ROY AYERS – “A TEAR TO A SMILE” (1975)
Whatever you’re doing right now, whatever you’re listening to, whatever you’ve got planned to listen to next — drop everything, download this right now, and listen to it RIGHT FUCKING NOW.
This is simply one of the best funk/soul albums I’ve ever heard. I feel like a total idiot for not having know about it before, and after having listened to it seventeen times in a row just now, I must share it with all of you. Some superb rhythm section playing + some catchy-ass vocal melodies/chants = one helluva good time.
Yet — Allmusic.com has the gall to say “the record is at most an above-average disco release — the musical equivalent of a master chef wasting his time and talents making a hamburger.” Bah! Shows you just how off the mark they can be sometimes.