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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI/Harvest
  • ASIN: B0018BWTVI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Town Feeling (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Song for Insane Times (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Girl On A Swing (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Lady Rachel (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stop This Train (Again Doing It) (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her) [2003 Remastered Version]Kevin Ayers 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Religious Experience (Singing A Song In The Morning)Kevin Ayers Featuring Syd Barrett 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Soon Soon Soon (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rheinhardt And Geraldine / Colores Para Dolores (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. May I? (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Clarence In Wonderland (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Oyster And The Flying Fish (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Shooting At The Moon (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Butterfly Dance (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Gemini Child (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Stars (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. There Is Loving/Among Us/There is Loving (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 7:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes (Early Mix)Kevin Ayers 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Song From The Bottom Of A Well (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oh My (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Margaret (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Whatevershebringswesing (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 8:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Decadence (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 8:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oh! Wot A Dream (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don't Let It Get You Down (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Interview (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Caribbean Moon (2003 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Up Song (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Irreversible Neural Damage (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. It Begins With A Blessing/Once I Awakened/But It Ends With A Curse (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 8:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. See You Later/Didn't Feel Lonely 'til I Thought Of You (Medley) (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Ballbearing Blues (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. After The Show (2005 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Thank You Very Much (2005 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Observations (2005 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Toujours La Voyage (2005 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 8:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Diminished But Not Finished (2005 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Farewell Again (Another Dawn) (2005 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Yes I Do (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Love's Gonna Turn You Round (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ballad Of Mr Snake (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Blue (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ballad Of A Salesman Who Sold Himself (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A View From The Mountain (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 6:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beware Of The Dog II (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 6:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hat Song (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Money, Money, Money (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Super Salesman (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Where Do The Stars End? (2008 Remastered Version)Kevin Ayers 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Banana Introduction (Live)Kevin Ayers 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes (Live)Kevin Ayers 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Interview (Live)Kevin Ayers 7:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Whatevershebringswesing (Live)Kevin Ayers 7:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Oh! Wot A Dream (Live)Kevin Ayers 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Shouting In A Bucket Blues (Live)Kevin Ayers 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Caribbean Moon (Live)Kevin Ayers 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don't Let It Get You Down (Live)Kevin Ayers 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. We Did It Again (Live)Kevin Ayers11:23Album Only
Listen10. Why Are We Sleeping? (Live)Kevin Ayers16:05Album Only
Listen11. After The Show (Live)Kevin Ayers 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Kevin Ayers is one of thoe artists that we've all heard of somewhere in the dark and often murky past and like me you've probably never actually heard much if anything of his stuff - which upon finding this set is a major crime against music

Kevin ayers found initial fame as a member of the wilde flowers and latterly Soft Machine - but then decided to avoid touring and go his own way

This set draws on his 11 Harvest Lp's (some of which have been remastered and expanded on CD)

This is great music - progressive meets lounge with wierdness as an added bonus - he has a very interesting Baritone (i.e. - Deep) voice and a great band with him - usually Ollie Hassall or Andy Summers or Steve Hillage

The last CD is a corker - an unreleased show from the Royal Festival Hall in 1973 with some great songs and some good jamming / improvisation

Even the stuff from the dodgier "Island" albums stands up well

One things for sure - you'll probably want to get some more of his earlier vstuff after hearing this, I'm certainly going too

This is a great set and worthy of investment - if you like Progressive rock then you'll like this - its not like ELP / Yes or Genesis more like Syd Barrat's stuff

Get it whilst you can
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John H on 19 Dec. 2008
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This is an extremely well assembled collection of recordings from one of music's true unique greats. Ayers is a new discovery of mine brought about by his wonderful new album The Unfairground and his first from '69 the brilliantly skewed Joy Of A Toy. Ayers is being discovered by a new generation and this collection is certainly aimed at us as I am sure that most people who have been fans for a long time would have most of the original albums that this collection draws upon. But here's the thing..for us newbies this is a great way to get started and for established fans this is a great way for them to introduce their hero to others (and support the artist in a way that home made compilations do not, keeping in mind that supporting artists is important).
Songs for Insane Times no doubt omits some tracks that fans might have wanted to be included, but that is testimony to Ayers' genius rather than any failing on the part of the compiler. I have played through this entire collection many many times now and have not hit skip once.
The live concert is extremely good. I read an account of this particular concert somewhere which describes a point when a bright light was flashed at the audience who once their eyes had adjusted back were surprised to see the stage filled with dancing trees and all sorts. That sort of magic comes through on the recordings. The arrangement for 'why are we sleeping' must I am sure served as a template for the quiet,loud, quiet of the Pixies.
Kevin Ayers, like the true maverick he is, eschewed fame and publicity. If he had 'gone for it' I am certain he would be a household name as this collection clearly demonstrates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Compiler Mark Powell set himself an almost impossible task in trying to create a Kevin Ayers collection that would appeal to fans, old and new, and to the curious alike. What to leave out that old fans will already posses - what to include for new fans and to attract the curious?

"Songs for Insane Times" is a good stab - but is neither complete nor comprehensive - but if you can pick it up from one of Amazons sellers for around a tenner then go for it! It is loving compiled with a good selection of tracks to capture the imagination of the curious and a previously unreleased live set from 1973 which is worth the price for old fans. It also includes a comprehensive booklet.

Herne Bay's Kevin Ayers was one of the originators of what became known as the "Canterbury Scene" and those just discovering his work will be surprised and amazed at just how prolific and influential he was, although he kept a low profile and shunned fame throughout most of his career. A little known fact is that Kevin's father was Rowan Ayers - a BBC TV producer and an interesting character in his own right; check him out on Wikipedia!

This set is a couple of years old now and some of the other reviewers mention some of Kevin's albums which were unavailable at the time of their reviews - some of these are now available once again and Amazon has a good selection available.............check them out!

This collection is a good place to start and although not everyone will be pleased with it, or would have done it differently themselves, I will give it five stars at the price I paid through "all your music".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AL Pastor on 24 Nov. 2011
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No sé como empezar esta opinión. Estoy nuevamente abrumado ante esta magnífica e inteligente colección de temas, algo más que una simple recopilación al uso, que repasan los primeros once años de la carrera en solitario de Kevin Ayers, incluyendo un soberbio directo en el Queen Elizabeth Hall de 1973. Oh! Wot a dream.

Quién es Kevin Ayers? Que música hizo? Difícil de explicar en pocas palabras pero decir que participó de la primera fase psicodélica de Soft Machine y luego hizo una carrera en solitario mezclando rock, pop, cabaret inglés, psicofolk y una preciosa voz de barítono creando piezas inclasificables. Lo que no pudo hacer Syd Barrett. Whatevershebrinswesing.

El album de 4 cds no es una caja sino una de esas jewel cases cuadruples gorditas y transparentes con fotografias en el interior y viene acompañado de un folleto en inglés de 20 páginas a todo color, aunque lo que domina es siempre el amarillo "Harvest", con extensa documentación y más fotos. Temas remasterizados entre 2003 y 2008 con un buen sonido. Muchos temas tienen una entradilla con su procedencia, versión, outake o invitado como en el caso de "Religious Experience": take 103 featuring Syd Barrett - Recorded at Abbey Road Studios on 28 november 1969. Thank You Very Much.

No tiene desperdicio. Recomendado con 6 estrellas por lo menos. May I?
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