Ohio Players - Pain

Ohio Players’ 1972 debut for the Westbound label introduced a new musical devotion to women and sex, a move that would become a defining trademark for the group. Pain was a huge creative and commercial step forward for the group, marking a push into a harder soulful sound, polished yet powerful funk with influences from psych-rock, jazz, and the blues. 

The album is also the first introduction of Granny, a goofy storytelling grandmother who would appear on all of their Westbound releases. From the infamous erotic cover art to the experimental sound, Pain launched the Ohio Players’ fertile Westbound period. Two more avant-garde releases were to follow, Pleasure and Ecstasy.