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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00008Y2IW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. There Is Loving/Among Us/There Is Loving (2003 - Remaster)
  2. Margaret (2003 - Remaster)
  3. Oh My (2003 - Remaster)
  4. Song from the Bottom of a Well (2003 - Remaster)
  5. Whatevershebringswesing (2003 - Remaster)
  6. Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes (2003 - Remaster)
  7. Champagne Cowboy Blues (2003 - Remaster)
  8. Lullaby (2003 - Remaster)
  9. Stars (2003 - Remaster)
  10. Don't Sing No More Sad Songs (2003 Digital Remaster)
  11. Fake Mexican Tourist Blues (2003 - Remaster)
  12. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes (Early Mix)

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Format: Audio CD
Kevin Ayers, in my humble opinion is one of the most overlooked of British performers who emerged as part of the Cambridge Circus from the 1960's. In many ways he is very reminiscent of that other English eccentric and borderline genius, the late, greatly missed, Vivian Stanshall.
This timely re-release with additional tracks is a very welcome one for those of us who have owned the original cd for years and who have had to suffer the poor sound mastering. Here with much greater clarity is an album that is not to be missed.
The publicity surrounding this re-release mentions the contributions of some others who perhaps have achieved greater success than Ayers but whose contributions here merely enhance the originality and vitality of this album.
Kevin Ayers' albums are idiosyncratic for two reasons, the quality of the songwriting and the diverse styles and types of music which he employs. His voice is so evocative of others in the Circus such as Caravan but has a way of bringing the lyrics slowly into one's conciousness where the true value of them can be misseed when the listener is not paying careful attention. The lyrics can be subtle and oblique surreal and yet real. Or, to paraphrase another song strangely strange but oddle normal.
The musicians that Ayers plays with also compliment the musical material with it's vast range that demonstartes the breadth of Ayers musical knowledge and genius.
The album begins with an Ayers song There is Loving and Among Us written by the composer David Bedford combined together and concluded with a reprise of There is Loving. Bedford's orchestral contribution is the perfect foil for Ayers' writing but does not come off as cheesy as some other orchestral additions tend to do (on early Elton John for instance).
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Listening to this album for the first time is like walking blindfold: you don't know what you're going to bump into next. There isn't enough space on the average album to contain all of Kevin Ayers's ideas and this is no exception. The conventional, the weird, the dark and the beautiful all appear and it seems effortless.

'There Is Loving' makes great use of orchestral musicians, scaling the highest peaks and diving into the deepest troughs. 'Margaret' and 'Lullaby' are gentle and sublime, featuring strong melodies and honeyed textures. 'Oh My' and 'Champagne Cowboy Blues' are more music hall and vaudeville, not to everyone's taste but entirely valid and an essential representation of one side of Ayers's personality. You have to embrace his character in full to appreciate him. 'Song From A Bottom Of A Well' appeases the avant garde fans, a brilliantly-executed slice of the macabre. The title track is a lovingly-crafted gentle blues with a Mike Oldfield guitar solo of pure gold and 'Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes', the most commercial track, is a cool and unforgettable dose of mischief.

Even the bonus tracks shape up, all of them reflecting Ayers's droll side. 'Whatevershebringswesing' is, along with 'Joy Of A Toy', one of Ayers's classic contributions to music. It's a shame most people haven't even heard of him.
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I've still no idea what the nonsensical title means and frankly who gives a rat's ass. Part genius - part hard work - Kevin Ayers has had a solo career to envy and his fourth album "Whatevershebringswesing" from 1971 was the beginning of an astonishing run of albums that ran into the later Seventies with Island Records. As brilliant and as prolific as his fellow Harvest Records label mate Roy Harper - he's also as eclectic and infuriating as say Robert Wyatt or even Ivor Cutler. But would we have our heroes any other way... Here are those funny smelling cigarettes...

Released June 2003 - "Whatevershebringswesing" by KEVIN AYERS on EMI 07243-582778-2-1 (Barcode 724358277821) is an 'Expanded CD Remaster' and plays out as follows (51:26 minutes):

1. There Is Loving/Among Us/There Is Loving
2. Margaret
3. Oh My
4. Song From The Bottom Of A Well
5. Whatevershebringswesing [Side 2]
6. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
7. Champagne Cowboy Blues
8. Lullaby
Tracks 1 to 8 are his 3rd album "Whatevershebringswesing" by KEVIN AYERS released January 1972 in the UK on Harvest Records SHVL 800 in a textured gatefold sleeve
BONUS TRACKS:
9. Stars - the non-album B-side to "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes" - a UK 7" single released 27 August 1971 on Harvest HAR 5042
10. Don't Sing No More Sad Songs
11. Fake Mexican Tourist Blues - 9 and 10 recorded 1972 - finally released on the UK compilation LP "Odd Ditties" released February 1976 on Harvest Heritage SHSM 2005
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I FIRST BOUGHT THIS ALBUM IN THE EARLY 1970'S. IT IS A RARE MIXTURE OF SONG AND INSTRUMENTAL PIECES FEATURING A BEAUTIFUL GUITAR SOLO BY A VERY YOUNG MIKE OLDFIELD ON 'WHATEVERSHEBRINGSWESING'TO 'STRANGER IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES' AND THE FINAL RESTFUL 'LULLABY' TRACK. KEVIN AYERS DEEP, RASPY VOICE AND VARIED CONTENT OF THIS ALBUM MAKE IT ONE THAT CANNOT BE LIKENED TO ANY OTHER. FOR ME,HIS BEST WORK.
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