Ohio Players - Pleasure
Ohio Players continued their surge into cutting-edge funk with their second album for Westbound, a masterwork of jazz progressions, honey-tongued soul, jam sessions, and radio-friendly vocal harmonies. Pleasure produced their biggest single to date, “Funky Worm,” which went to #1 on the Billboard R&B charts and lived on in the 80s and 90s as a sample in countless hip hop tracks.
Like the previous album Pain, Pleasure featured a kinky BDSM cover that was highly controversial when released in 1972. But the funk was irresistible, making the release a true classic that helped propel the group to total domination later a few years later.