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Ohio Players — Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “Pain”

The Album First Came Out on February 1, 1972

Feb 01, 2022

Following the sessions of their 1969-released debut Observations in Time, Ohio Players disbanded, leaving behind one vastly underrated LP. Shortly thereafter, several former members decided to bite the bullet and reunite, signing with Detroit-based label Westbound (best known as being the initial homebase of Funkadelic), and recording their sophomore effort Pain. Diverging from the style of its predecessor, Pain saw the Dayton-founded group leaning deeper into progressive soul, their incorporation of jazz arrangements and a heavier funk-inflected style resulting in a tighter, more ardent sound. More