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The Best of Roy Ayers (The Best of Roy Ayers: Love Fantasy)

Roy Ayers

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Album Review

This greatest-hits title was the first of its kind upon its release in 1979. During that time, Roy Ayers was one of the leading acts on Polydor Records and solidified his R&B/disco success with "Running Away," included here. The dichotomy between Ayers as a jazz act and an R&B/jazz quiet storm presence is all but kicked off by this album. The emphasis is on the earlier work. The definitive early-'70s songs "Red Black and Green" and "We Live in Brooklyn Baby" both retain their snap and visceral charm. A few great tracks aren't here (including "Kiss" and "Is It Too Late to Try"), but The Best of Roy Ayers: Love Fantasy goes the extra mile to include not only the best of Roy Ayers' work but also key non-hits such as "Gotta Find a Lover" and "You Send Me."

Customer Reviews

Important Genius Work Of Art !!!

Ya Dig??!! This is one of the most crucial albums ,that need's to be in everyones collection! It's Funky Fresh and BEAUTIFUL everytime I hear it !!! LONG LIVE THE FUNK ! Thank You Roy! if you ever read this, for the soul feeding music !!!!

you send me

this single is tight the right tune for between a man and a women

inspiring

I can't help but think this music influenced Erykah Badu in a big way. Thank god she's keeping it going, cause the 70's had a good thing going.

Biography

Born: September 10, 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...
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