Ayers, Kevin - What More Can I Say...
Collated from a number of boxes of home recordings left at Lady June's house after Kevin moved out and they were saved from the rubbish bin by G.F. Fitz-Gerald. While the sound quality is generally suprisingly excellent, this is definitely geared towards folks who are already fans. But if you are a big fan of his 1969-1974 solo works, then this could be of huge interest.
"Kevin Ayers listened to this recently discovered collection of his private demo recordings and out-takes, and found them to be a refreshing reminder of a musical innocence, unique to the nineteen seventies. Much more than nuggets from a golden era, these songs remain compellingly personal in their simplicity, and sit alongside sunny instrumentals featuring friends David Bedford, Mike Oldfield, Archie Leggett (1944 – 1997) and Robert Wyatt. Of special note is the fourteen minute private demonstration for the Doctor Dream suite, a stunning 'audio letter' synopsis with acoustic performances and wry commentary. Never has Kevin Ayers' voice and guitar been captured in such natural intimacy. These beautifully recorded reel-to-reel tapes are an indispensable portrait of an artist as a young man. Or to convey the response from manager Tim Shepard, 'This is Kevin's Holy Grail!" What more can we say?'