Ohio Players

Heaven Must Be Like This

Composed by Clarence "Satch" Satchell / James "Diamond" Williams / Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner / Marshall "Rock" Jones / Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks

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Who would have thought that the band that brought the world "Funky Worm" could do a lush track like this. This song was originally the B-side of "Skin Tight"; the classic hit single was the title of their first hit album for Mercury. This proves they could do up-tempo funk numbers and ballads with equal skill. For "Heaven Must Be Like This," they unabashedly bask in the afterglow. This song has a jazzy, dreamlike arrangement, with the normally loud Sugarfoot quieting his vocal approach, singing in a breathy style. What also makes this song stand out is the confident and effortless manner in which the "heaven must be like this" hook is sung by the group. That nearly makes the song. But of course the subject matter is also important here too. This song suggests sex with someone you actually might care about, often a singular idea, especially coming from these guys. This song represents 1974-1977 Mercury-era Ohio Players when they recorded in Chicago at Paragon Studios and had Barry Mraz as the engineer. "Heaven Must Be Like This" is one of those songs that never left the radio and is a bona fide quiet storm staple. No wonder "Heaven Must Be Like This" successfully mixes sweetness mixed with the strong sense of sensuality.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Skin Tight 1974 Mercury / Universal 7:18
Funk on Fire: The Mercury Anthology 1995 Def Jam / Island / Mercury / Universal Distribution 7:16
Love's Train: The Best of Funk Essentials Ballads 1995
Various Artists
Def Jam / Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal 7:23
Ol' School 1996 Intersound 4:29
MVP Classic Mellow, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
MVP Records 7:15
Sweet Sticky Thing 1998 CEMA Special Markets
Bring on Da Funk, Vol. 6: Slow Jams 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment / Intersound 4:31
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Ohio Players 2000 Mercury 7:19
Slow Cuts by Romeo, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Romeo Entertainment 7:16
WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 6 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 7:18
Soul Classics, Vol. 6 [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 7:18
Original Artist Hit List 2003 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 4:37
On Tour 2003 Mastersong 4:29
Throwback Soul 2004
Various Artists
Intersound 4:30
Funk Comes A-Live 2005
Various Artists
Intersound 4:28
Skin Tight/Fire 2007 Beat Goes On 7:17
Gold: Quiet Storm 2007
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music 7:17
Live! 2007 KRB 4:31
The Mercury Years 1974-1978 2007 Universal 7:24
Gold [2008] 2008 Island / Island/Mercury / Mercury 7:17
Sunday in Bed, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Clubstar 7:21
Icon 2014 Mercury / Universal 7:16
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