So buried at the bottom of that box of vinyl I was referring to, I found Mazarati’s single to “Players’ Ball.” This wasn’t a hit track off their self-titled album. However, to me, it’s a pretty good track. The opening is rather catchy and fun. Too me, it vibes on to be being very fairy like. I just imagine a bunch of wood sprites dancing around the woods listening to the opening on repeat. Don’t ask me why I feel this way. It’s just what this reminds me of.
Of course, if you’re a fan of that Minneapolis sound then you’ll want to grab a copy of this. The 12″ single is relatively inexpensive and could be purchased with lunch money. The 45RPM, 7″, now that’s a different story. Right now, it’s going for about four times the amount that the 12″ single is going for and is extremely hard to come by. In fact, I’ve never actually seen one in person. (But they do exist.)
Players’ Ball comes with two extended versions off their self-titled album, Mazarati. The first one of course is “Players’ Ball.” The second one, I’m puzzled as to why the producer, band, or whomever thought it would be a good idea to have the b-side featuring the LP version of “I Guess It’s All Over.” To me, the slow pace of that track already made it feel extended on the album to begin with. The only redeeming quality of that extended version is the bass line in the intro. Any enterprising DJ/Producer could easily re-tool that into a pretty good rap track or rework.
Label: Paisley Park – 0-20438, Paisley Park – 9 20438-0 A
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
A1. Players’ Ball (Extended Version)
B1. I Guess It’s All Over (LP Version)