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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kevin Ayers was a great singles artist and there's nothing better than that

We tend to think of Kevin Ayers as someone who failed to live up to his potential because he never made the kind of career as album artist that contemporaries like Pink Floyd and Genesis did. He never had hit singles either but I still think of him as a singles act because he made a few that distilled his appeal. Whenever and wherever they pop up I'm always in the mood for them. Albums are what get you those obits in the heavy papers. Singles are what keep you alive in people's hearts. Like this one.

 

3 comments:

Mondo said...
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Mondo said...

Kevin Ayers, the soundtrack to so many of our holidays. His plummy rumbles were like like Marianne Faithfull doing Lou Reed (in a musical, not marital sense).

I first picked up on him via the June 1st 1974 album, which sparkling solos from Ollie Halsall

ASH On The Beat said...

Spot on DH.

The best release that I own of his is Odd Ditties which rounded up a lot of A's And B's to that point with other joys.

Mondo - you are right about Ollie, the best thing about seeing Ayers live.