EMI-Capitol Special Markets' Live Series: Sweet Sticky Thing is a live recording from 1996 licensed from Intersound. The Ohio Players were nearly two decades removed from their biggest hits at the time this concert was recorded. In other words, they were past their peak. That doesn't necessarily mean they were washed up, and there are moments on this ten-track album that are infectiously funky and inspired, but overall the performances feel a little tired and perfunctory. Casual fans will be better suited with a hits collection, while collectors will find this performance to be a bit too undistinguished (and the packaging a little too skimpy) to suit their needs.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine