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The Harvest Years 1969-1974 [Box set]

Kevin Ayers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B007FQW7LM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Joy Of A Toy Continued 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Town Feeling (2003 Remastered Version) 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Clarietta Rag (2003 Remastered Version) 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Girl On A Swing 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Song For Insane Times 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her) (2003 Remastered Version) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Lady Rachel (2003 Remastered Version) 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong (2003 Remastered Version) 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. All This Crazy Gift Of Time 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Singing A Song In The Morning 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Clarence In Wonderland (Top Gear Session) 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stop This Train (Top Gear Session) 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Why Are We Sleeping (Top Gear Session) 8:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. You Say You Like My Hat (Top Gear Session) 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. May I? (2003 Remastered Version) 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rheinhardt And Geraldine / Colores Para Dolores 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lunatics Lament (2003 Remastered Version) 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pisser Dans Un Violon (2003 Remastered Version) 8:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Oyster And The Flying Fish 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Underwater (2003 Remastered Version) 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Clarence In Wonderland 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Red Green And You Blue 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Shooting At The Moon 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Butterfly Dance (2003 Remastered Version) 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puis Je? (2003 Remastered Version) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gemini Child (Alan Black Session) 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lady Rachel (Alan Black Session) 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Shooting At The Moon (Alan Black Session) 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Derby Day (BBC Top Gear Session 9 June 1970) 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Interview (BBC Top Gear Session 9 June 1970)0:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. We Did It Again / Murder In The Air (BBC Top Gear Session 9 June 1970)11:36Album Only

Disc 3:

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Listen  1. There Is Loving / Among Us / There Is Loving 7:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Margaret (2003 Remastered Version) 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oh My (2003 Remastered Version) 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Song From The Bottom Of A Well 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Whatevershebringswesing (2003 Remastered Version) 8:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Champagne Cowboy Blues (2003 Remastered Version) 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lullaby (2003 Remastered Version) 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stars (2003 Remastered Version) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fake Mexican Tourist Blues (2003 Remastered Version) 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lunatic's Lament (Bob Harris Session) 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Oyster And The Flying Fish (Bob Harris Session) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Butterfly Dance (Bob Harris Session) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Whatevershebringswesing (Bob Harris Session) 7:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Falling In Love Again (Bob Harris Session) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Queen Thing (Bob Harris Session)0:54£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Don't Let It Get You Down (2003 Remastered Version) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Shouting In A Bucket Blues 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. When Your Parents Go To Sleep 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Interview (2003 Remastered Version) 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Internotional Anthem (2003 Remastered Version)0:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Decadence (2003 Remastered Version) 8:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oh! Wot A Dream 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hymn (2003 Remastered Version) 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beware Of The Dog 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Connie On A Rubber Band 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Caribbean Moon (2003 Remastered Version) 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Take Me To Tahiti 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Interview (BBC Bob Harris Session 11 April 1973) 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Oh! What A Dream (BBC Bob Harris Session 11 April 1973) 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Shouting In A Bucket Blues (BBC Bob Harris Session 11 April 1973) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Day By Day (2009 Remastered Version) 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. See You Later (2009 Remastered Version)0:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Didn't Feel Lonely 'Til I Thought Of You 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. It Begins With A Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends With A Curse 8:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ballbearing Blues (2008 Remastered Version)0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Irreversible Neural Damage 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Invitation 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: The One Chance Dance 7:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Doctor Dream Theme 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Two Goes Into Four (2009 Remastered Version) 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Up Song (2008 Remastered Version) 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. After The Show 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Thank You Very Much (2005 Remastered Version) 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Another Whimsical Song (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74)0:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Lady Rachel (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74) 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Stop This Train (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74) 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Didn't Feel Lonely 'Til I Thought Of You (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74) 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks! 11 April 2013
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I stumbled across vintage video of Mr Ayers performing Shouting In a Bucket Blues on BBC4 a month or so back and it cheered me up no end. I decided to invest in this download as it seemed such good value. Not disappointed; Hazy, eccentric, humorous, adventurous.

In some strange way it reminds me of a long departed 70's childhood in England.

Now where's my Tardis?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definative Harvest years 13 Dec 2012
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This gathers together the individual cd extended edition releases plus adds on each cd more radio sessions from other cds. All you need in one great package at a very reasonable price. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music Great but misleading title! 4 Sep 2012
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Dr Dream was originally released in 1974 on Island! A great compilation though, despite the terrible box and lack of any notes!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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For me this collection of Kevin's first 5 records (Joy of a Toy, Shooting at the moon, Whatevershebringswesing, Bananamour and The confessions of Dr Dream) was a perfect buy at a very reasonable price as I only had his first record on cd and most of the others on vinyl, with the added appeal of a great many bonus tracks (singles and BBC recordings). There have been original album releases with bonus tracks, but those differ, at least partly, from the bonus tracks included in this release.

Soundwise it's fine, and I can only complain about the packaging. The jewel case box is a bit old school and the booklet included is a real disappointment: it just features pictures of the original records (front only) and a track listing with some production credits and session information. Not even the musicians are listed! Sloppy work, I'd say. Nowadays booklets in this kind of retrospective release usually are much more generous with background information and the like, and one would certainly expect this if it's released by the original recording company - and we're talking about EMI here!

Nevertheless, a great release, and with its modest price tag even appealing to all of you who've got most of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First, the good news: this compilation is great value for money - 5CDs comprising the original albums, plus BBC sessions and other bonus tracks.

Now, the not so good news - the bonus tracks do not include all of the other bonus tracks (mostly singles, B-dides and out-takes) that appeared on the invidiual album re-issues a few years ago. So this was a missed opportunity to pull all this material together (or maybe just put out a CD of the BBC tracks?). Also, there are very limited sleevenotes, and the accompanying booklet looks underbaked. Shame.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Herne Bay's Rock Star! 6 Mar 2013
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If EMI had waited another year they could, perhaps, have made this a slightly better tribute to Kevin Ayers who passed away in early 2013.As it is this April 2012 release is not a bad package - especially if you can get it for around sixteen quid from one of Amazon's sellers - but a little more effort could have improved it no end. Called "The Harvest Years 1969 - 1974" it features Kevin's first four albums recorded for EMI's Harvest label between 1969 and 1973 plus an album actually released on the Island label in 1974. The four Harvest albums use the 2003 remasters already released individually - but with different bonus tracks; the bonus tracks included here are mainly from BBC sessions. The Island album, Dr Dream, uses the 2009 remaster released by EMI that year - again the bonus tracks vary with this release.

You can check the differences in bonus material by looking at the earlier individual CD releases on Amazon and decided whether to buy them individually or as this box set. A better version of this box would have featured the earlier CDs with the BBC material included as a bonus disc! The booklet included here is rather basic with just pictures of the original album sleeves and track details and all packaged in an old-style multi-disc jewel case.

I can't see EMI revisiting Kevin Ayers' back catalogue any time soon so if you are new to his work, or thinking of adding something to your CD collection after his passing, then this is probably the best value for now. I reviewed Songs for Insane Times: An Anthology 1969-1980 a couple of years back and although I liked that set I would recommend this collection before that one. The music on this collection deserves five stars - although there is actually quite a bit of filler! - but the presentation is only three stars. So for the actual value of this package I have compromised and given four stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The golden years 6 July 2014
By Timbo
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Kevin Ayers did his best work during the period covered by this compilation, though in calling it the Harvest Years, the compilers are slightly incorrect in that it also includes the first LP that he made for Island records in 1974. That's not of course a bad thing, since the island LP "The confessions of Dr Dream" was one of his very best.

What we have with this compilation, is the five albums made by this underrated artist over the five-year period covered by the title. This means that we get Joy of a Toy, Shooting at the Moon, whatevershebringswesing, Bananamour, plus the Dr Dream record.

The Harvest albums were remastered in 2003, while the Island album was remastered in 2008 –9. All of the albums come with bonus tracks, and while these are certainly well worth listening to, it is slightly disappointing that the bonuses do not match with the bonuses that were issued when the remastered CDs came out, thus we have radio session versions of some of the bonus tracks as opposed to studio outtakes.This doesn't really detract from the quality of the original albums course, and those fans already owning the original CDs, therefore have something new to find with this collection.

As other reviewers have already commented, the packaging is very disappointing, and for that reason only I have deducted one star from what would otherwise have been a five-star review. If you are new to the music Kevin Ayers, and and want more than just a single CD, I would say that this is a very good place to start.
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