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Destination Motherland: The Roy Ayers Anthology [Box set]

Roy Ayers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00006J3LW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Live In Brooklyn, Baby (Album Version)
2. Coffy Is The Color (Soundtrack Version)
3. Love From The Sun
4. Sweet Tears (Original version)
5. Red, Black & Green
6. Pretty Brown SkinThe Boogie Back
7. A Tear To A Smile
8. The Old One Two (Move To The Groove)
9. Life Is Just A Moment (Part 2)
10. Time And Space
11. The Black Five
12. Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Album Version)
13. The Memory
14. Hey Uh What You Say Come On
15. Running Away (12" Version)
16. Searching (Album Version)
17. Baby You Give Me A Feeling
18. Together
19. The Third Eye
20. Everytime I See You (Album Version)
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BBC Review

Roy Ayers has been a figurehead to many musical camps over the years -as a straight ahead jazzing sideman to Herbie Mann in the 60s - through to being the much sampled supplier of hip hop breaks and hero to the Rare Groove generation. He has been in a position to maintain a contemporary profile and a busy gig schedule for decades; all this has been accomplished via the unlikely vehicle of the vibraphone!

This anthology contains 33 examples that demonstrate why Roy, now in his 60s, is still considered hip by audiences of all ages. The album kicks off with the atmospheric "We Live in Brooklyn Baby" - illustrating Ayers skill at mixing up the best bits of funk, soul, disco and jazz into a satisfying and groovesome whole.

It's not until you scan through the track listing of this compilation that it hits home how impressive a portfolio of club classics Roy has under his belt - "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Running Away", "Love Will Bring Us Back Together" and "Can't You See Me" have been emptying soul boys (and girls) wallets for decades.

Although the musical template displays a drift from the rawer jazz-funk of "Red, Black & Green", to the smoother disco-fied styling of "Sweet Tears", the basic Ayers fingerprint stays the same - a simple catchy, upbeat melody interspersed with jazz instrumental solos usually kicked off by Roy's sparkling vibes backed up by a thumping funk bass. Tasty.

It's these elements that have ensured that Ayer's fan base has never deserted him over the last 30 years. Either live or via a turntable, these unashamed party grooves will always get the dancers up on their feet and shouting for more. --Greg Boraman

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me to Rare Groove heaven !! 18 Jun 2008
By Simon
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For anybody who seriously craves a 100% guaranteed no-fillers/no-duds selection of `70s jazz funk, rare groove and disco-soul, this album is pretty much like striking pay dirt.

Whilst Roy Ayers is in no way under-rated by the soul, funk and jazz fraternity, he is inexplicably overlooked by the mainstream. This is a shame because, in my opinion, he stands alongside James Brown as one of the true innovators of dance music. He started hitting the right note around the time he set up his own band, Ubiquity, in the early `70s - and didn't stop coming up with the goods for almost two decades. His relentless ability to produce the funkiest hooks, the jazziest chords and the most incredibly hypnotic and addictive rhythms is astonishing. It is by no means a coincidence that just about every hip hop, house and dance DJ worth his/her salt has lifted a sample from the Roy Ayers back catalogue - and you will certainly recognise a few of them here.

If you are new to Roy Ayers but are open to the idea of jazzy and funky old school dance music, there are at least a dozen tracks here that will instantly satisfy. From CD1 alone that would include WE LIVE IN BROOKLYN BABY, RED BLACK & GREEN, BOOGIE BACK, THE OLD ONE TWO, LIFE IS JUST A MOMENT (PART 2), EVERYBODY LOVES THE SUNSHINE and SEARCHING. An honourable mention must go also to SWEET TEARS (THE DISCO VERSION) for being just about as perfect as left-field, string-laden jazz-meets-disco music gets. As for LOVE WILL BRING US BACK TOGETHER, well I would say, without exaggeration, that this justifies the price of the album on its own.

Despite the strength of this collection, incredibly it doesn't include all of Roy's finest moments.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminder of glory days gone by 1 Aug 2006
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I saw Roy Ayers live in 1994, very good and last week (not nearly so good, though still a good night out)and bought this compilation to get me in the mood. It succeeded to the extent that it was rarely out of my MP3 player for the week before the gig. Only problem was it got my expectations so high that the gig just could not live up to them. Upon returning, I lay up to 2.00am listening to how the tunes played on the night should have been played, more focus on Roy Ayers and less guitar / sax playing which do not feature that much on this compilation. The highlights are too many to mention, but I was particularly impressed by disco version of Sweet Tears along with Fever which I had not heard before. Most of the old classics are there,but I could not undestand the absence of Mystic Voyage. For the price, an unbeatable introduction to the quality of Roy Ayers at the top of his game. If you are at all into his music and don't already have all the LPS, buy this. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it ... 12 July 2003
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Roy Ayers started his musical life in his early twenties as a session vibraphone player, before forming his own band, Ubiquity, in the 70s, playing his own special blend of politico-jazz-funk-soul, influencing a whole host of artists, and indeed the whole acid jazz movement, started in England with the Talking Loud and Acid Jazz record labels, whose bands included Brand New Heavies, Young Disciples and Galliano, among others. Hip-hop acts have all sampled him since and all the while he's been sitting back, chuckling to himself while the royalties roll in and he's referred to as "The Man", "My Biggest Hero" and "God" by various RnB superstars. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer, more deserving fella! He still plays Ronnie Scotts once a year, every night for a week, and has recently added a residency at Camden's Jazz Cafe to his annual visits to London. It's a long way from playing a relatively unknown accompanying percussion instrument to being a worldwide superstar ... but he takes it all in his stride, "I'm having fun laughing with it," he has said. "I don't mind what they call me, that's what people do in this industry." Including the fabulous, laid back vibes of Everybody Loves The Sunshine, the more upbeat and definitely danceable Running Away, as well as the cult classics Love Will Bring Us Back Together, and Get On Up, Get On Down, this is an excellent way of getting into the great man before deciding which individual albums you might want to follow up ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Ayers, what can I say 27 Feb 2011
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All the best known hits on one album. The man is a genius. Thoroughly recommend for a funkin' good time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmmmmmmmmm 1 Mar 2013
By Teri
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Roy Ayers for me all the time takes me back to my younger days and his music still sounds great after alot of years 5 stars again
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