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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
That an item like this -- 13 completely unreleased recordings from Roy Ayers' vintage Polydor period 1976-'81 -- even exists is a strange and wonderful thing. That it is merely the first volley in a slew of issues is a kind of pop culture miracle. BBE has compiled 134 absolutely fantastic tracks form the Ayers vault. Keep in mind that, though none of these sides ever appeared on an album the version of "Mystic Voyage" here is an alternate, it's not because they were in any way substandard. Ayers merely documented everything he wrote from the period and recorded, mixed, and mastered it all, whether or not it ever made it to LP. Here, Ayers and friends -- who include bassist ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
That an item like this -- 13 completely unreleased recordings from Roy Ayers' vintage Polydor period 1976-'81 -- even exists is a strange and wonderful thing. That it is merely the first volley in a slew of issues is a kind of pop culture miracle. BBE has compiled 134 absolutely fantastic tracks form the Ayers vault. Keep in mind that, though none of these sides ever appeared on an album the version of "Mystic Voyage" here is an alternate, it's not because they were in any way substandard. Ayers merely documented everything he wrote from the period and recorded, mixed, and mastered it all, whether or not it ever made it to LP. Here, Ayers and friends -- who include bassist and longtime collaborator William Allen, and three different lead vocalists in Merry Clayton, Carla Vaughn, and Sylvia Cox -- work out funk, mellow soul, and smooth jazz grooves that are as fine as anything he issued during this prolific period. The music is daring, accessible, saturated in dancefloor rhythms and the kind of lush, spot-on production that has become Ayers' trademark. While there are a pair of tracks that have been issued as 12" A-sides by BBE, the label does a great job of keeping the selections fresh for those punters seeking not to spend their hard-earned dollars on compilations that overlap. Standouts include "Mystery of Love," and "I Really Love You" with Clayton, "Sugar" with Vaughn, the funky vibes-drenched instrumental "Green and Gold," with Bobby Lyle playing tough counterpoint to Ayers on electric piano, the alternate "Mystic Voyage," and the amazing "I Just Wanna Give It Up," and "I Am Your Mind," with the dirtiest bassline on the package. This is necessary for all Ayers fans. For Ayers collectors, this is the Holy Grail, but stay tuned, there's more coming.
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  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Rapster
  • UPC: 730003902628
  • Catalog Number: 26

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boogie Down (6:06)
  2. 2 What's the T? (4:10)
  3. 3 I Really Love You (3:58)
  4. 4 Oh What a Lonely Feeling (4:11)
  5. 5 Sugar (7:14)
  6. 6 Mystery of Love (3:51)
  7. 7 Green and Gold (4:52)
  8. 8 Brand New Feeling (9:49)
  9. 9 I Did It in Seattle (4:51)
  10. 10 Mystic Voyage (4:21)
  11. 11 I Just Wanna Give It Up (4:47)
  12. 12 Together Forever (4:40)
  13. 13 I Am Your Mind (6:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Ayers Primary Artist, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Vibes
Justo Almario Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Lyle Piano
Edwin Birdsong Vocals
William Allen Bass, Horn, Guitar (String)
Chuck Anthony Guitar
Bruce Carter Drums
Merry Clayton Vocals
Steve Cobb Drums
Sylvia Cox Vocals
Dennis Davis Drums
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Chano O'Ferral Conga
Nathaniel Phillips Bass
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Carla Vaughn Vocals
Harry Whitaker Piano
Philip Woo Piano, Keyboards
John Mosley Trumpet
Peter Brown Bass
Technical Credits
Roy Ayers Composer, Introduction
Edwin Birdsong Introduction
William Allen Composer, String Arrangements, Introduction
Carla Vaughn Composer
Carl Clay Composer
Thomas McCallion Illustrations
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