My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Formed in 1980 by Roy Ayers as a vehicle for acts including Sylvia Striplin and the Eighties Ladies, the Uno Melodic label also issued the vibist's underrated 1983 date Lots of Love. My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years reissues that LP along with eight unreleased cuts Ayers recorded in 1999, filling in some vital gaps in the acid-jazz icon's legacy. Released between major-label tenures with Polydor and Columbia, Lots of Love capitalizes on Ayers' independence by further investigating the Afro-beat rhythms and textures he first explored in his collaboration with Fela Kuti while simultaneously moving into post-disco dance music. While some of its production ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Formed in 1980 by Roy Ayers as a vehicle for acts including Sylvia Striplin and the Eighties Ladies, the Uno Melodic label also issued the vibist's underrated 1983 date Lots of Love. My Vibes: The Best of the Uno Melodic Years reissues that LP along with eight unreleased cuts Ayers recorded in 1999, filling in some vital gaps in the acid-jazz icon's legacy. Released between major-label tenures with Polydor and Columbia, Lots of Love capitalizes on Ayers' independence by further investigating the Afro-beat rhythms and textures he first explored in his collaboration with Fela Kuti while simultaneously moving into post-disco dance music. While some of its production flourishes seem brittle and dated, this is nevertheless the most engaging and energizing material Ayers created during the early '80s -- from the darkly sinister groove of "Chicago" to the Kuti-inspired epic "Black Family," to the warm, shimmering title cut, Lots of Love recalls the diversity and invention of his classic Ubiquity dates, complete with nuanced performances that reiterate Ayers' absolute mastery of the vibes. The 1999 material similarly draws on contemporary R&B sounds, embracing slick arrangements and electronic percussion -- it's bottom-rung Ayers at best, but not entirely without merit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 803415125722
  • Catalog Number: 257

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fast Money (5:40)
  2. 2 Black Family (9:14)
  3. 3 Lots of Love (5:37)
  4. 4 Everybody (4:00)
  5. 5 D.C. City (4:58)
  6. 6 Drive (4:20)
  7. 7 And Then We Were One (4:45)
  8. 8 Chicago (3:48)
  9. 9 Doing the Do (6:00)
  10. 10 E Funk (4:54)
  11. 11 Wanna Do (2:07)
  12. 12 Juice (3:59)
  13. 13 Vibes (4:48)
  14. 14 Just Happy (3:12)
  15. 15 Bad Baby (4:49)
  16. 16 Rapped Up in Your Love (6:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Ayers Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes, Musician
Jorge Dalto Musician
Omar Hakim Musician
Danny Madden Musician
Terri Wells Musician
Bill Saxton Saxophone
Peter Brown Musician
Lesette Wilson Musician
William Allen Musician
Chuck Anthony Musician
Steve Cobb Musician
Dennis Davis Drums
Quintin Denard Musician
Donald Nicks Bass
Carla Vaughn Musician
Kerry Turman Musician
Mark Adams Keyboards
Richard Shade Background Vocals
Travis Milner Musician
Technical Credits
Roy Ayers Arranger, Composer, Producer
Michael Hutchinson Engineer
Dave Whitman Engineer
Carla Bandini Engineer
Bill McAllister Liner Notes
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Engineer
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