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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,903 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever would he do next? 29 Sep 2006
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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 A 1970'S MIXTURE LIKE NO OTHER 22 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I FIRST BOUGHT THIS ALBUM IN THE EARLY 1970'S. IT IS A RARE MIXTURE OF SONG AND INSTRUMENTAL PIECES FEATURING A BEAUTIFUL GUITAR SOLO BY A VERY YOUNG MIKE OLDFIELD ON 'WHATEVERSHEBRINGSWESING'TO 'STRANGER IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES' AND THE FINAL RESTFUL 'LULLABY' TRACK. KEVIN AYERS DEEP, RASPY VOICE AND VARIED CONTENT OF THIS ALBUM MAKE IT ONE THAT CANNOT BE LIKENED TO ANY OTHER. FOR ME,HIS BEST WORK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Ayres at His Best 16 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole World ended. 4 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
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. A cause for sadness though this might be, Ayers wasn't a man for getting sidetracked, as this album only goes to show.

He was a man for a song, though, as the elegiac `Margaret' proves. Just in case things are getting a little too lyrical by its close, however, he follows it up with the vaguely daft `Oh My' just to redress the balance.

But nothing needs to be set against the title track, which women with taste who have a penchant for spending hours in the bath should have as the musical accompaniment for their bathroom hogging, especially as in this reviewer's opinion Mike Oldfield's guitar solo far exceeds anything he put out under his own name, and the odd-but-right vocal harmonising between Ayers and Robert Wyatt is a joy (of a toy)

It's followed up by `Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes' which in terms of the Ayers canon is a hit, something which can also be said about this album.

So stick your hands in your pockets for this one, pop pickers. You know you want to.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous listening experience 19 Aug 2005
By Lozarithm TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 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 6 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 10 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 15 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 15 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 15 months ago by paulus the woodknome
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 15 months ago by michael christopher akerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Most accessible album by eclectic musician
Always a favourite amongst Kevin Ayres fans this is a consistent piece of work with a settled band. This album very much highlights the melodic side of Kevin Ayres material. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2003 by Fletch-a-sketch
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