Pleasure was one of the strongest of the self-contained singing-playing R&B units to emerge in the wake of Sly and the Family Stone. Funk, pop, and jazz elements converge in the highly satisfying music on the Portland, Oregon octet's initial two albums, both produced by Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders. On the first, 1975's Dust Yourself Off, the band is augmented by Crusaders keyboardist Joe Sample. The second, Accept No Substitutes from the following year, features "Ghettos of the Mind," a very jazzy, largely instrumental piece that gave the group the first of its nine R&B chart hits. This CD reissue of those long-unavailable vinyl classics provides a double dose of soul Pleasure.
Marlon "The Magician" McClain, Nathaniel Phillips, Dennis Springer, Dan Brewster, Bruce Carter, Bruce Smith (Juba), Sherman Davis, Donald Hepburn with Joe Sample, Oscar Brashear, Jerry Peters, Michael Hepburn, Augie Johnson, Sylvia Nabors