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Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories (1974)

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Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories (1974)

Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories (1974)
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Rock / Art Rock / Canterbury Scene

In 1973, or thereabouts, Nico, Mike Oldfield, Mike Ratledge (from the Soft Machine), Michael Giles (ex-King Crimson), Geoff Richardson (from Caravan) and many others lined up to help Kevin Ayers have his final stab at greatness, THE CONFESSIONS OF DR DREAM, which was released in 1974.

Until that time, Ayers' solo albums had been a mixture of cheerful pop ditties, psychedelic experiments, and sultry ballads that particularly suited the artist's deep bass voice. But DR DREAM turned out to be a different kettle of fish.

The A-Side contains as perfect a sequence of songs as you can imagine. 'Day by Day', the funky opener (with superb backing vocals by Doris Troy and other soul singers), is followed by a brief (but philosophical!) acoustic mini-song, which leads straight into the album's rocking tour de force, "Didn't feel lonely till I thought of you", one of Kevin's all-time classics, with fiery lead guitar by Ollie Halsall. Poetic relief is then provided by a dreamy blues song with a terribly long title (typically Ayers!) and a crystalline guitar solo from Mike Oldfield. I'm not an Oldfield nut, but I can guarantee all prog freaks this superb solo alone warrants purchase of the album. The best is yet to come, though, for Ayers (almost) concludes the A-side with a souped-up version of his signature tune, "Why are we sleeping?", the original of which will be found on the Soft Machine's debut album. Utterly bombastic, by turns scary, funny and furious, this track contains a louche night club interlude (with sax provided by Lol Coxhill) and a grandiose church organ-driven climax. To reduce the horror, and send the listener to bed with a smile, Ayers has it all followed up with the brief but unforgettable "Ballbearing blues".

It's on the B-side, however, that the nightmare really begins. Intertwined acoustic guitars, eerie sound effects, Michael Ratledge's fuzz organ and Nico's spooky vocals dominate the first section of a multi-movement suite that can be interpreted as a warning against the self-delusion of young lovers and the dangers involved in taking too many drugs. The middle section of this suite is dominated by some delightfully jazzy electric piano, and the final riff is so dark, long drawn-out and menacing it will haunt you for days. But once again, Kevin refuses to leave the listener with a curse, and he concludes his album with "Two goes into four", one of his loveliest acoustic ballads.

Anyone interested in the so-called Canterbury Scene, or in British psychedelic rock, will find this album invaluable. Everyone else will find it an excellent addition to their collection.

by fuxi, progarchives
Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories (1974):

Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories (1974)

Tracklist:

01. Day By Day 03:52
02. See You Later 00:28
03. Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You 04:10
04. Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues 03:07
05. It Begins With A Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends With A Curse 08:18
06. Ballbearing Blues 00:55
07. The Confessions Of Dr. Dream:
a. Irreversible Neural Damage 04:43
b. Invitation 01:12
c. The One Chance Dance 07:49
d. Dr. Dream Theme 05:11
08. Two Goes Into Four 01:51

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Musicians:

Kevin Ayers - Guitar, Vocals
Mark Warner - Guitar
Cal Batchelor - Guitar
Rupert Hine - Keyboards, Producer
Mike Moran - Piano
Steve Nye - Organ
John Perry - Bass
John Gustafson - Bass
Michael Giles - Drums
Mike Oldfield - Guitar
Nico - Vocals on "Irreversible Neural Damage"
Geoff Richardson - Viola
Mike Ratledge - Organ
Ray Cooper - Percussion
Lol Coxhill - Alto Saxophone
Henry Crallan - Piano
Ollie Halsall - Guitar
Rosetta Hightower - Vocals
Hulloo Choir - Vocals
Trevor Jones - Bass
Sean Milligan - Vocals
Sam Mitchell - Guitar
Doris Troy - Vocals
Joanne Williams - Vocals
The G'Deevy Ensemble - Percussion

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