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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Harvest/EMI
  • ASIN: B00004UDT1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"This album is for anyone with an open mind about what music's for and how it can make you go 'Yes' on a cold morning in November! It also helps if you have a sense of humor and fun. This CD is a great introduction to the world of Kevin Ayers, packed with inventive and melodic moments and free from cacophonous wig-outs. There are a couple of less succcessful tracks and some of it is a bit dated, but so what, there are some great tunes too, often brilliantly played. it certainly doesn't deserve the verdict given by the Steve Hillage fan below. [Actually I believe Steve Hillage played on some Kevin Ayers tracks, so he at least must have quite liked the chap's stuff.] I would normally have given this CD four stars [because it doesn't have one of my favourite Ayers tracks, May I? on it] but I'll give it an extra one to redress the balance. For those who are unfamiliar with Kevin Ayers, his music is a bit like a mellower version of Syd Barrett, but with more instrumentation. In other words very good indeed!
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There is an overwhelming consensus in the career synopses for this bibulous singer-songwriter that his talents are erratic. But there is also general agreement that his solo work was at its best in the early- to mid-1970s, when he was working for the musical company EMI's imprint Harvest Records, and also for Island Records. This 1989 single-disc release seeks to fashion a coherent compilation from the oddly-titled, multi-sectioned psychdelic folk-rock music that he created in this period. It does this in two ways. Firstly, it includes some of his most highly-regarded songs from the eight studio albums he made between 1969 and 1978, such as, 'Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes', and 'The Lady Rachel'. Secondly, it features some impressive non-album tracks, like the shelved single 'Soon Soon Soon', 1970's 'Singing A Song In The Morning', and the opener 'Butterfly Dance'. However, I was befuddled by some inclusions, like 1978's 'Ballad Of A Salesman Who Sold Himself', which really only has its Dadaist title to recommend itself. And I was also agitated by some ommissions from the 19 songs chosen, such as the charmingly droll 'Whatevershebringswesing', and the tribute to Syd Barrett 'Oh! What A Dream'. A couple of tunes, like the reggae pastiche 'Caribbean Moon', haven't aged all that well either.
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By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2007
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This collection is valuable for the assortment of non-album tracks and previously unreleased tracks, drawn mostly from his strongest period, on the Harvest label, and includes the abandoned single Soon Soon Soon, and the shelved single version of The Lady Rachel. Both previously appeared only on the long-deleted and superior vinyl compilation Odd Ditties in 1976, though are now both now to be found on the remastered Joy Of A Toy. Other re-issues have bonus tracks that are duplicated here.

The CD is therefore generally of most use to first-time buyers and to those who have Kevin Ayers albums in versions that came without bonus tracks as there are no exclusive tracks here.

Nico guests on Irreversible Neural Damage from The Confessions Of Dr Dream (Island, 1974) and there are two tracks from Sweet Deceiver, a record he made for Island in 1975, plus two from Rainbow Takeaway, which he co-produced with Anthony Moore on his return to Harvest in 1978, including the stage favourite Hat Song, but these tend to lack the charm and individuality of his earlier work, and suggest that these later albums are probably best experienced in anthologies such as this
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By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2000
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I need say no more than the above, other then the sure bredth of Ayres musical talent is captured on this brilliant starter to get the musical taste buds going.
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