Honey (Ohio Players album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||August 16, 1975|
|Recorded||February–June, 1975 at Paragon Recording Studios|
|Genre||Soul, funk, R&B|
|Ohio Players chronology|
|Singles from Honey|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
Honey is the seventh studio album by American band the Ohio Players. Released on August 16, 1975 by Mercury Records. It is generally regarded as a classic, the band's best album, and the last great full-length release of their dominant era in the mid-1970s.
Like previous albums by the band, Honey is known for a racy cover photo. In this case image is a nude woman holding a sticky jar of honey in one hand while lasciviously swallowing a spoonful of it with the other. The inside cover photo shows the nude woman lying on her back with honey poured all over her body, and the Players looking at her with sheer delight and amazement. The model was Playboy magazine's October 1974 Playmate of the Month, Ester Cordet. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover Art.
It was recorded and remixed at Paragon Recording Studios in Chicago, with Barry Mraz as their recording engineer. Marty Link, Steve Kusiciel, Rob Kingsland, and Paul Johnson are credited as tape operators. Gilbert Kong mastered the final mix at Masterdisk in New York City.
The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 during the week of September 27, 1975, kept out of the top spot by Jefferson Starship's Red Octopus. In addition, it was the third album from the band to top the Soul/Black Albums chart where it spent three weeks.
In addition to the standard 2 channel stereo version the album was also released in a 4 channel quadraphonic version in 1975. This version appeared on 8-track tape in the US and was the fourth of five Ohio Players albums available in this format. The quad version was re-issued on DTS Audio CD in 2001.
An urban legend surrounded the song "Love Rollercoaster," claiming that the girl on the album cover was stabbed in the studio—when she threatened to sue in connection with supposed skin damages caused by the fake honey used—and that her screams are heard on the song. However, the scream is actually that of keyboardist Billy Beck.
|4.||"Ain't Givin' Up No Ground"||1:45|
|5.||"Sweet Sticky Thing"||6:13|
- James "Diamond" Williams – drums, timbales, congas, percussion, lead & background vocals
- Billy Beck – piano, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes piano, RMI electric piano, clavinet, ARP Odyssey, ARP string ensemble, percussion, lead & background vocals, source of the "mysterious scream" on Love Rollercoaster
- Marvin "Merv" Pierce – trumpets, flugelhorn
- Marshall "Rock" Jones – electric bass
- Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner – guitars, lead & background vocals
- Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks – trumpets
- Clarence "Satch" Satchell – tenor saxes, baritone sax, flute
- Ohio Players – producers
- Barry Mraz, Gilbert Kong – engineers
- Marty Linke, Steve Kusiciel, Rob Kingsland, Paul Johnson – tape operators
- Richard Fegley – photography
- Jim Ladwig – art direction
- Joe Kotleba – design
- "Fopp" by Soundgarden, from the 1988 EP Fopp
- "Love Rollercoaster" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, from the 1996 soundtrack to Beavis and Butt-head Do America
- "Let's Love" was covered by Vanessa Williams, on her covers album Everlasting Love
|U.S. Billboard Top LPs||2|
|U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs||1|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|1975||"Sweet Sticky Thing"||33||1|
- Henderson, Alex. Honey review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
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- "Billboard 200: Week of September 27, 1975". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
- "The Ohio Slayers". Snopes.com. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
- "US Charts > Ohio Players". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-30.