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Evolution: Polydor Anthology
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
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To be properly introduced to Roy Ayers, get this CD.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had knowledge of some of Roy's music, but I had no idea who he was. Because I am in my mid-twenties, I hadn't reallt heard about Roy Ayers. About 3 years ago while in college I heard the song 'Set me Free' and it immediatley soothed my soul, sparked my interest and jolted my curiosity. I then had to find out who this was. Before purchasing the CD "Naste", I saw Roy at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and was completley captivated. I then knew I had to buy the CD to learn more. The Anthology is filled with tunes and lyrics that evolve your thought processes and make you want to get up and dance. Anyone who is unfamiliar with the struggle of the 60's and 70's is forced to acknowledge its presence throughout this album in all of the lyrics. Some examples are "Pretty Brown Skin", "Destination Motherland", and "The Third Eye". The music of Roy Ayers is made up of many different aspects, I have only been introduced to a few. I am honored and priviledged to have discovered such a musician. I am learning more and more as I travel on my journey through his mind."
Honey | Heaven | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This a proper retrospective of a stellar career! And it isn't over yet! He's still playing, recording, touring and moving his audience, like always. This great music has even recruited quite a few of the younger generation, a testament to his talent!
Polydor did a hell of a job compiling and choosing the perfect songs for this project. For one can only imagine what it must've been like to select and choose what would be included, especially since Roy has so many terrific songs. I guess they settled on a little dash of everything, from the very funky, the very soft, the very electric and the downright jazzy!
Roy Ayers is the man, always has been and always will be..he's the cream of the crop and at the top of the heap, with tasty songs like "Running Away, Searchin', Freaky Deaky to putting his spin on the classic "You Send Me," which by the way, runs a full (8) plus minutes! This set also includes the often sampled: Everybody Loves the Sunshine! Another song draped in greatness! Whew! They just don't do it like this anymore. This is truly a best of and some...
Enjoy Roy...and given the opportunity, rush to see him perform Live. It's a treat for the soul and spirit. He is one of the few artist that I know (ala Maze f/Frankie Beverly) that can still sell out a show, every single time out! He's definitely, Mr. Consistency!
One can never go wrong with Mr. Ayers in their collection.
This Is Essential
M. Conklin | Illinois, USA | 07/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"two cds full of roy ayers music should be enough to make any funky music fan happy, but the good folks at polydor went over the top with this one. these cds span a huge part of his recording career (even the often forgotten, yet enjoyable 1980s tracks) and they filled these cds with as much music as they possibly could - 31 tracks, 2 hours and 34 minutes of music. what's more is that someone even knew what the good tracks were. r&b, funk, soul and jazz predominate his music, and much of it is filled with his excellent vibraphone playing and equally soaked in his smooth singing (he has killer back-up singers too). his popular duets with the likes of guru - which i personally never flipped for - aren't on here, but that makes it all the better in my opinion. it's all roy ayers in the spotlight."