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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B007FQW7LM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Kevin Ayers did his best work during the period covered by this compilation, though in calling it the Harvest Years, the compilers are slightly incorrect in that it also includes the first LP that he made for Island records in 1974. That's not of course a bad thing, since the island LP "The confessions of Dr Dream" was one of his very best.

What we have with this compilation, is the five albums made by this underrated artist over the five-year period covered by the title. This means that we get Joy of a Toy, Shooting at the Moon, whatevershebringswesing, Bananamour, plus the Dr Dream record.

The Harvest albums were remastered in 2003, while the Island album was remastered in 2008 –9. All of the albums come with bonus tracks, and while these are certainly well worth listening to, it is slightly disappointing that the bonuses do not match with the bonuses that were issued when the remastered CDs came out, thus we have radio session versions of some of the bonus tracks as opposed to studio outtakes.This doesn't really detract from the quality of the original albums course, and those fans already owning the original CDs, therefore have something new to find with this collection.

As other reviewers have already commented, the packaging is very disappointing, and for that reason only I have deducted one star from what would otherwise have been a five-star review. If you are new to the music Kevin Ayers, and and want more than just a single CD, I would say that this is a very good place to start.
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Only heard this collection a week ago and all I can say is wow! I first heard of Kevin Ayers from reading about Pink Floyd in late 1980s a time when Ayers was in the where are they now category and pre-internet it was difficult to find out more. Ayers was the bassist/ vocalist of Floyd 1966/67 contemporaries & bill sharers the Soft Machine. In 1968 Both Floyd and Soft Machine’s front men left their respective bands and started solo careers sharing the same management and record label Harvest. Whereas Syd Barrett’s solo career consisted of two disjointed efforts of interest only to compelists, Ayers’s solo career is a goldmine as it captured him at his peak of his powers and it took much longer for the drugs to destroy his creativity. Ayers legacy is that of the link between Syd Barrett and Bryan Ferry.

I remember reading an interview with former manager Peter Jenner where he described Kevin Ayers as being Bryan Ferry before Ferry. Ayers had the looks & the female admirers, more importantly the voice, artiness, Velvet Underground & C&W influences & the Lounge Lizard croon that Ferry also had. No doubt Ayers helped galvanise Bryan Ferry. Part of the tune for Ayers’ Lady Rachel seems to have worked its way in Ferry’s Song for Europe. Brian Enos’ early solo albums Here Comes the Warm Jets and Taking Tiger Mountain seem to these ears owe more to the influence of Ayers than to Ferry/ Roxy.
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I stumbled across vintage video of Mr Ayers performing Shouting In a Bucket Blues on BBC4 a month or so back and it cheered me up no end. I decided to invest in this download as it seemed such good value. Not disappointed; Hazy, eccentric, humorous, adventurous.

In some strange way it reminds me of a long departed 70's childhood in England.

Now where's my Tardis?
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First, the good news: this compilation is great value for money - 5CDs comprising the original albums, plus BBC sessions and other bonus tracks.

Now, the not so good news - the bonus tracks do not include all of the other bonus tracks (mostly singles, B-dides and out-takes) that appeared on the invidiual album re-issues a few years ago. So this was a missed opportunity to pull all this material together (or maybe just put out a CD of the BBC tracks?). Also, there are very limited sleevenotes, and the accompanying booklet looks underbaked. Shame.
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This gathers together the individual cd extended edition releases plus adds on each cd more radio sessions from other cds. All you need in one great package at a very reasonable price. Buy it now.
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I am very pleased to replace my ancient kevin ayers best of cd with the first 5 original albums plus bonus tracks.
I am very sorry to say that this is a 1980's style plastic clam case with no sleeve notes and beige harvest labels.
I had to search to find out why Joy of a Toy was continued?
Obviously because it was a Soft Machine song originally.
Why not release this like the classic albums series with miniature lp sleeves and the original green harvest labels in a smart card box?
Alternatively check out Songs for Insane Times the 4cd extended best of.
Unfortunately with the same type of plastic case but this includes a live concert from 1973.
The Harvest Years 1969-1974
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