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The Harvest Years 1969-1974 (5CD)

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The Harvest Years 1969-1974 (5CD)

by Kevin Ayers

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Kevin Ayers founding member of soft machine is an English eccentric, supreme musical raconteur. This album covers the years Kevin Ayers was signed to the legendary Harvest label, 1969-1974.

The albums included in this release:
Joy of a toy (Released Nov 1969) debut solo album from Kevin Ayers, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. Was inspired by a gift from Jimi Hendrix – a Gibson J-200 guitar, which Hendrix presented to Ayers after Soft Machine supported The Jimi Hendrix Experience on a tour of the US. Amongst the bonus tracks is Singing a Song in the Morning which features Syd Barretts psychedelic guitar playing and You Say You Like My Hat which was recorded for BBC Top Gear Session, 10 February 1970.

Shooting At The Moon (released October 1970) was Ayers second studio album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. Recorded with “The Whole World” which included Ayers touring band for ‘Joy of a toy’ which included a young Mike Oldfield. Amongst the bonus tracks are Shooting At The Moon recorded for BBC Radio 1 at Playhouse Theatre, London for the BBC Alan Black Session, 20 May 1970 and We Did It Again / Murder In The Air recorded for BBC Top Gear Session, 9 June 1970

Whatevershebringswesing – (Released January 1972) seen by many as Ayers best work, this solo album, also recorded at Abbey Road - includes contributions from Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt. Amongst the eight bonus tracks is Queen Thing recorded for BBC Bob Harris Session, 17 May 1972, recorded for BBC Radio 1 at Aeolian Hall

Bananamour – (Originally released May 1973) Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Ayers fourth album for Harvest was Bananamour, the album contains the Syd Barrett tribute Oh Wot a Dream, and the Velvet Underground inspired Decadence. Amongst six bonus tracks, includes: Shouting In A Bucket Blues recorded for a BBC Bob Harris Session, 11 April 1973.

The Confessions Of Dr Dream and Other Stories – (Originally released May 1974) released on Island Records, this is Ayers fifth studio album. This critically acclaimed album is complemented by 7 bonus tracks including: Didn’t Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You recorded for BBC Radio One’s John Peel Show at Langham Studio on 9 July 1974.

CD 1
1. Joy of a Toy Continued (2003 - Remaster)   2. Town Feeling (2003 - Remaster)   3. The Clarietta Rag (2003 - Remaster)   4. Girl On a Swing (2003 - Remaster)   5. Song for Insane Times (2003 - Remaster)   6. Stop This Train (Again Doing It)    (2003 - Remaster)   7. Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her)    (2003 - Remaster)   8.The Lady Rachel (2003 - Remaster)   9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong (2003 - Remaster)   10. All This Crazy Gift of Time (2003 - Remaster)   11. Singing a Song in the Morning (2003 - Remaster)   12. Clarence in Wonderland (Top Gear Session)   13. Stop This Train (Top Gear Session)   14. Why Are We Sleeping (Top Gear Session)   15.You Say You Like My Hat (Top Gear Session)  

CD 2

1. May I? (2003 - Remaster)   2. Rheinhardt and Geraldine / Colores Para Dolores (2003 - Remaster)   3. Lunatics Lament (2003 - Remaster)   4. Pisser Dans Un Violon (2003 - Remaster)   5. The Oyster and the Flying Fish (2003 - Remaster)   6. Underwater (2003 - Remaster)   7.Clarence in Wonderland (2003 - Remaster)   8. Red Green and You Blue (2003 - Remaster)   9. Shooting At the Moon (2003 - Remaster)   10. Butterfly Dance (2003 - Remaster)   11. Puis Je? (2003 - Remaster)   12. Gemini Child (Alan Black Session)   13. Lady Rachel (Alan Black Session)   14. Shooting At the Moon (Alan Black Session)   15. Derby Day (BBC Top Gear Session 9 June 1970)   16. Interview (BBC Top Gear Session 9 June 1970)   17. We Did It Again / Murder in the Air (BBC Top Gear Session 9 June 1970)  

CD 3

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. Fake Mexican Tourist Blues (2003 - Remaster)   11. Lunatic's Lament (Bob Harris Session)   12. Oyster and the Flying Fish (Bob Harris Session)   13. Butterfly Dance (Bob Harris Session)   14. Whatevershebringswesing (Bob Harris Session)   15. Falling in Love Again (Bob Harris Session)   16. Queen Thing (Bob Harris Session)  

CD 4

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. Caribbean Moon (2003 - Remaster)   12. Take Me to Tahiti (2003 - Remaster)   13. Interview (BBC Bob Harris Session 11 April 1973)   14. Oh! What a Dream (BBC Bob Harris Session 11 April 1973)   15. Shouting in a Bucket Blues (BBC Bob Harris Session 11 April 1973)  

CD 5

1. Day By Day (2009 - Remaster)   2. See You Later (2009 - Remaster)   3. Didn't Feel Lonely 'til I Thought of You (2009 - Remaster)   4. Everybody's Sometime and Some People's All the Time Blues (2009 - Remaster)   5. It Begins With a Blessing/Once I Awakened/But It Ends With a Curse (2008 - Remaster)   6. Ballbearing Blues (2008 - Remaster)   7. The Confessions of Doctor Dream: Irreversible Neural Damage (2008 - Remaster)   8. The Confessions of Doctor Dream: Invitation (2009 - Remaster)   9. The Confessions of Doctor Dream: The One Chance Dance (2009 - Remaster)   10. The Confessions of Doctor Dream: Doctor Dream Theme (2009 - Remaster)   11. Two Goes Into Four (2009 - Remaster)   12. The Up Song (2008 - Remaster)   13. After the Show (2005 - Remaster)   14. Thank You Very Much (2005 - Remaster)   15. Another Whimsical Song (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74)   16. The Lady Rachel (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74)   17. Stop This Train (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74)   18. Didn't Feel Lonely 'til I Thought of You (BBC Radio One's ''John Peel Show'' 30/7/74)