You Might Be Surprised

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When You Might Be Surprised came out in 1985, Roy Ayers wasn't having as many hits as he had enjoyed in the late '70s. The R&B landscape had changed a lot since the days of Vibrations 1976 and You Send Me 1978. Ayers knew that if he didn't want to be accused of sounding dated, he needed to appeal to the urban contemporary tastes of 1985, so on this album he manages to update his approach without being untrue to himself. The production some of it by James Mtume, some of it by Ayers himself is high-tech and hip-hop-influenced -- synthesizers and drum machines are prominent, and there are few horns and no strings. But Ayers still sounds distinctive on material that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When You Might Be Surprised came out in 1985, Roy Ayers wasn't having as many hits as he had enjoyed in the late '70s. The R&B landscape had changed a lot since the days of Vibrations 1976 and You Send Me 1978. Ayers knew that if he didn't want to be accused of sounding dated, he needed to appeal to the urban contemporary tastes of 1985, so on this album he manages to update his approach without being untrue to himself. The production some of it by James Mtume, some of it by Ayers himself is high-tech and hip-hop-influenced -- synthesizers and drum machines are prominent, and there are few horns and no strings. But Ayers still sounds distinctive on material that ranges from the clever single "Programmed for Love," and the funky "Can I See You," to the playful title song a duet with singer Jean Carn. The opener "Hot" has some Prince/Jesse Johnson/Morris Day influence, but without obscuring Ayers' own identity. This time, there are a few likable, if unremarkable, jazz/R&B/pop instrumentals, which include "Night Flyte" and "Virgo" a tune that employs Branford Marsalis on tenor sax. You Might Be Surprised isn't among Ayers' essential albums, but all things considered, it was a respectable addition to his catalogue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • Label: Funky Town Grooves
  • UPC: 851903003328
  • Catalog Number: 284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hot (4:45)
  2. 2 Programmed for Love - Tawatha Choir (5:42)
  3. 3 Virgo (4:31)
  4. 4 You Might Be Surprised (3:57)
  5. 5 Night Flyte (4:35)
  6. 6 Can I See You (5:28)
  7. 7 For You (4:06)
  8. 8 Slip n' Slide (4:31)
  9. 9 Programmed for Love (6:02)
  10. 10 Programmed for Love (4:03)
  11. 11 Programmed for Love (5:58)
  12. 12 Hot (6:06)
  13. 13 Hot (6:03)
  14. 14 Slip n' Slide (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Ayers Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, DX-7
Jean Carne Vocals
Tawatha Vocals
Jeff Johnson Guitar
B.J. Nelson Vocals
Don Blackman Electric Piano, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, SH-101
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Vocals
James Mtume Keyboards, Vocals
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Metcen Bass
Ed Tree Moore Guitar, Soloist
Joey Norosavage Keyboards
Ivy Ray Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Robbins Korg
Lynette White Vocals
Philip Field Keyboards
Dwayne Perdue Rap, Linn Drum
Binky Brice Guitar
Carole Robinson Vocals
Dunn Pearson Keyboards
Canuke Bernard Percussion
Technical Credits
Roy Ayers Arranger, Composer, Producer
Don Blackman Arranger
Dr. George Butler Executive Producer
James Mtume Composer, Producer
Dave Metcen Arranger, Composer
Ivy Ray Arranger, Composer
Dave Robbins Arranger, Composer, drum machine
Ed Moore Composer, Producer
Philip Field Composer, Producer
Dwayne Perdue Arranger, Composer, drum machine, Simmons
Jay Vacari Engineer
Maria Triana Mastering
Binky Brice Composer
Tony Calvert Reissue Producer
Ron Banks Engineer
Dunn Pearson Composer
Randy Mahon Liner Notes
Douglas Frank Composer
Emil Sam Valazques Engineer
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