark and sometimes they miss by a mile.Well this CD certainly hits the mark.Most of the Players more important songs are here for your listening pleasure and all are the full LP versions.For a more extensive look at their output there are other CDs available to be had but this is not only a good intro for the passing fan,but I think a good one for the Player devotees out there also.
Highly recommended listening,of a great and talented group of musicians.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Muzeeqfiend on March 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These are my homeboys from Ohio and they know how to throw a party! They have several CD's but this one does it for me with the two slow tracks I want to be Free and Heaven must be like this. Sugarfoot made a CD on his own which I like but I can't find. Does anyone know where to get it has songs on it like I'm your Sugar etc...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arnel on July 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I may be only 24 years old, but the Ohio Players are a great group. My favorite songs on this album are Fire, Skin Tight, and the hottest slow jam ever, Heaven Must be Like This. It is meant to make you jam. A true collector's item.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on June 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I Got alot Of The Ohio Players Records&Discs but this is a Great Introduction too One OF The Greatest Groups Ever.they Touched on alot of Different Styles&These Brothers Can Play anything.SugarFoot always Tripped me out.it's Ashame The Funk doesn't always get it's fair Shake.Cuz a Group Like The Ohio Players is sadly missing from Todays Music.
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Format: Audio CD
Ohio Players "were an American funk and R&B band, most popular in the 1970s. They are best known for their double # 1 hit songs `Fire' and `Love Rollercoaster.'" These tracks are great songs by Ohio Players, especially for the newcomer or the more casual fan who might not have these songs already; die-hard fans of course should keep looking for more comprehensive CDs and CD box sets by this talented group.

There's not a bad cut in the lot here; this music is all that great! "Love Rollercoaster" was clearly one of their biggest hits; it got lots of airplay when it was first released and it still sounds like great funky music today! "I Want To Be Free" switches gears for a slower paced ballad that they ace as effortlessly as if it were mere breathing; and "Fopp" has a really great beat! "Let's Do It" is very well done; and listen for other excellent numbers including "Skin Tight" that I always like to hear; their big hit "Fire" that I could never get tired of hearing; the beautiful "Sweet Sticky Thing;" "Jive Turkey" which is funk at its very best; "Who'd She Coo?" "Heaven Must Be Like This" that has them at their usual very best for this romantic number; the very good "O-H-I-O" and the last cut on the album, "Happy Holidays."

Ohio Players gave us so much and their music is some of the best, especially in the world of funk and even R&B. I recommend their music.
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