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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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. This, his solo debut, is so tossed-off and nonchalant that one gets the impression he wanted to take it easy after helping pilot the manic innovations of the Softs. Laissez-faire sloth has always been part of Ayers' persona, and this record's intermittent lazy charm helped establish it. That doesn't get around the fact, however, that this set of early progressive rock does not feature extremely strong material. Ayers' command of an assortment of instruments is impressive, and his deep bass vocals and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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. This, his solo debut, is so tossed-off and nonchalant that one gets the impression he wanted to take it easy after helping pilot the manic innovations of the Softs. Laissez-faire sloth has always been part of Ayers' persona, and this record's intermittent lazy charm helped establish it. That doesn't get around the fact, however, that this set of early progressive rock does not feature extremely strong material. Ayers' command of an assortment of instruments is impressive, and his deep bass vocals and playful, almost goofy song-sketches are affecting, but they don't really stick with the listener. It's no accident that some of the tracks recall early Soft Machine: Robert Wyatt drums on most of the songs, and "Song for Insane Times" is virtually a bona fide Soft Machine performance, featuring actual backing from the group itself. A likable but slight album that is at its best when Ayers is at his folkiest. [A 2003 British reissue added several bonus tracks.]
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
[A] 1969 feast of bent-pop frolic and ravishing balladry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724358277623
  • Catalog Number: 582776
  • Sales rank: 46,704

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Ayers Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Soft Machine Band
Robert Wyatt Drums, Vocals
David Bedford Piano, Keyboards
Paul Buckmaster Cello
Jeff Clyne Bass
Hugh Hopper Bass
Paul Minns Oboe
Mike Ratledge Keyboards
Rob Tait Drums
Sean Murphy Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Ayers Producer
David Bedford Arranger, Creative Assistance
Peter Jenner Producer
Peter Mew Engineer, Remastering
Sean Murphy Engineer
Roger Dopson Liner Notes
Phil Smee CD Package Design
Mark Powell Producer, Liner Notes
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