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Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (1976/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:40 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Jazz, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | @ Verve Records

Roy Ayers has a unique claim to fame as attracting a huge number of hip hop, rap, and R&B artists to sample his work. This album’s title track has been used by a long list of celebrity artists, including Mary J. Blige, Common, and Mos Def. The album peaked at #51 on the US Top 200 Billboards.

Roy Ayers’s had long made his shift into R&B/soul by 1976’s Everybody Loves the Sunshine. His recordings of this period can be very hit and miss, and in this particular record, you get both. The title track, “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” is a quintessential song from the mid-’70s. While it might not have slammed the charts like Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” it’s still a revered classic. It evokes that feeling of sweltering concrete in Brooklyn where the only relief is the local fire hydrant. Entirely sung by a choir repeating the same lines throughout, the rhythm section rolls along with a perfectly looped laid-back groove. It moves along lazily, hypnotically, and sluggishly as the sun slows things down to the right speed and “folks get down in the sunshine.” The rest of the album contains Ayers classics such as the burning percussive funk of “It Ain’t AYour Sign It’s Your Mind,” the spacey cosmic soul of “the Third Eye,” the bumping rubbery disco in “People and the World,” and the two horn-scorched closers “Tongue Power,” and “Lonesome Cowboy.” –AllMusic Review by Sam Samuelson

1. Hey, Uh, What You Say Come On 03:46
2. The Golden Rod 03:06
3. Keep On Walking 03:47
4. You And Me My Love 03:13
5. The Third Eye 06:22
6. It Ain’t Your Sign It’s Your Mind 03:29
7. People And The World 04:49
8. Everybody Loves The Sunshine 04:02
9. Tongue Power 03:03
10. Lonesome Cowboy 04:03

Roy Ayers – Vibraphone, Lead Vocals, Electric Piano, Synthesizer (ARP Odyssey, String Ensemble), Percussion, Backing Vocals
Philip Woo – Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer (ARP, String Ensemble)
Chano O’Ferral – Congas, Percussion, Lead Vocals
Ronald “Head” Drayton – Guitar
John “Shaun” Solomon – Electric Bass
Doug Rhodes – Drums
Chicas – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals


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