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Whatevershebringswesing [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Kevin Ayers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00008Y2IW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. There Is Loving/Among Us/There Is Loving (2003 - Remaster)
2. Margaret (2003 - Remaster)
3. Oh My (2003 - Remaster)
4. Song from the Bottom of a Well (2003 - Remaster)
5. Whatevershebringswesing (2003 - Remaster)
6. Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes (2003 - Remaster)
7. Champagne Cowboy Blues (2003 - Remaster)
8. Lullaby (2003 - Remaster)
9. Stars (2003 - Remaster)
10. Don't Sing No More Sad Songs (2003 Digital Remaster)
11. Fake Mexican Tourist Blues (2003 - Remaster)
12. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes (Early Mix)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever would he do next? 29 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this album for the first time is like walking blindfold: you don't know what you're going to bump into next. There isn't enough space on the average album to contain all of Kevin Ayers's ideas and this is no exception. The conventional, the weird, the dark and the beautiful all appear and it seems effortless.

'There Is Loving' makes great use of orchestral musicians, scaling the highest peaks and diving into the deepest troughs. 'Margaret' and 'Lullaby' are gentle and sublime, featuring strong melodies and honeyed textures. 'Oh My' and 'Champagne Cowboy Blues' are more music hall and vaudeville, not to everyone's taste but entirely valid and an essential representation of one side of Ayers's personality. You have to embrace his character in full to appreciate him. 'Song From A Bottom Of A Well' appeases the avant garde fans, a brilliantly-executed slice of the macabre. The title track is a lovingly-crafted gentle blues with a Mike Oldfield guitar solo of pure gold and 'Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes', the most commercial track, is a cool and unforgettable dose of mischief.

Even the bonus tracks shape up, all of them reflecting Ayers's droll side. 'Whatevershebringswesing' is, along with 'Joy Of A Toy', one of Ayers's classic contributions to music. It's a shame most people haven't even heard of him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah...the Joy of a Boy 3 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Kevin Ayers, in my humble opinion is one of the most overlooked of British performers who emerged as part of the Cambridge Circus from the 1960's. In many ways he is very reminiscent of that other English eccentric and borderline genius, the late, greatly missed, Vivian Stanshall.
This timely re-release with additional tracks is a very welcome one for those of us who have owned the original cd for years and who have had to suffer the poor sound mastering. Here with much greater clarity is an album that is not to be missed.
The publicity surrounding this re-release mentions the contributions of some others who perhaps have achieved greater success than Ayers but whose contributions here merely enhance the originality and vitality of this album.
Kevin Ayers' albums are idiosyncratic for two reasons, the quality of the songwriting and the diverse styles and types of music which he employs. His voice is so evocative of others in the Circus such as Caravan but has a way of bringing the lyrics slowly into one's conciousness where the true value of them can be misseed when the listener is not paying careful attention. The lyrics can be subtle and oblique surreal and yet real. Or, to paraphrase another song strangely strange but oddle normal.
The musicians that Ayers plays with also compliment the musical material with it's vast range that demonstartes the breadth of Ayers musical knowledge and genius.
The album begins with an Ayers song There is Loving and Among Us written by the composer David Bedford combined together and concluded with a reprise of There is Loving. Bedford's orchestral contribution is the perfect foil for Ayers' writing but does not come off as cheesy as some other orchestral additions tend to do (on early Elton John for instance).
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Released June 2003 on EMI 07243-582778-2-1 - Tracks 1 to 8 are his 3rd album "Whatevershebringswesing" by KEVIN AYERS released January 1972 in the UK on Harvest Records SHVL 800 in a textured gatefold sleeve (51:26 minutes).

Tracks 9 to 12 are Bonuses:
9 is "Stars" - the non-album B-side to "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes" - a UK 7" single released 27 August 1971 on Harvest HAR 5042
10 is "Don't Sing No More Sad Songs" - recorded September 1972 - it was finally released on the UK compilation LP "Odd Ditties" released February 1976 on Harvest Heritage SHSM 2005
11 is "Fake Mexican Tourist Blues" - as per 10
12 is an 'Early Mix/9 July 1971' of "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes" and is Previously Unreleased

The 16-page booklet has superb liner notes by fan and musicologist MARK POWELL - a name many will know well from his stellar work on the Esoteric Label and the Underground/Prog 3CD Box Sets covering the Polydor, Vertigo, Deram and Decca labels for Universal. But the big news is a fabulous remaster by the album's original engineer PETER MEW. It was done at Abbey Road in February 2003 from original tapes and the audio quality is amazing.

When the opening 3-part string-laden "There Is Loving/Among Us/There Is Loving" exits your speakers - your hit with a sonic clarity that is wonderful and the real beauty of David Bedford's wonderfully lush string arrangements. Ayers made special mention of it on the album's inner gatefold. Both "Margaret" and "Oh My" come on as dainty old English ditties after the complex opener - but are lovely in their melodies - evocative of a vaudeville England long since past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 1970'S MIXTURE LIKE NO OTHER 22 Oct 2000
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply
Deeply disappointing. Should have stuck with stuff I like. To give you a clue, I tend to buy Pink Flod etc ... oh, and Pink Floyd !
Published 7 months ago by Digital Migrant
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince Kevin
Not an album I owned on vinyl unlike Joy Of A Toy and Shooting At The Moon
This is a beautiful album from Kevin. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mj Elton
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but undiminshed
Is this the best of the Ayers early career albums? It's up there with 'Joy of a Toy' and 'Bananamour'. Read more
Published 13 months ago by W R Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Ayers
More experimental than later albums this shows Kevin Ayers experimenting on opening track with the use of David Bedfords imaginative arrangements. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Eduardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatevershebringswesing
The same as my reviews of Shooting at the Moon and Joy of a Toy. Lots of happy memories, singing and dancing along...
Published 18 months ago by Pat Eyre
5.0 out of 5 stars British songwriting at its eccentric best.
Kevin Ayers, a true master of English expression. His melody lines on this album are truy beautiful, plus the addition of a very young Mike Oldfield on guitar go to make an... Read more
Published 18 months ago by paulus the woodgnome
4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Ayers R.I.P.
This is a great LP. It's of its time, but what a time and lovely to just wallow in.......Thank you VERY much....
Published 18 months ago by michael christopher akerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Ayres at His Best
Great old album. Quite eclectic. Great price. Cheap enough to buy for nostalgia's sake as old favourite Prompt delivery. All good. Have a listen!?
Published on 16 July 2012 by Smileypete
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole World ended.
By the time January 1972 rolled around and this album was put out into the post-Christmas stupor the band that had served Ayers so well on `Shooting At The Moon' was no more. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2010 by N. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous listening experience
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... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2005 by Lozarithm
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