Skin Tight (album)

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Skin Tight
Studio album by Ohio Players
Released April 1974
Recorded Paragon Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre Soul/Funk
Length 41:11
Label Mercury
Producer Ohio Players
Ohio Players chronology
Ecstasy
(1973)
Skin Tight
(1974)
Climax
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B) [2]

Skin Tight is the fifth studio album by the Ohio Players and the first released through the Mercury label.

History[edit]

Skin Tight signified a turning point in the group's career towards more jazzy and disco orientations. The band produced and recorded the album in Chicago, with Barry Mraz as recording engineer. The final mix was mastered by Lee Hulko.

It is the second of five Ohio Players albums that were also available in quadraphonic (4-channel stereo), the first of four for Mercury. The quad mix is only available in the 8-track tape format. According to Billboard, Skin Tight took the top position on the Black Albums chart for six weeks, and missed the Top 10 on the Pop Albums chart by one position.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by James Williams, Clarence Satchell, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Skin Tight"   7:52
2. "Streakin' Cheek to Cheek"   5:43
3. "It's Your Night/Words of Love"   7:58
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Jive Turkey"   7:09
5. "Heaven Must Be Like This"   7:18
6. "Is Anybody Gonna Be Saved?"   4:56

Personnel[edit]

  • Marshall Jones – Fender bass
  • James "Diamond" Williams – drums, chimes, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • William "Billy" Beck – piano, organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner – guitar, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks – trumpet, trombone & background vocals
  • Clarence "Satch" Satchell – baritone sax, tenor sax, flute, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Marvin "Merv" Pierce – trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone & background vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
[3]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 11
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
1974 "Jive Turkey (Part 1)" 47 6
"Skin Tight" 13 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Skin Tight review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Skin Tight review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "US Charts > Ohio Players". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 

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