Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981

Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981

by Roy Ayers
     
 

Roy Ayers' Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 is another hodgepodge of demos and outtake cuts that were left off official releases for various reasons. That said, for Ayers fans, the set is consistent. "I Am Your Mind, Pt. 2" is an alternate of the classic, and offers a solid contrast. "Slow Tarzan (Funk in the Hole)" is a slippery littleSee more details below

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Roy Ayers' Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 is another hodgepodge of demos and outtake cuts that were left off official releases for various reasons. That said, for Ayers fans, the set is consistent. "I Am Your Mind, Pt. 2" is an alternate of the classic, and offers a solid contrast. "Slow Tarzan (Funk in the Hole)" is a slippery little groove track with nothing much behind it except it feels good. "Liquid Love" (a song about kissing) should have surfaced somewhere with its juxtaposition of Rhodes with vibes and strings and a popping backbeat. "Third Time" is a throwaway but has plenty of ambition and a smoking string arrangement by William Allen as well as a solid vocal performance by Carla Vaughn; still, it's a little too loose for Ayers' smooth groove. "Tarzan" is a fusion fest of funk and jazz dance. It burns and is the most driving cut on the set. "I Like the Way You Do It to Me" is as big a throwaway as the title. But "Come to Me," despite its rather raw mix, is a deeply satisfying funk-disco burner, and "Kwajilori" is simply infectious with its keyboard bass and Ayers' vibes taking the melodic idea from South African jive. "Release Yourself" owes plenty to Bootsy and George Clinton -- 'nuff said. The demo version of "Sunshine" that closes the album -- featuring Ayers on vocals -- is rough, but a beautiful foreshadowing of the monster tune that was to come, and is most welcome here. Ultimately, Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2 is only going to appeal to the hardcore element in Ayers' fan base, but for those folks, it will come as a welcome addition to his catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
Label:
Rapster
UPC:
0730003904226
catalogNumber:
42
Rank:
70108

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Ayers   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Clavinet,Vibes,ARP,cowbell,fender rhodes,Arp Strings
Justo Almario   Tenor Saxophone
Omar Hakim   Drums
Terri Wells   Vocals
Peter Brown   Bass
William Allen   Bass
Merry Clayton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Cobb   Drums
Sylvia Cox   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Dave Robbins   fender rhodes
Carla Vaughn   Vocals
Philip Woo   Piano,ARP,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Mini Moog
John Mosley   Trumpet
Richard Shade   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlos Ortiz   Drums
John Pressley   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Roy Ayers   Composer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Terri Wells   Composer
William Allen   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Carl Clay   Composer
Peter Adarkwah   Executive Producer
Eddie Bezalel   Executive Producer
John Henry Hopkins   overdub engineer

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