Mr. Mean (album)
|Soundtrack album by Ohio Players|
|Recorded||The Record Plant (Los Angeles), Paragon Recording Studios (Chicago), The Sound Factory (Los Angeles)|
|Ohio Players chronology|
Mr. Mean is the 13th album by the Ohio Players, and the 7th album recorded for Mercury. The band's roster grew, this time from eight to nine members with the entrance of Robert "C.D." Jones on congas.
With the band's popularity higher than ever, the Ohio Players were asked by actor Fred Williamson to create music for a movie of the same name he was writing and directing. Some sessions for the album were recorded, like previous albums, at Paragon Recording Studio in Chicago, but this project brought them into Los Angeles for the first time to record music. The songs were a departure from the mid-tempo funk and soul they were becoming known for, especially compared to the album they released months before, Angel. The group placed a greater emphasis in incorporating more ballads and jazz of the Quiet storm variety.
The music was made for the sole purpose of it being used for a movie, perhaps the reason why it felt like a departure from their previous work, but fans and critics reacted to it with mixed opinions.
Mr. Mean was also the first time the entire band were seen on the cover posing with their model.
- "Mr. Mean" (5:16)
- "Fight Me, Chase Me" (5:10)
- "The Controller's Mind" (1:36)
- "The Big Score" (7:34)
- "Magic Trick" (6:56)
- "Good Luck Charm" (9:36)
- "Speak Easy" (3:52)
- Clarence "Satch" Satchell - flute, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, rhythm king, percussion, and vocals
- Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner - guitars, percussion, and lead vocals
- Marshall "Rock" Jones - electric bass
- Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks - trumpets & trombones
- James "Diamond" Williams - drums, vibes, cowbell, percussion, and vocals
- Billy Beck - Grand piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hohner D-6 Clavinet, RMI Electric piano, ARP Odyssey Synthesizer, ARP string ensemble, Hammond B-3 organ, percussion, and vocals
- Marvin "Merv" Pierce - trumpets, trombones & flugelhorn
- Clarence "Chet" Willis - rhythm guitar & vocals
- Robert "Rumba" Jones - congas
|U.S. Billboard Top LPs||68|
|U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs||11|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|1977||"Good Luck Charm (Part 1)"||101||51|