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4.0 out of 5 stars Ayers and Graces
Here we have on this two CD collection the complete works from Kevin Ayers' years on Island (1974/5). For me, 1974's Dr. Dream was Ayers' best record. Sublimely produced by Rupert Hine, this contained performances by a wide range of guests including Nico, Mike Oldfield and Mike Ratledge. The set comprises of Ayers' usual mixture of heavy concepts (the old Side 2's four...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but no banana
Better to get the 2 individual albums ( mananas and sweet deceiver) The live album is not great and there are no bonus tracks. If that doesn't bother you and you want the Island albums from Kev then this is as good a place as any to get them. They certainly werent his best and tend toward calipso too often
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ayers and Graces, 20 July 2007
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This review is from: Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought of You: the Island Records Years - the Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories/Sweet Deceiver/June 1 1974 (Audio CD)
Here we have on this two CD collection the complete works from Kevin Ayers' years on Island (1974/5). For me, 1974's Dr. Dream was Ayers' best record. Sublimely produced by Rupert Hine, this contained performances by a wide range of guests including Nico, Mike Oldfield and Mike Ratledge. The set comprises of Ayers' usual mixture of heavy concepts (the old Side 2's four part Dr Dream suite) and great pop tunes( Day by Day, Didn't feel lonely...). When June 1st 1974 was released on 28th June 1974, I recall it set a record at the time of being the quickest release of a live concert. I'm afraid I always found Side 1 (with Eno, Cale and Nico) to be virtually unlistenable. The Ayers side by contrast I thought was superb, 'May I' being the highlight.
1975's Sweet Deceiver was very much a collaborative affair with the late, great Ollie Halsall. Ayers was then teamed up with Elton John's manager who persuaded Hercules to session on the album. It has some highlights but alas there are some turkeys too and I found the Ayers / Halsall production somewhat uninspiring. Certainly it failed to deliver the promise I would have expected from Halsall. The bonus tarcks are the non-album singles from that period. I recall seeing Ayers doing 'After The Show' on kids Saturday morning TV but it didn't help it break. Overall, a worthy collection for Dr Dream alone and a bargain for under £8.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Kevin, 21 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought of You: the Island Records Years - the Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories/Sweet Deceiver/June 1 1974 (Audio CD)
Purchased this some time back and heard today that Kevin has passed away. I loved this from the 70s and it really is still a very good play - it seems ageless and very good all round. Recommended of course !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but no banana, 11 April 2013
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Better to get the 2 individual albums ( mananas and sweet deceiver) The live album is not great and there are no bonus tracks. If that doesn't bother you and you want the Island albums from Kev then this is as good a place as any to get them. They certainly werent his best and tend toward calipso too often
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