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Destination Motherland: The Roy Ayers Anthology

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Album Review

Destination Motherland is a two-CD, 33-track compilation of Roy Ayers' classics from the Polydor years — 1971-1981. Issued in the U.K., it replaces, in a sense, the retrospective Evolution: The Polydor Anthology issued in 1995 with a slightly bigger, more club-intense selection, as well as improved sound. Ayers was a politician of hip when it came to cultural mores and trends, and his tunes reflect his penchant for strutting and blurring the edges of jazz, funk, soul, and disco. He handpicked this set for Universal UK and as such, he tilts his choices toward the club set who rediscovered his work in the late 1990s. The jazzy grooves here bleed into tough disco, and silky R&B cuts into political funk and roll. While there isn't a dud in the whole lot, some of the true standouts are: "Running Away," "Searching," "Coffy Is the Color," "Red, Black and Green," "No Deposits, No Returns," "The Third Eye," "Sweet Tears [Disco Version]," "Africa, Center of the World," "Destination Motherland," "Fever"; a 12" mix of "Can't You See Me," and "Everybody Loves the Sunshine."

Customer Reviews


Roy ayers has always had a unique style all of his own that sets him apart from the rest but to me every one of his songs is a classic and each one says something different, 'love fantasy' is a song of his that doesnt seem to be on here or the other albums available on itunes which is a shame because it warrants a place, but kick back on a balcony somewhere with your headphones on and let roy take you through a whole range of feelings and emotions. Sheer bliss!!

Still loving it after 30 years!!!

Roy Ayers still sounds great after all these years!! Simply brilliant grooves.

A solid collection

Great jazz grooves. Mr Ayers does have a couple of funk oriented tracks I like that are not on here - being "fast money" and "slip n slide".
However this is still one fine collection and well worth the dough in my opinion.


Born: 10 September 1940 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Once one of the most visible and winning jazz vibraphonists of the 1960s, then an R&B bandleader in the 1970s and '80s, Roy Ayers' reputation s now that of one of the prophets of acid jazz, a man decades ahead of his time. A tune like 1972's "Move to Groove" by the Roy Ayers Ubiquity has a crackling backbeat that serves as the prototype for the shuffling hip-hop groove that became, shall we say, ubiquitous on acid jazz records; and his relaxed 1976 song "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" has been frequently...
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