Skin Tight (album)

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Skin Tight
Ohio players skin tight.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1974
RecordedParagon Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
GenreSoul, funk
Length41:11
LabelMercury
ProducerOhio Players
Ohio Players chronology
Ecstasy
(1973)
Skin Tight
(1974)
Climax
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[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 a more jazzy and polished funk sound. The album began the Players' dominant platinum selling period, and would bring them a much bigger audience. In fact, this release would outsell all of their previous LPs combined. 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 tracks are written by James Williams, Billy Beck, Clarence Satchell, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce.

Side one
No.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
4."Jive Turkey"7:09
5."Heaven Must Be Like This"7:18
6."Is Anybody Gonna Be Saved?"4:56

Personnel[edit]

  • Marshall "Rock" Jones – Fender bass
  • James "Diamond" Williams – drums, chimes, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • 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 (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: O". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ a b c "US Charts > Ohio Players". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-30.

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