KEVIN AYERS - The Harvest Years [1969-1974] (2012)
Kevin Ayers (1944 - 2013) was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene. He recorded a series of albums as a solo artist and over the years worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, Bridget St John, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall, among others.
This 5 Disc Set set covers the years Kevin Ayers was signed to the legendary Harvest label, 1969-1974.
Joy of a toy - (Released Nov 1969) debut solo album from Kevin Ayers, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. Was inspired by a gift from Jimi Hendrix – a Gibson J-200 guitar, which Hendrix presented to Ayers after Soft Machine supported The Jimi Hendrix Experience on a tour of the US. Amongst the bonus tracks is Singing a Song in the Morning which features Syd Barretts psychedelic guitar playing and You Say You Like My Hat which was recorded for BBC Top Gear Session, 10 February 1970.
Shooting At The Moon - (released October 1970) was Ayers second studio album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. Recorded with “The Whole World” which included Ayers touring band for ‘Joy of a toy’ which included a young Mike Oldfield. Amongst the bonus tracks are Shooting At The Moon recorded for BBC Radio 1 at Playhouse Theatre, London for the BBC Alan Black Session, 20 May 1970 and We Did It Again / Murder In The Air recorded for BBC Top Gear Session, 9 June 1970
Whatevershebringswesing - (Released January 1972) seen by many as Ayers best work, this solo album, also recorded at Abbey Road - includes contributions from Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt. Amongst the eight bonus tracks is Queen Thing recorded for BBC Bob Harris Session, 17 May 1972, recorded for BBC Radio 1 at Aeolian Hall
Bananamour - (Originally released May 1973) Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Ayers fourth album for Harvest was Bananamour, the album contains the Syd Barrett tribute Oh Wot a Dream, and the Velvet Underground inspired Decadence. Amongst six bonus tracks, includes: Shouting In A Bucket Blues recorded for a BBC Bob Harris Session, 11 April 1973.
The Confessions Of Dr Dream and Other Stories - (Originally released May 1974) released on Island Records, this is Ayers fifth studio album. This critically acclaimed album is complemented by 7 bonus tracks including: Didn’t Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You recorded for BBC Radio One’s John Peel Show at Langham Studio on 9 July 1974.
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