lördag 15 oktober 2016

KEVIN AYERS/ODD DITTIES SHSM 2005 (-78) UK

One of my favorite Kevin Ayers LP:s. I'm amazed how a budget compilation only consisting of rejected cuts and obscure A:s and B:s can be so rewarding. Would have liked it solely just for the rarity of it all, but there's much more going on here. Fourteen tracks ranging over psych, art music, rock and ballads with a latin accent, all in that familiar Ayers atmosphere aiming to put you in a warm and cozy mood. In fact his musical identity in the early seventies was so consistant that even if these recordings were spread between 1969-73 they could as well have been from the same session. So whatever differing backgrounds I don't get the impression listening to a collection of randomly picked cuts, more like an orignal album where all pieces have a common background and almost identical audio (which btw is really good). So don't feel put off by the budget label and cheapish cover - get it for the music and just enjoy. My favorite tracks - "Soon, Soon, Soon" a 1969 recording planned as an A-side, but unissued - odd piece of psych, melodic with assorted twists and effects...and "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes" - 1971 A-side only, starting somewhat Lou Reed inspired backed by untuned (?) guitars then moving over to a bar piano piece with distorted vocals. Originally issued also in France and Holland. Japan 2014 CD came with three bonus tracks, including the single version of "Star". Premiere UK had label as shown here and thin matt cover. (HÄVL*) (PÖP*)

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