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If you need proof of genius, look at what they kept back...,
This review is from: Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 (Audio CD)
It's a very rare and remarkable thing indeed to find a musician/composer/producer with a talent for hitting the sweet spot time after time after time. In the world of old school jazz, funk and soul, Roy Ayers is such a man. A listen to "Destination Motherland - The Roy Ayers Anthology" - a 33-track, double CD collection comprising highlights of his 1970s output - should confirm this for you.
However, in some ways VIRGIN UBIQUITY - a collection of hitherto unreleased recordings spanning the same period - whispers something even more remarkable about the man. Presumably, the fact that these songs were not released implies that Polydor, or the artist himself, did not consider them to stand out alongside the kind of tracks they did actually release.
But from the opening bars of BOOGIE DOWN - a monstrous, hypnotic jazz funk groove - through to the mellow trippy jazz of OH WHAT A LOVELY FEELING and BRAND NEW FEELING to the proto-latin-disco-house of SUGAR, this album is bursting with quality. A good deal of the artists working in this genre would be hard pressed to put together a Best Of album of such consistent merit. Roy Ayers = genius?
Either way, if you are looking to get up to speed with the psychedelic-jazz-soul-disco-funk of the 1970s and you want some instant `bang-for-your-buck', this album and the anthology CD mentioned above are pretty much the perfect places to start.