Released in 1995 by a Canadian label called Retro Music, Lonely Street is a budget CD that contains ten songs the Ohio Players recorded for Capitol and the small Compass label in 1968. "Summertime," "Bad Bargain," "Over the Rainbow," "Stop Lying to Yourself," and "Here Today and Gone Tomorrow" are from the Capitol album Observations in Time, while "You Don't Mean It," "Tell Me Why," and "It's a Crying Shame" are among the recordings that came out on Compass. Lonely Street doesn't get a low rating because of the songs themselves, which fall short of essential but are pleasing and worth hearing if you're a serious Ohio Players collector -- this CD gets low marks because of its poor sound quality. With the proper digital remastering, these recordings would have sounded good on CD. But Retro Music didn't remaster the recordings like it should have, and as a result, Lonely Street has its share of pops, ticks, and so on, and ends up sounding like an old, worn out LP. In fact, these recordings sounded much better on vinyl than they do on this disappointing CD. Ohio Players fans who want to hear this early material would do well to pass on Lonely Street and look elsewhere.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson