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Roy Ayers Ubiquity

Running Away / Love Will Bring Us Back Together

Two stone cold Roy Ayers classics, get the South Street Disco official reissue treatment, one side the feel-good disco-tinged, jazz funk fire ‘Running Away’ and the other the smooth groove, love letter funk bomb ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’. Melting hearts, melting minds, is there a better Valentines gift out there then two slices of joy from Roy?

From hip hop to house, ‘Running Away’ has been a favoured sampling treasure since it came out in 1977. Co-produced alongside Edwin Birdsong and William Allen, joyous vocal harmonies dance around grooving basslines, strutting guitar riffs and Roy’s warm soothing tones. Top it off with some trademark vibes and it’s a one-way ticket to happiness, pure sunshine smiles all round.

Flip it to find ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’. Straight up seductive business co-produced by Carla Vaughn. It’s silky, it’s smooth, it’s everything you want it to be and more. Clavinet wizardry, buttery Rhodes layers and fiery vocals. Loved up funk at it’s best.


Patrick says: Roy Ayers' finest dance floor moment, famously dropped at Bohemian Grove by Marcellus Pittman, 'Running Away' bounds out the speakers at the intersection of disco and jazz funk. Irresistibly groovy, driven by a killer B-line and topped with great vocals and vibes, this is a total CLASSIC!


A. Running Away (Long Version)
B. Love Will Bring Us Back Together

Roy Ayers

Virgin Ubiquity II: Unreleased Recordings 1976 - 1981

    BBE Music announces the first repress of the classic Roy Ayers albums ‘Virgin Ubiquity’ 1 and 2 since 2006, on luxurious 180g vinyl with brand new sleeve notes written by Sean P. The music on 'Virgin Ubiquity' was selected and mixed down from previously unreleased multi-tracks recorded between 1976 & 1981, which Roy had in storage. It's all unmistakably Ayers, but is diverse and fresh enough to be more than a mere adjunct to one of his most productive and popular periods - testament to his and his musicians' creative abilities, as much of most revered Ayers output stems from this time. These discoveries take their place beside some illustrious company in a timeline bookended by 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' and 'Africa, Center Of The World', several solo and Ubiquity albums, collaborations with Wayne Henderson & Fela Kuti, as well as guesting on LPs by Buster Williams and Herbie Mann. Out of print on vinyl and CD for over a decade now, BBE is delighted to re- present these groundbreaking Roy Ayers titles, neatly coinciding with the 45th anniversary of his classic album ‘Mystic Voyage’.


    Disc: 1
    1. Holiday
    2. Funk In The Hole
    3. Liquid Love
    4. I Am Your Mind (Part 2)

    Disc: 2
    1. Third Time
    2. I Like The Way You Do It To Me
    3. Tarzan
    4. Come To Me

    Disc: 3
    1. Touch Of Class
    2. Kwajilori
    3. Wide Open
    4. Release Yourself
    5. Sunshine (Demo)

    Roy Ayers Ubiquity

    Fikisha / Boogie Back

    Plucked from the B-side of Roy's 1974 "Change Up The Groove" LP and pressed loud on 7" for the first time by those fine folks at Dynamite Cuts, "Fikisha" and "Boogie Back" are a pair of bona fide dancers. On the A-side, "Fikisha" is the kind of jazzy, vibe-a-thon which shows Roy at the peak of his powers, while the funk heavy "Boogie Back" is more of an ensemble affair with a sing-a-long vocal. 


    A. Fikisha
    B. Boogie Back

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