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Funk On Fire- The Mercury Anthology

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All-Reviews.com Music Review: Funk On Fire- The Mercury Anthology

Artist: Ohio Players
Genre: Funk, Rock/Pop
Release Date: June 2002


Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

I remember "Fire" as being one of the coolest songs I had ever heard, then right after that "Love Rollercoaster" found its way to my turntable. I had the 45's but somehow missed the LP's, although I do remember the eye catching covers.

The Ohio Players were huge in the 70's; they were always on the charts and one of the best funk-rock-pop groups of that time. Little did I know that they actually started out in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchables. If you were aware of that I tip my hat to you, you know your music.

This two CD set is packed and oozing with more funk than a disco on a Saturday night in NYC in the 70's. It is some of their best material, including some hot instrumentals and even a Holiday track.

Whose got the funk and still has it? There is no question after hearing this remastered compilation. I have not heard a group like this come around since they were in their prime. So, what the funk is up? It is time to get into some Ohio Players again.

CD 1

1. Skin Tight (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 7:52
2. Jive Turkey (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 7:08
3. Heaven Must Be Like This (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 7:17
4. Fire (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 4:34
5. Together (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 3:06
6. I Want to Be Free (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 6:49
7. It's All Over (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 4:12
8. Piano Ballad (Just Right) (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 2:30
9. Fopp (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 3:52
10. Sweet Sticky Thing (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 6:15
11. Love Rollercoaster (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 4:47
12. Honey (Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Satchell/Williams) - 5:18
13. There It Is (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 5:43
14. Happy Holidays, Pt. 1 & 2 (Bonner/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 8:25

CD 2

15. Who'd She Coo? (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 4:31
16. Bi-Centennial (Beck/Bonner/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 3:47
17. Far East Mississippi (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 4:54
18. Only a Child Can Love (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 4:12
19. Angel (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 7:28
20. O-H-I-O (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 3:08
21. Body Vibes (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 7:13
22. Alone [live] (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 7:18
23. Good Luck Charm (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 9:35
24. Funk-O-Nots (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 4:53
25. Time Slips Away (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 4:44
26. Shady Lady (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 3:51
27. Wonderful (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 5:06
28. More Than Love (Beck/Jones/Middlebrook/Ohio Players/Satchell/Williams) - 5:44


Credits:

The Ohio Players - Producer
Paul Serrano - Horn
Billy Beck - Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
William "Billy" Beck - Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner - Guitar, Vocals
Marshall "Rock" Jones - Bass
Robert "Rumba" Jones - Conga
Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrook - Trumpet
James "Diamond" Williams - Percussion, Conga, Drums, Flugelhorn, Gong, Timbales, Vocals
Clarence Willis - Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
Jack Kramer - Horn
Clarence "Satch" Satchell - Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals
Sugarfoot - Introduction
Marshall Jones - Bass

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