After the experimentation of Shooting At The Moon, by Kevin Ayers And The Whole World, Whatevershebringswesing marked Kevin Ayers' return to the songwriting styles of his debut Joy Of A Toy. This time however the production was far grander with a full orchestra arranged by David Bedford on the opening song, and experimentation with tape loops. Song From The Bottom Of A Well works particularly well, and his best known song, Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes, is included (in two versions). Sometimes the experimental effects are merely distracting and irritating, as when a reprise of Joy Of A Toy Continued cuts into the middle of the stoned-sounding Champagne Cowboy Blues, and along with the whimsical Oh My is one of the weaker tracks.
As with Joy Of A Toy, guest musicians such as Robert Wyatt (from Soft Machine days) and Didier Malherbe (saxophonist with Gong) appear. Whole World member Mike Oldfield contributed lead guitar and bass and gets a sleeve mention for his solo on the wonderful epic title track, though the Whole World disbanded during the recording of this album.
Of the bonus tracks the B-side Stars is by far the best and perhaps should have been an A-side or at least on the album proper. Two songs were not released as singles, rightly in my view, but were then discarded completely and their inclusion here is welcomed.