The Eighties Ladies – Ladies of the 80s (Audio) (1980)

e-thumbnail wp-image-7581″ />Roy Ayers is known for his smooth, soulful, melodic vibraphone when it comes to his 70s era of Roy Ayers Ubiquity, but when he began Uno Melodic Records towards the tail end of his Ubiquity years (around 1978), he began to morph his sound into an upbeat, disco funk groove, filled with slap bass and horn riffs. Most of Roy Ayers’ Uno Melodic releases were of the disco funk variety, and they also consisted of artists that he produced.

Roy Ayers is known for his smooth, soulful, melodic vibraphone when it comes to his 70s era of Roy Ayers Ubiquity, but when he began Uno Melodic Records towards the tail end of his Ubiquity years (around 1978), he began to morph his sound into an upbeat, disco funk groove, filled with slap bass and horn riffs along with Roy’s signature synths and chord changes. Most of Roy Ayers’ Uno Melodic releases were of the disco funk variety, and they also consisted of artists that he produced.

The Eighties Ladies were a group comprised of Susan Beaubia, Marva Hicks, Vivian Prince, Denie Corbett and Sylvia Striplin and was produced by Roy Ayers with the help of Rick James. Analogous to Rick James and the Mary Jane Girls, the Eighties Ladies adopted the disco funk sound of Roy Ayers while providing a feminine touch that Roy could obviously never do. Although their album entitled Ladies of the 80’s was their sole release and the members of the group didn’t celebrate extraordinary mainstream success, their album has maintained a cult following amongst DJs, producers, and record collectors all over the world. Ironically, the dated name of the group and the boogie based sound has is a strong indicator to Roy Ayers sound and talent as a producer.

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  1. Album Stream: The Eighties Ladies – Ladies of the 80s (Audio) (1980) | Roy Ayers Project | 70/30 http://t.co/AabeYBn1

  2. Had no idea Rick J. was involved. MT @RoyAyersProject Eighties Ladies – excellent album prod. by Roy Ayers & Rick James http://t.co/rSZFKpKR

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