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RELEASE DATE
LABEL
LABELCODE
MEDIUM
GENRE
SUBMIT CORRECTIONS
1984
COLUMBIA
FC 39422
LP VINYL
ELECTRONIC
(4.4 / 5) 5
Billboard TOP R&B ALBUMS Chart
DebutHighest RankWeeks On Chart
1985-01-05No. 5013
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SONY MUSIC JAPAN INTERNATIONAL INC.SICP 3523JAPANALBUM REISSUE REMASTERED2012

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From The Original Promotion Pressing: Roy Ayers "i've Always Tried To Maintain Some Kind Of Message In My Music Hopefully Positive. And This Time I've Concentrated Heavily On Love And Togetherness With A Touch Of Humor And History," Says Keyboard And Vibraphone Virtuoso Roy Ayers Shedding Some Light On His Debut Columbia Albumin The Park. Expanding On The Ground-breaking Tradition Of Past Hits Like "mystic Voyage,11 "everybody Loves The Sunshine," "don't Stop The Feeling," And "running Away," Ayers Blends The Finer Elements Of Popular Concepts With The Best Of R&b And Jazz. The Results Are A Lush Versatile Mix That's Distinctly His Own. In The Dark' Is More Instrumentally-oriented Than Most Of The Things I've Done Since 1976/' Notes Roy Who Produced The Album With Super Bassist Stanley Clarke. "i've Always Wanted To Work With Stanley But Never Had The Opportunity. So When It Presented Itself I Grabbed It. William Allen A Long Time Friend And Collaborator Of Ayers Gets Co-producer Credit For Three Tracks"sexy Sexy Sexy," "compadre" And The Haunting "gory Island," An African Port That Once Housed Slaves On Their Way To The West. "i Visited The Island And I Could Feel The Unbroken Spirits Of My Ancestors There. My Wife Argerie Who Wrote The Tune Felt The Same Way 1 Did," Says Ayers Who With Grover Washington Jr. On Sax Tom Browne Playing Trumpet And Paulinho Da Costa On Percussion Gives The Vibraphone Solo Of His Life On The Song "the Piece Itself Was Very Inspiring," Says Roy. "the Fact Is I Decided That On This Album I Would Play More Vibes And On The Title Track I Even Do A Marimba Solo." The Album's First Single Release"poo Poo La La," Which Is Simply A Euphemism For "i Love You," Features Roy At His Rapping And Vocal Bestplus The Seductive Voice Of Former Side Effect Songstress Miki Howard. Together They Give The Song A Magnetically Soulful Reading Saturated With Crossover Appeal. It Promises To Be His First Cbs Hit. The Road To Cbs Was Long But Often Fruitful For The Multi-talented Ayers Though He Insists That His New Label Association Indicates The Best Is Yet To Come.


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