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Comment: Roy Ayers - Evolution: The Polydor Anthology (CD). 2CD Set. Complete with outer box, additional booklet, case, artwork, regular booklet, and both discs. Discs are in excellent condition with light signs of use. Outer sleeve is VERY WORN. This is the one! From a private collection...
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Evolution: The Polydor Anthology

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Includes Running Away; The Golden Rod; Heat of the Beat; Freaky Deaky; Mystic Voyage , and more.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: February 28, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001EE5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Very good collection of Roy Ayers best stuff. For those of you that were too young to know his work it is best described as Jazz/Funk Fusion with contemporary creative vocals for the time period , ranging from slow and mellow songs to get-you-off-your-butt dance provoking rythms infused with great vibraphone solos. This is both comtemplitive and expressive of NYC 70's era social commentary as well as just plain fun music. It can only leave you better off for listening.
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Roy Ayers journey to legendary recognition is a unusual one for an artist who's creative heyday was in the 70's. Throughout that decade Roy Ayers and his backing group Ubiquity produced a number of outstanding songs touching on every style from early jazz-funk to disco. In spite of the solid quality of his material, He wasn't able to compete with heavy hitters like Miles, Herbie, and Isaac Hayes and he was only able to acquire a cult following. Fast forward to the hip hop generation of the 90's and you hear bits and pieces of his music. If you look at the album credits from Brand Nubian, Mary J Blige, and A tribe Called Quest, you'll most likely see his name as a sampling source. Thanks to crate diggers and to the acid jazz movement of the 90's, Mr. Ayers began receiving the respect that was long overdued. He probrably became more popular in the 90's than he was in the 70's.

Thanks to his newly found fame at the time, Polydor chose to compile this two disc retrospective of his career. I can't exactly call this retro since this music is transcendant beyond the time it was released and still sounds ahead of the clock in 2007. One of the things that sepererates Roy Ayers from his contemporaries is his ability to flow from a varity of styles with the violatile ease of the the four seasons. What's even more amazing is how his music remains cohesive rather he's in the belly rubbin mode or a saturday night mode. Not to mention that this music is some of the most soulful R&B/ jazz ever recorded since he emphasis the emotional depth of R&B along with the intellectual improvisation of classic jazz.

Rather he has the higher power on his mind "He's a Superstar" or the Motherland "Red Black and Green" Mr. Ayers comes through with the poignant sincerity that can touch you deeply.
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