Roy Ayers/ Ubiquity S/D?

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Never heard a note of his stuff (except for samples, I guess) but I see used LPs all the time. What records/eras are the highlights? What's good about his records?

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 12 May 2005 02:25 (fifteen years ago) link

"baby...let me kiss you...on your poopoo la la"

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 12 May 2005 02:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Running away, Searchin', We Live in Brooklyn baby...

Just go and get his greatest hits, Love Fantasy, and groove to all of it. He's best known for his many sweet singles (as opposed to any certain album).

Bobby Peru (Bobby Peru), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:31 (fifteen years ago) link

"Just bees and things and flowers"!!!

"Everybody Loves the Sunshine"
"Sweet Tears" (from NuYorican Soul)
"Daylight" (as RAMP)

Just wonderful stuff.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:36 (fifteen years ago) link

i really love we live in brooklyn baby - who's the guy that wrote it? what else has he done?

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:40 (fifteen years ago) link

o man

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:42 (fifteen years ago) link

He was a big inspiration for Masters at Work and "Daylight" was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest on "Bonita Applebum".

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:56 (fifteen years ago) link

"Everybody Loves the Sunshine" is basically the ultimate too hot on a summer's day in Brooklyn and just sitting on the front steps track.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Red Black & Green.

jcartledge (jcartledge), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:59 (fifteen years ago) link

That's a big S.

jcartledge (jcartledge), Thursday, 12 May 2005 03:59 (fifteen years ago) link

i know its corny but london summer 95 free big chill in finsbury park it was grey and raining slightly and miserable and we had had to endure wotshisface with his fucking tablatronics going on endlessly and then global communication came on to dj at the EXACT moment the sun came out from behind the clouds and they played "everybody loves the sunshine" and the whole fucking park got on its feet and cheered.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 12 May 2005 04:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Also sampled "Sunshine": Naughty by Nature - some sex rap I can't remember ("...are you in the pretty kitty category? what's the story?"), The Roots - Proceed pt II. Just so you know.

jcartledge (jcartledge), Thursday, 12 May 2005 04:08 (fifteen years ago) link

"A Tear To A Smile" (title track)
and "Take All The Time You Need"

Paul (scifisoul), Thursday, 12 May 2005 04:23 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah brooklyn baby and sunshine are my favorites
never been to keen on the ubiquity stuff

()ops (()()ps), Thursday, 12 May 2005 05:14 (fifteen years ago) link

i saw him play a few years back at a UCLA Jazz Festival and he did a song called "Smooth Jazz" that was exactly that. they even did Temptations like dance steps and claps. kinda silly, but they played all the classics and it was all worth it.

[that bastard] jaxon (jaxon), Thursday, 12 May 2005 05:32 (fifteen years ago) link

More :
Love Will Brings Us Back Together
The Third Eye
Don't Stop The Feeling
Coffy Is The Color
Africa, Center of The World
Life Is Just A Moment

wtin, Thursday, 12 May 2005 09:47 (fifteen years ago) link

i think i was so used to hearing this stuff as jungle, and even rap, samples that by the time i heard the originals i couldn't deal with how slow it all was. (relatively, of course.)

strng hlkngtn, Thursday, 12 May 2005 10:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I have the Anthology, but never owned albums.

The earlier stuff is more afro-centric; the later stuff is more disco.

Can't You See Me is my fave non-sampled (?) track on there. Dancy and uplifting.

You've heard Everybody Loves the Sunshine in one form or another if you've been a Hip-Hop/R&B fan in the mid 90's.

Tribe's "Description of a Fool" is nothng but Ayers' "Running".

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Thursday, 12 May 2005 15:19 (fifteen years ago) link

oh yeah the Coffy sndtrk is worth checking out too

()ops (()()ps), Thursday, 12 May 2005 15:59 (fifteen years ago) link

if you're looking for more people that sound like ayers - smoothed out (in a good way) jazz funk with a slight disco edge and nice vocal harmonies - check out:

Donald Byrd
The Blackbyrds
Lonnie Liston Smith
Bobbi Humphrey
Johnny Hammond Smith
Gary Bartz

anybody produced by Larry Mizell

[that bastard] jaxon (jaxon), Thursday, 12 May 2005 16:07 (fifteen years ago) link

oh yeah, Roy Ayers has an Afro Funk track with a rap in the middle of it on the Club Africa 2 comp.

and he has an album with Fela Kuti (that i haven't heard) called "Music of Many Colors" from 79

[that bastard] jaxon (jaxon), Thursday, 12 May 2005 16:15 (fifteen years ago) link

i really used to love proceed 2 but i have to say it would be better without the dippy noodling over the top of the entire track.

ronny longjohns (ronny longjohns), Friday, 13 May 2005 01:37 (fifteen years ago) link

freaky deaky freaky deaky



m0stly clean (m0stly clean), Friday, 13 May 2005 01:40 (fifteen years ago) link

folks get down in the sunshine...

vanessa novaeris (novaeris), Friday, 13 May 2005 01:47 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
in mystic voyage i'm always faintly and irrationally annoyed by the lyrics

"You wanted to be free, yeah
you never did love me, no baby
Now maybe you're happy I'm going away
leavin on a mystic voyage"

i mean, fair play to her for leaving a guy, its probably for the best, but lets not glamourize it, its hardly a mystic voyage. last time i got dumped, she wasnt going off on some mystic voyage, she'd met some other guy from kentish town

696, Friday, 11 May 2007 13:57 (thirteen years ago) link

and fun though the 134 is, it is not anything like a mystic voyage

696, Friday, 11 May 2007 13:58 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

How is this thread not, like, 900 messages long?

Eric H., Thursday, 13 November 2008 06:19 (eleven years ago) link

Love Fantasy

Thugocrat (PappaWheelie V), Thursday, 13 November 2008 06:21 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I picked up Anthology the other day super cheap and it's bleeding great.

sam500, Thursday, 13 November 2008 06:24 (eleven years ago) link

Both sides of this Ayers-produced Jaymz Bedford 12" are gold!

Eric H., Thursday, 13 November 2008 06:40 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

"I believe in the spirit of doo doo"????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 12 May 2010 20:44 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

not enough about him on ilx tbh

*sets trend* (deej), Monday, 13 September 2010 00:40 (ten years ago) link

my life my life my life my life

in the sunshiiiiine

dmr, Monday, 13 September 2010 01:09 (ten years ago) link

never sought this dude out before! man the synths in everybody loves the sunshine are a huge joy.

arby's, Monday, 13 September 2010 01:16 (ten years ago) link

mystic voyage
coffy ost
everybody loves the sunshine

(what else? red black and green? he's coming?)

dmr, Monday, 13 September 2010 03:14 (ten years ago) link

"We Live in Brooklyn Baby"

dmr, Monday, 13 September 2010 03:14 (ten years ago) link

red black and green

hobbes, Monday, 13 September 2010 04:18 (ten years ago) link

eight months pass...

i'm completely in love with "We Live in Brooklyn Baby" (heard it on the W+L/Soul Clap 5 Years at the Marcy mix) and i'm hoping that its indicative of how incredibly awesome the rest of the guy's output is b/c i'm really looking forward to gorging on it asap. just judging by album titles alone i am super excited. that and the fact that he specialized in the vibraphone

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:06 (nine years ago) link

this album is pretty good, mellow jazz-funk with a pronounced jesus freak vibe (the "he" who's coming) also includes "we live in brooklyn baby"

backlash stan straw man fan (m coleman), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 20:52 (nine years ago) link

disappointed by that album on first listen. "we live in brooklyn baby" is so slinky and hungry... the rest of the album seemed meh. its driving me crazy that i can't think of what song sampled the wiggly keyboard bit from "he's a superstar", though.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:02 (nine years ago) link

oh, its dj sprinkles - "sisters, i don't know what this world is coming to"

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:25 (nine years ago) link

Coffey soundtrack is among the best stuff I've heard of his

blank, Thursday, 26 May 2011 00:21 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

happy 80th birthday to roy ayers!!

the late great, Friday, 11 September 2020 03:41 (one week ago) link

the late great, Friday, 11 September 2020 03:56 (one week ago) link

Really should have grabbed the rest of the reissues whenever that was. I mean to be a fan of this type of stuff and not have all the early 70s Ubiquity really shouldn't be done should it?

I just saw that the lp before Ubiquity has Sonny Sharrock on so wondering how feral he is in th egroove.

Stevolende, Friday, 11 September 2020 09:40 (one week ago) link

Could do with an Original album series of that early stuff. BUt is it more likely to be later 70s material that would get one?

Stevolende, Friday, 11 September 2020 09:50 (one week ago) link

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