ROY AYERS

Reaching the Highest Pleasure / I Am Your Mind (Part 2 – Pepe Bradock Remix)

Nr: BBE535SLP

PRE-ORDER ITEM : Released August 12th, 2022. The 10″ Vinyl will be shipped just before the official release date. Please note, any orders containing pre-order items won’t be shipped until all items are available, so please order this item separately to avoid delays.

‘There are moments when we harmonise with each other and become one with nature and reality.’

When, in the early 2000’s, Pete Adarkwah heard of the existence of tapes of unreleased Roy Ayers and Ubiquity recordings sitting in storage he contacted Roy to get hold of them to be mastered and released. Released they were under the banner of ‘Virgin Ubiquity’ which spawned two volumes of the original grooves as well as a compilation of remixed versions of selected tracks.

Now coming out on a 10” single, ‘Reaching For The Highest Pleasure’ gets it’s first ever vinyl release, thus adding to the canon of ‘must have’ Roy Ayers records. This vibraphone heavy track and funk-fuelled bassline epitomises Roy’s Black Consciousness inspired output from the mid-70’s that also saw seminal albums such as Red Black and Green, Mystic Voyage and Everybody Loves The Sunshine recorded with various line ups of ‘Ubiquity’.

This release is backed with the call to arms of personal freedom and self that is ‘I Am Your Mind part 2’ remixed by Parisian producer Pépé Bradock AKA Julien Auger. First released by BBE on the original ‘Virgin Ubiquity’ compilation as the original recording and subsequently as a remixed version on ‘Virgin Ubiquity remixed’, this track features a stunning female vocal as well as Roy’s spoken word philosophies laid over a deep and infectious groove.

These two tracks are Roy Ayers at his legendary best from his most innovative period of creativity with his Ubiquity band of top flight Jazz, Funk and Soul musicians and artists. As already said, this a must have record.

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