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Kevin Ayers


Canterbury Scene

3.67 | 95 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars When you look at the opinions of Kevin's fans it seems like it's a toss up when it comes to the first three albums, they're all rated fairly evenly overall. This is Kevin's third album and my least favourite of the three, although they all seem to be in the same sort of style. Mike Oldfield plays bass and some guitar, this was before he was known. David Bedford is on keyboards and did the orchestral arrangements. Actually when the started to tour in support of this album they brought in an orchestra but found it was not only costly but difficult to get the right "live" sound with all those different acoustic instruments. Robert Wyatt adds some backup vocals on one track as well.

"There Is Loving / Among Us / There Is Loving" features lots of orchestral sounds then it settles into a psychedelic mood. Dissonant sounds 2 1/2 minutes in and then it calms right down a minute later. Back to the orchestral sounds followed again by my favourite part the psychedelic soundscape. "Margaret" is a slow paced ballad with reserved vocals. Nice song. "Oh My" is kind of silly with violin and sax. "Song From The Bottom Of A Well" is my favourite and totally different from the rest. And it does sound like it's coming from the bottom of a well ! Deep vocals a minute in in this dark and experimental track. Check out the guitar to end it.

"Whatervershebringswesing" is laid back with Wyatt singing backup. "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes" is my second favourite with strummed guitar and a good beat. Vocals join in. A fun song. Piano comes in as the vocals become processed. "Champagne Cowboy Blues" is an ode to partying. About 3 minutes in it sounds like a parade going by (haha). "Lullabye" is pastoral with the sound of running water, piano and flute.

So another good album from Kevin, i'd really suggest you check out one of his first three recordings.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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