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The Brilliant Kevin Ayers!,
This review is from: The Harvest Years 1969-1974 (Audio CD)
One of the greats to come out of the Canterbury Scene; yes I know that this term is hotly contested but although it clearly has less to do with physical location than an approach to music making. Kevin Ayers was, however, in the heart of that scene. He was one of many who was in the seminal Wilde Flowers which, in turn, produced the first two prototype Canterbury bands: Caravan and Soft Machine, of which he as a founder member. After he left he produced some of the most distinctive music to come out of that scene. The question that arises out of his departure is what direction might Soft Machine have taken had he stayed?
When I first started collecting Kevin Ayers the only available versions of Joy of a Toy and Shooting at the Moon was the double LP package that highlighted Mike Oldfield's involvement so dodgy packaging ( cited by other reviewers here) is nothing new. The key here though is the music, which is utterly brilliant. The album information that is no included can easily be found on Wikipedia and besides the chief attraction of this package must surely be in downloaded MP3 form; £9.49 for 5 of the finest Kevin Ayers albums? Come on that has got to be a bargain!
Its a shame that the rock and roll lifestyle took him in the end but let us be thankful that he lasted long enough to leave us all this brilliant music.