Songs For Insane Times: An Anthology 1969-1980 [Box] *

Performers Kevin Ayers

EMI/Harvest | Compact Disc

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Audio Remasterer: Peter Mew.
Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
Photographer: Barry Plummer.
Five years on from the peerless remastering of Kevin Ayers' core (Harvest label) catalog, Songs for Insane Times dips into much the same bag of tricks for a four-CD anthology that truly does reflect upon everything that made his earliest albums such a timeless joy. Traversing a decade's worth of releases from the delightful debut Joy of a Toy on, the three discs that carry Ayers through to 1980's That's What You Get Babe are an almost peerless gathering; key album cuts are joined by the string of 45s that he so typically omitted from the long-players, and if there's a disappointing lack of unreleased cuts here, that's only because the remasters cleaned them up long ago. Two discs take listeners through the very best of Ayers, up to and including 1974's Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories (the accompanying "After the Show" single opens disc three); the third wraps up the lesser but still enjoyable late-'70s output; and while one can bemoan the absence of anything from the so-crucial June 1, 1974 live album, disc four makes up for that with a full 1973 concert, unreleased in any form until now. Indeed, shop around for the best price and Songs for Insane Times is worth buying simply for the live show, which captures Ayers and his then current 747 band carving exquisitely sharp edges through "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes," "Shouting in a Bucket Blues," and "Caribbean Moon" (among others), before devoting no less than 25 minutes to maniacal jams through "We Did It Again" and "Why Are We Sleeping?" Perfection! Returning to the studio sides, a few fan favorites have probably slipped through the netting (no "Everybody's Sometime...Blues," "Falling in Love Again," or the 45-rpm version of "Lady Rachel," to name but three). But "Girl on a Swing," "May I?," "Song from the Bottom of a Well," "Decadence," and the full "Confessions of Doctor Dream" suite are here, and anybody who professes themselves indisposed toward Sweet Deceiver and its late-'70s successors might well revise their opinion by the time "Where Do the Stars End?" wraps up disc three. ~ Dave Thompson

Format: Compact Disc

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Originally Released: 2008

Label Name: EMI/Harvest

UPC: 5099952155703

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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Songs For Insane Times: An Anthology 1969-1980 [Box] *

Performers Kevin Ayers
Guest Artist(s) Syd Barrett
Producer Mark Powell

Format: Compact Disc

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Originally Released: 2008

Label Name: EMI/Harvest

UPC: 5099952155703


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Town Feeling --
2.Song for Insane Times --
3.Girl on a Swing --
4.Lady Rachel, The --
5.Stop This Train (Again Doing It) --
6.Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her) --
7.Religious experience (Singing a Song in the Morning) - (featuring Syd Barrett) --
8.Soon Soon Soon --
9.Rheinhardt & Geraldine/Colores Para Delores --
10.May I? --
11.Clarence in Wonderland --
12.Oyster and the Flying Fish, The --
13.Shooting at the Moon --
14.Butterfly Dance --
15.Gemini Child --
16.Stars --
17.There Is Loving/Among Us/There Is Loving --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes --
2.Song fromt he Bottom of a Well --
3.Oh My --
4.Margaret --
5.Whatevershebringswesing --
6.Decadence --
7.Oh! Wot a Dream --
8.Don't Let It Get You Down --
9.Interview --
10.Caribbean Moon --
11.Up Song, The --
12.Confessions of Doctor Dream: Irreversible Neural Damage, The --
13.It Begins with a Blessing/Once I Awakened/Bit it Ends with a Curse --
14.See You Later --
15.Ballbearing Blues --
0.DISC 3: --
1.After The Show --
2.Thank You Very Much --
3.Observations --
4.Toujours la Voyage --
5.Diminished but Not Finished --
6.Farewell Again (Another Dawn) --
7.Yes I Do --
8.Love's Gonna Turn You Round --
9.Ballad of Mr. Snake --
10.Blue --
11.Ballad of a Salesman Who Sold Himself --
12.A View from the Mountain --
13.Beware of the Dog II --
14.Hat Song --
15.Money, Money, Money --
16.Supersalesman --
17.Where Do The Stars End? --
0.DISC 4: --
1.Banana Introduction - (previously unreleased) --
2.Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes - (previously unreleased) --
3.Interview - (previously unreleased) --
4.Whatershebringswesing - (previously unreleased) --
5.Oh! Wot a Dream - (previously unreleased) --
6.Shouting In A Bucket Blues - (previously unreleased) --
7.Caribbean Moon - (previously unreleased) --
8.Don't Let It Get You Down - (previously unreleased) --
9.We Did It Again - (previously unreleased) --
10.We Are We Sleeping? - (previously unreleased) --
11.After the Show - (previously unreleased) --

Editorial Notes

Audio Remasterer: Peter Mew.
Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
Photographer: Barry Plummer.
Five years on from the peerless remastering of Kevin Ayers' core (Harvest label) catalog, Songs for Insane Times dips into much the same bag of tricks for a four-CD anthology that truly does reflect upon everything that made his earliest albums such a timeless joy. Traversing a decade's worth of releases from the delightful debut Joy of a Toy on, the three discs that carry Ayers through to 1980's That's What You Get Babe are an almost peerless gathering; key album cuts are joined by the string of 45s that he so typically omitted from the long-players, and if there's a disappointing lack of unreleased cuts here, that's only because the remasters cleaned them up long ago. Two discs take listeners through the very best of Ayers, up to and including 1974's Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories (the accompanying "After the Show" single opens disc three); the third wraps up the lesser but still enjoyable late-'70s output; and while one can bemoan the absence of anything from the so-crucial June 1, 1974 live album, disc four makes up for that with a full 1973 concert, unreleased in any form until now. Indeed, shop around for the best price and Songs for Insane Times is worth buying simply for the live show, which captures Ayers and his then current 747 band carving exquisitely sharp edges through "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes," "Shouting in a Bucket Blues," and "Caribbean Moon" (among others), before devoting no less than 25 minutes to maniacal jams through "We Did It Again" and "Why Are We Sleeping?" Perfection! Returning to the studio sides, a few fan favorites have probably slipped through the netting (no "Everybody's Sometime...Blues," "Falling in Love Again," or the 45-rpm version of "Lady Rachel," to name but three). But "Girl on a Swing," "May I?," "Song from the Bottom of a Well," "Decadence," and the full "Confessions of Doctor Dream" suite are here, and anybody who professes themselves indisposed toward Sweet Deceiver and its late-'70s successors might well revise their opinion by the time "Where Do the Stars End?" wraps up disc three. ~ Dave Thompson
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