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The Confessions Of Dr Dream And Other Stories Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B001PRRTNS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 (2009 Remastered Version) 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues (2009 Remastered Version) 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. It Begins With A Blessing/Once I Awakened/But It Ends With A Curse (2008 Remastered Version) 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 (2008 Remastered Version) 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Invitation (2009 Remastered Version) 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: The One Chance Dance (2009 Remastered Version) 7:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Doctor Dream Theme (2009 Remastered Version) 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Two Goes Into Four (2009 Remastered Version) 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Another Whimsical Song (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74)0:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Lady Rachel (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74) 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stop This Train (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74) 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 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 
Listen16. The Up Song (2008 Remastered Version) 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. After The Show (2005 Remastered Version) 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Thank You Very Much (2005 Remastered Version) 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Kevin Ayers - an English eccentric, supreme musical raconteur and a quirky innovator whose inspiration was derived from fine food and wine, sunshine and the Mediterranean. This remastered released contains seven extra tracks, four taken from a July 1974 John Peel session.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I remember buying this album in the summer of 1974 in Dublin. I liked the laminate embossed sleeve - I liked Island Records as a label and I liked the price - two quid. But when I got it home and played the album - I just didn't get it. I didn't know what to make of the disparate song styles - nor did I like the really heavy drug-addiction references that permeated so many of the tracks - especially the 4-part suite on Side 2. But of course across time and several plays - I grew to love it - and even though I traded other albums in second hand shops to feed my music addiction - I never parted with my two quid deal. Here are the needle-fuelled details...

UK released March 2009 on EMI/Harvest 268 2952 (Barcode 5099926829524) the expanded CD breaks down as follows (65:50 minutes):

1. Day By Day [Side 1]
2. See You Later
3. Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You
4. Everybody's Sometimes And Some People's All The Times Blues
5. It Begins With A Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends With A Curse
6. Ballbearing Blues
7. The Confessions Of Dr. Dream Part One: Irreversible Neural Damage [Side 2]
8. The Confessions Of Dr. Dream Part Two: Invitation
9. The Confessions Of Dr. Dream Part Three: The One Chance Dance
10. The Confessions Of Dr. Dream Part Four: Doctor Dream Theme
11. Two Goes Into Four
Tracks 1 to 11 make up the album "The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories" by KEVIN AYERS released in the UK on Island ILPS 9263 in May 1974

BONUS TRACKS:
12. Another Whimsical Song
13. Lady Rachel
14. Stop This Train
15.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Brook on 18 April 2009
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Phase two of EMI's grand sweep through the career of the gentleman rocker's catalogue finds him at a commercial and creative peak in 1974's Doctor Dream, the last of his works to successfully fuse lengthy leftfield extemporism with droll ditties, funk and sprawling rock. The sleep state is foremost on the menu: former band Soft Machine's `Why Are We Sleeping' rewards in a powerful revisit and then there's the side-long title track, a strange and troubling affair with the somnolent Nico guesting. Lighter moments come courtesy of former Patto guitar virtuoso Ollie Halsall (in feisty form on 'Didn't Feel Lonely 'Till I Thought Of You') in what was to prove a near 20 year long partnership and with the likes of Lol Coxhill, Mikes Giles, Moran and Oldfield playing, and Rupert Horn producing, this could not really go wrong. Top quality re-mastering brings a rich and varied work to startling re-entry and bonuses in non-LP singles and B-sides and some very tight (musically) Peel sessions forge a reissue worthy of the discerning catalogue fan's collection. Ayers was always a pop song writer (check out the Soft's stab at chart stadrom 'Love Makes Sweet Music') and subsequent 70's releases - including 'Sweet Deceiver' and 'Yes, We Have No Mananas' (also being reissued) - though materially strong, are more conventionally-structured affairs. This is Ayers unharnessed...a very good thing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2009
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One of the last great Kevin Ayers albums (his first for Island records now re-released on Harvest/EMI), `The Confessions of Doctor Dream', features his irascible wit and quirky writing which is highlighted best by the `Confessions of Doctor Dream' suite which made up side two of the original album.
Other songs on the album are: a remake of `Why are we sleeping' from the first `Soft machine' album, re-titled for this album `It Begins with a Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends with a Curse', the rather splendid `Ball bearing Blues', and the jaunty `Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought of You'. Demos for a lot of this material can be found on an album called `What more can I say..' also available from Amazon.

Bonus material has all appeared on CD before three non album songs which made up 75% of the singles from this period the other song appearing on the album. And 4 tracks from a John Peel session contemporary to this release. The sound quality to my mind suffers from the curse of modern mastering in that its loud, and as such some of the dynamics are not as good as they could be. Fans of Kevin Ayers will love this album and the casual buyer will not be disappointed either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Akshobia on 9 May 2012
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I know that many( if not most) Kevin Ayers fans will disagree with me, but I have always felt this to be the best Kevin Ayers album. Although I love individual songs such as Star, Lady Rachel or Blue, I love the overall perfection and profundity of this work. The instrumental work is of the highest quality( e.g Mike Oldfield's solo on "Everbody's sometimes.." and I feel the whole album is more structured than usual.
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I used to own this album and I got this because of "Ballbearing Blues" and Mike Oldfield's guitar solo and Nico's voice, and just generally because it is a good album. Sorry to hear that Kevin Ayers passed away in 2013.
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