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Kevin Ayers Still Life with Guitar (1992)

 Kevin Ayers — Still Life with Guitar (1992)

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Kevin Ayers — Still Life with Guitar
Born: 16 August 1944  / Died: 18 February 2013, Montolieu, France  
Origin: Kent, England
Album release: January 1992
Recorded: 1991; Chipping Norton, The Church, Townhouse, Marcus Studios, Strongroom, Nomis & Real World Studios
Record Label: FNAC Music, Indisc / Market Square Music (2002)
Duration:     34:28
01] Feeling This Way     2:43
02] Something In Between     3:16
03] Thank You Very Much     3:18
04] There Goes Johnny     4:04
05] Ghost Train     4:28
06] I Don't Depend On You     3:37
07] When Your Parents Go To Sleep     4:47
08] M16     2:55
09] Don't Blame Them     1:53
10] Irene Good Night     3:29
Kevin Ayers / Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Armstrong / Guitar
Stuart Bruce / Keyboards
Simon Clarke / Keyboards
B.J. Cole / Guitar (Steel)
Ben Darlow / Vocals
Roy Dodds / Drums
Simon Edwards / Bass
Ollie Halsall / Guitar, Keyboards
Gavin Harrison / Drums
Graham Henderson / Keyboards
Richard Lee / Bass
Steve Monti / Drums
Anthony Moore / Keyboards
Mark E. Nevin / Guitar
Mike Oldfield / Guitar
Danny Thompson / Bass
Website: http://www.kevin-ayers.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/whatevershebringswesing
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kevin-Ayers/34154645712
Main manager: Timothy Shepard - shepard@kevin-ayers.com
Kevin Armstrong  Guitar
Kevin Ayers  Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Vocals
Stuart Bruce  Keyboards
Simon Clarke  Keyboards
B.J. Cole  Guitar (Steel)
Ben Darlow  Vocals
Roy Dodds  Drums
Simon Edwards  Bass
Ollie Halsall  Guitar, Keyboards
Peter Halsall  Composer
Gavin Harrison  Drums
Graham Henderson  Keyboards
Richard Lee  Bass
Steve Monti  Drums
Anthony Moore  Keyboards
Mark E. Nevin  Guitar
Mike Oldfield  Guitar
Danny Thompson  Bass
¶  Kevin Ayers (born 16 August 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) was an English songwriter and was a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. BBC DJ John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it."
¶  Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the late 1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene. He has recorded a series of albums as a solo artist and over the years has worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall, among others. After living for many years in Deià, Majorca, he returned to the United Kingdom in the mid 1990s. He now lives in the south of France. His most recent album was Unfairground, which was recorded in New York City, Tucson, Arizona, and London in 2006.
Title / Label / Date of Release
Joy of a Toy Harvest Nov 1969
Shooting at the Moon Harvest Oct 1970
Whatevershebringswesing Harvest Nov 1971
Bananamour Harvest May 1973
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories Island May 1974
June 1, 1974 (with Nico, John Cale and Brian Eno) Island Jun 1974
Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy (with Lady June and Brian Eno) Caroline/Virgin Nov 1974
Sweet Deceiver Island Mar 1975
Yes We Have No Mañanas (So Get Your Mañanas Today) Harvest Jun 1976
Rainbow Takeaway Harvest Apr 1978
That's What You Get Babe Harvest Feb 1980
Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain Charly Jun 1983
Deià...Vu Blau Mar 1984
As Close As You Think Illuminated Jun 1986
Falling Up Virgin Feb 1988
Still Life with Guitar FNAC January 1992
The Unfairground LO-MAX September 2007
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Kevin Ayers biography
¶  A gifted songwriter, guitarist, bassist and singer, Kevin Ayers has been flitting in and out of prog throughout his long, languid career. Present at the very beginning of the Canterbury Scene as a key member of the WILDE FLOWERS alongside such Canterbury veterans as Robert Wyatt, Richard Sinclair and Hugh Hopper in 1963, Kevin Ayers was already secured a place in Canterbury history. By 1966 SOFT MACHINE was born, and Kevin Ayers was recruited as a bassist and vocalist for the group. He lasted but one album before deciding he couldn't take the pace of touring, preferring to concentrate on solo efforts. In 1970 a somewhat formal band (The Whole World) was formed to help with Ayers' solo efforts which featured the likes of saxophonist Lol Coxhill and a certain young Mike Oldfield on guitar. Alas, the band was no more by the end of 1971. ¶  Ayers continues to play informal gigs as and when and may even swagger into the studio once more, but maintains as much of a laid-back attitude to these activities as his music itself exudes.
¶  For prog fans, the albums "Joy of a Toy", "Shooting at the Moon", "Whatevershebringswesing" and "The Confessions of Dr Dream" are of most interest as they contain reworkings of Ayers' early SOFT MACHINE material as well as copious very proggy pieces ranging drastically in style from lazy ditties to avant-garde sound explorations. After these albums Ayers' work became increasingly song-orientated and acoustic and may hold little fascination for the average progger.
¶  Highly recommended to all Canterbury enthusiasts and lovers of creative and finely crafted songs.
¶  Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
¶  The obvious Canterbury connections and excellent progressive material on several albums.

 © Kevin Ayers on stage, backed by Mushroom at the Great American Music Hall.

Kevin Ayers Still Life with Guitar (1992)



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