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  • Joy Of A Toy Joy Of A Toy Quick View

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    Joy Of A Toy

    As the SOFT MACHINE's first bassist and original principal songwriter, Kevin Ayers was an overlooked force behind the group's groundbreaking recordings in 1967 and 1968. Joy Of A Toy is his debut solo album, its whimsical and unique vision is a clear indication of how Soft Machine might have progressed under Ayers' tenure. On the LP he is accompanied by his Soft Machine colleagues Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper.


    After a Soft Machine tour of the USA with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Ayers had decided to retire from the music business. Hendrix however, presented Ayers with an acoustic Gibson J-200 guitar on the promise that he continue his songwriting. Ayers repaired to a small London flat where he composed and arranged Joy Of A Toy features many of Ayers' most enduring songs from The Lady Rachel to Girl on a Swing.


    It was on this album that Ayers developed his sonorous vocal delivery, an avant-garde song construction and an affection for bizarre instrumentation that would have a deep influence far into the 1970s and indeed the present day.

    1. Joy Of A Toy Continued
    2. Town Feeling
    3. The Clarietta Rag
    4. Girl On A Swing
    5. Song For Insane Times
    6. Stop This Train Again Doing It
    7. Eleanor's Cake Which Ate Her
    8. The Lady Rachel
    9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong
    10. All This Crazy Gift Of Time
    Kevin Ayers
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  • Joy Of A Toy Joy Of A Toy Quick View

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    Joy Of A Toy

    Reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl in a Deluxe Tip-on Jacket


    Joy Of A Toy is the debut solo album from the bassist and principal songwriter of the Soft Machine, originally released in 1969. With Ayers playing an impressive list of instruments and bandmate Robert Wyatt on drums for most of the songs, many of the tracks recall early Soft Machine, and feature Ayers prog-pop songwriting sensibilities in full force.

    1. Joy Of A Toy Continued
    2. Town Feeling
    3. The Clarietta Rag
    4. Girl On A Swing
    5. Song For Insane Times
    6. Stop The Train (Again Doing It)
    7. Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her)
    8. Lady Rachel
    9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong
    10. All This Crazy Gift Of Time
    Kevin Ayers
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Shooting At The Moon Shooting At The Moon Quick View

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    Shooting At The Moon

    Shooting at the Moon (1970) is the second solo album of Kevin Ayers. Following the release of his solo debut, Joy Of A Toy, Kevin Ayers created The Whole World to take the album on the road.


    Following the tour, the band (including Mike Oldfield, Lol Coxhill, Mick Fincher, Robert Wyatt and David Bedford), found itself in the studio. In October 1970, Ayers introduced the world to the Whole World with the release of his follow-up Shooting At The Moon.


    Shooting At The Moon is a solid, unique Pop record. However, Ayers has presented the material in the guise of progressive, arty Rock. No songs in Ayers' discography are more representative of his amiable musical nature than these.

    1. May I? / Rheinhardt & Geraldine / Colores Para Delores
    2. Lunatics Lament / Pisser Dans Un Violon
    3. The Oyster And The Flying Fish / Underwater / Clarence In Wonderland / Red Green And You Blue
    4. Shooting At The Moon
    Kevin Ayers
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  • Live 1967-1969 (On Sale) Live 1967-1969 (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Live 1967-1969 (On Sale)

    Clear colored vinyl with purple lettering, limited edition 500 copies pressed.

    Musicians:


    Robert Wyatt, drums & vocals

    Mike Ratledge, organ, electric piano & flute

    Kevin Ayers, vocals, guitar & bass

    Hugh Hopper , bass & alto saxophone

    Brian Hopper , soprano sax

    Side A
    Recorded for John Peel's Top Gear Show 05/12/1967:

    1. Clarence in Wonderland

    2. We Know What You Mean

    3. A Certain Kind

    4. Hope for Happiness

    5. Strangest Scene


    Side B
    Recorded for John Peel's Top Gear Show 10/06/1969:

    1. Facelift-Mousetrap-Noisette-Backwards

    2. Moon in June

    Soft Machine
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    Wilde Flowers

    Import


    Although the band name itself may not ring any bells for too many people, largely because it never relased any records during its lifetime (1964-1967), The Wilde Flowers were a pillar of the legendary Canterbury scene of the mid-to-late '60s. Band members included: Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Hugh Hopper (all soon to form the seminal Soft Machine) as well as members from another influential Canterbury band, Caravan (David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Brian Hopper). In fact, much of the material found here could have easily been found on an early Soft Machine album. This 19-track compilation is now finally available on vinyl for the first time.


    1. Impotence
    2. Those Words They Say
    3. Don't Try To Change Me
    4. Parchman Farm
    5. Almost Grown
    6. She's Gone
    7. Slow Walkin' Talk
    8. He's Bad For You
    9. It's What I Feel (A Certain Kind)
    10. Never Leave Me
    11. Just Where I Want
    12. Time After Time
    13. No Game When You Lose
    14. Why Do You Care
    15. The Pieman Cometh
    16. Summer Spirit
    17. She Loves To Hurt
    18. The Big Show
    19. Memories
    The Wilde Flowers
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  • The Radio Sessions (Discontinued) (On Sale) The Radio Sessions (Discontinued) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    The Radio Sessions (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Track Listing:


    Side A - Recorded For Top Gear 2/10/70


    1. Why Are We Sleeping?

    2. You Say You Like My Hat


    Side B - Recorded For Alan Black Show 5/20/70


    3. Gemini Chile

    4. Lady Rachel


    Side C - Recorded For Top Coach 6/9/70


    5. Derby Day

    6. The Interview

    7. We Did It Again


    Side D - Recorded For Bob Atlas Show 5/17/72


    8. Oyster And The Flying Fish 9. Butterfly Dance

    10. Whatever She Brings We Sing

    11. Falling In Love Again

    12. Quenn Thing

    Kevin Ayers
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Live At The BBC 1970 & 1972 Live At The BBC 1970 & 1972 Quick View

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    Live At The BBC 1970 & 1972

    Clear Yellow Vinyl


    This valuable collection of BBC sessions, finds Kevin Ayers at the height of his career, fronting several different line-ups and playing an interesting and rare mix of material, most of which is not found on any of his studio albums. The first session, recorded in February of 1970, features an interesting version of Soft Machine's 'Why Are We Sleeping?' and the campy 'You Say You Like My Hat', backed by all members of Soft Machine, plus Elton Dean and Lol Coxhill on sax. The next two sessions, from May & June 1970, find Ayers backed by his Whole World band, featuring Mike Oldfield, and playing 'We Did It Again', from his days with Soft Machine, along with the whimsical 'Derby Day' and 'Gemini Child'. The final session features only Ayers and Archie Leggett on bass (who would also appear on Ayers' 1973 Bananamour album) playing Ayers' 1970 'Butterfly Dance' single along with the classic pop song 'Falling in Love Again'.

    1. Why Are We Sleeping?
    2. You Say You Like My Hat
    3. Derby Day
    4. The Interview
    5. We Did It Again
    6. Gemini Child
    7. Lady Rachel
    8. Oyster And The Flying Fish
    9. Butterfly Dance
    10. Whatevershebringswesing
    11. Falling In Love Again
    12. Queen Thing
    Kevin Ayers
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  • The Soft Machine The Soft Machine Quick View

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    The Soft Machine

    The first two albums by England's legendary Soft Machine, originally released in 1968 and 1969, remain among the most innovative and influential releases of that musically fertile era. These seminal LPs offered a visionary psychedelic-progressive-jazz-rock mix that helped to make the Soft Machine one of Britain's first significant underground bands, as well as a key force in the birth of both progressive rock and jazz-rock.


    A product of the same fabled Canterbury scene that spawned such beloved cult acts as Caravan and Hatfield and the North, the Soft Machine was the rare art-rock combo whose members possessed the instrumental skills to execute their ambitious musical ideas, as well as a playful sense of humor that balanced the band's complex compositions and adventurous improvisations. By the time they began making albums, the Soft Machine was already a sensation in the budding U.K. rock underground, thanks to their now-legendary performances at such fabled London clubs as the UFO, the Speakeasy and Middle Earth, where they shared stages with the likes of Pink Floyd and Tomorrow.


    The Soft Machine, co-produced by Chas Chandler and Tom Wilson, announced the band's arrival on the international scene in fine style. With an unusual three-man lineup comprised of Kevin Ayers on bass and vocals, Robert Wyatt on drums and vocals, and Mike Ratledge on keyboards, the album was recorded in New York, while the band was touring North America with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In contrast to the extended pieces that would later dominate the Soft Machine's repertoire, the album focuses on shorter, more concise songs that nonetheless provide plenty of room for the musicians to demonstrate their varied abilities.


    This landmark vinyl gem has been out of print for decades, but now it is back in this meticulously packaged Sundazed edition. Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on pristine high-definition vinyl, this lovingly restored vintage gem sounds as powerful and imaginative as ever.

    1. Hope for Happiness
    2. Joy of a Toy
    3. Hope for Happiness (reprise)
    4. Why Am I So Short?
    5. So Boot If At All
    6. A Certain Kind
    7. Save Yourself
    8. Priscilla
    9. Lullabye Letter
    10. We Did It Again
    11. Plus Belle qu'une Poubelle
    12. Why Are We Sleeping?
    13. Box 25/4 Lid
    Soft Machine
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  • Gone Banana Gone Banana Quick View

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    Gone Banana

    "Backed by film noir brass and gently reverbed minor chords, Birgy's spectral vocals are at once comforting like a cashmere blanket and discomboblatingly strange. Not unlike catching the scent of someone that pulls you
    back to a dimension you forgot."- Noisey


    "The record takes delightfully unexpected..., mixing together subdued vocals, fuzzy riffs, and deliberate bass lines with a saxophone that often slices
    through melodies with free-spirited and seductive cries." - Wild Magazine


    A thick green mist, a lush chill vibe; after 5 years and countless self-released
    tapes and CDs, Mega Bog - the brainchild of songwriter Erin Birgy - has
    completed their best work to date; a swirling pop cloud called 'Gone Banana'.
    Influenced equally by the emotional psychedelia of Kevin Ayers and the pop
    whimsy of Steely Dan, 'Banana' is a joyous declaration of artistic independence and purpose. The story of a chronic goofball insisting on being taken
    seriously. A celebration of melancholy; using music to force yourself off the
    floor when you hit the bottom. Birgy is an enigmatic musician and a true
    weirdo - Megabog changes lineups and configurations faster than most musicians change clothes.


    Alternately a tender songwriting project, a blazin-hot jazz-rock combo, or an
    open forum for goofy one offs and fragile experimentation, it is ultimately
    whatever Birgy wants it to be on a given day. For 'Banana' she has gathered a
    loose group from Seattle's thriving experimental pop and improvised music
    scene, including members of local mainstays like Neighbors and Iji, along
    with hotshot sax guy Jacob Zimmerman. Sounding equal parts Ariel Pink and
    Prefab Sprout, they rip through 9 hazy burners with a sneaky tightness hidden behind layers of drizzle and reverb. Birgy's rich voice croons and bends
    around the shifting walls of sound, organizing and refocusing the swirl. Representing a unique moment in Birgy's songwriting and a budding maturation
    for a bouncy community of oddball pop addicts, 'Gone Banana' is an immersive listening experience and a peek into the life of a truly strange soul.

    1. Intro (Bird Bridge)
    2. Aurora/99
    3. Goobie Krishna
    4. Cologne in the Night
    5. Wet Moss
    6. Gone Banana
    7. Year of Patience
    8. Chilidog
    9. TP - 89 (edit)
    10. Lady Rachel (by Kevin Ayers)
    Mega Bog
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