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Bananamour Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00008Y2IX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Let It Get You Down (2003 - Remaster)
  2. Shouting in a Bucket Blues (2003 - Remaster)
  3. When Your Parents Go to Sleep (2003 - Remaster)
  4. Interview (2003 - Remaster)
  5. Internotional Anthem (2003 - Remaster)
  6. Decadence (2003 - Remaster)
  7. Oh! Wot a Dream (2003 - Remaster)
  8. Hymn (2003 - Remaster)
  9. Beware of the Dog (2003 - Remaster)
  10. Connie On a Rubber Band (2003 - Remaster)
  11. Decadence (Early Mix)
  12. Take Me to Tahiti (2003 - Remaster)
  13. Caribbean Moon (2003 - Remaster)

Product Description

1.Don't Let It Get You Down
2.Shouting In A Bucket Blues
3.When Your Parents Go To Sleep
4.Interview
5.Internotional Anthem
6.Decadence
7.Oh! Wot A Dream
8.Hymn
9.Beware Of The Dog
10.Connie On A Rubber Band
11.Decadence (Early Mix)
12.Take Me To Tahiti
13.Caribbean Moon

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Format: Audio CD
Those enamoured of the Canterbury scene will eventually come across Kevin Ayers. Nearly 30 years after seeing the ads in the music press for Banamour, I decided to try it out. It's not what I expected, seemingly far removed from Soft Machine and only the most passing and distant simiarity with Caravan. It's hardly progressive but, after 2-3 plays, it does become compulsive. A mixed, mellow compilation that gets under the skin - interesting vocal and guitar effects all in some type of challenging singer-songwriter frame. Never mainstream but masquerading as something accessible - which it is but also challenging on another level. I don't think they make stuff like this anymore. It's why the 70's was so distinctive and unique - music of character and a little eccentricity? Makes me want to explore the Ayers colection a bit further
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I have loved this album since it was first released and it just gets better and better as the years have passed. The first album is charming and lovely, the second a bit too patchy, the third is very good, but Bananamour is the one. It has everything I associate with Kevin Ayers. It is fun, stoned, happy, warm, silly, soulful, melodic, laid back, engaging, tasteful, drunken, intelligent, unpretentious, joyful music, well played (take a bow Steve Hillage) and well produced. The remastered cd sounds great and the booklet includes the inserts which came with the original album, plus an informative essay (although I would still like to know who played the synth on "Decadence"). The extra tracks enhance the original. Oh, and just like the other three remasters, the cd itself is a facsimile of that wonderful two tone green Harvest label! Don't think, just buy it.
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Ex Soft Machine bassist/songwriting genius KEVIN AYERS had a run of stunningly diverse and eclectic albums on Harvest Records between 1969 and 1973. "Joy Of A Toy" opened proceedings in December 1969, "Shooting At The Moon" followed in October 1970, the much-loved "Whatevershebringswesing" in January 1972 - and then this - the wonderful but hugely under-appreciated "Bananamour" in the spring of 1973. Always somehow in the shadow of its more popular predecessor - the album "Bananamour" deserves a better rap. Time to do so...

UK released June 2003 - "Bananamour" by KEVIN AYERS on EMI 07243-582780-2-6 (Barcode 724358278026) is an 'Expanded' CD Remaster and breaks down as follows (52:34 minutes):

1. Don't Let It Get You Down
2. Shouting In A Bucket Blues
3. When Your Parents Go To Sleep
4. Interview
5. International Anthem
6. Decadence [Side 2]
7. Oh! Wot A Dream
8. Hymn
9. Beware Of The Dog
Tracks 1 to 9 are the album "Bananamour" released May 1973 in the UK on Harvest SHVL 807

BONUS TRACKS:
10. Connie On A Rubber Band - non-album track, B-side of "Oh Wot A Dream" - a UK 7" single issued November 1972 on Harvest HAR 5064
11. Decadence - a Previously Unreleased 'Early Mix' - recorded 15 December 1972
12. Take Me To Tahiti - non-album track, B-side of a 7" single released April 1973in the UK on Harvest HAR 5071
13. Caribbean Moon - non-album track, A-side of "Take Me To Tahiti"

The remaster has been carried out with the Artist's approval by PETER MEW at Abbey Road - and what a sonic winner this is.
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By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 17 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Kevin Ayers and the band 747 toured the Bananamour album in 1973 as Banana Follies and I was fortunate to see them at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on May 26th. The sleeve notes to this release mention that the preceding night's QEH gig on the 25th was recorded for a possible live LP "but Ayers' performance proved lacklustre and the overall result proved too disappointing to release". Perhaps they recorded the wrong night as I remember no such shortcomings and it seemed as if Kevin Ayers was on the verge of major stardom.

Although both the band and the material lacked the eccentricity and inspiration of his former outfit, the Whole World, it seemed that these concessions had made him and the band into more of a commercial proposition.

This is also true of this album. The whole affair is very restrained in a rather deliberate and British fashion, and this works to good advantage on some of the numbers, such as the excellent Shouting In A Bucket Blues, which features Steve Hillage on guitar, though at times there are lyrical weaknesses, and whimsical tributes to Syd Barrett and Nico both fail to show real insight into their subjects. Overall, though, this is still a strong and idiosyncratic album. Archie Leggett is allowed a lead vocal on the soully mock-sinister When Your Parents Go To Sleep, with a horn section featuring Howie Casey, and Soft Machine buddy organist Mike Ratledge solos on Interview.

Stardom failed to follow and Kevin's next release was on the Island label.

Of the bonus tracks, the highlight is a reggae reworking of old favourite Clarence In Wonderland, recorded with the band Greyhound, under the title Connie On A Rubber Band.
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