Kevin Ayers Has Something to “Say”

 

Unreleased collection of
material dating to the ‘70s…

By
Fred Mills

 

 

It’s
always a good day when we open up Outlook and find Kevin Ayers news within. The
man’s been riding high on the critical success of his recent The Unfairground album – see the BLURT
review HERE – and now comes word of a forthcoming title comprising previously
unreleased tapes. What More Can I Say is due Nov. 1 from Reel Recordings. Read the scoop below….

 

 

 

A delectably triumphant
treasure trove of previously unreleased performances, carefully remastered from
Kevin’s private reel-to-reel tapes. Featuring performances from friends such as
bassists Mike Oldfield and Archie Legget, organist David Bedford, and legendary
drummer Robert Wyatt,
What More Can I Say… is a
one-of-a-kind personal collection that welcomes the who, what, where, when and
why inquiries about its rarities.

Internationally celebrated founder of Britain’s most important sixties psychedelic
rock band, The Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers went on to compose and sing a string
of strikingly magnificent songs across a series of classic albums throughout
the seventies. Standing the test of time, reissues of Kevin records have
garnered universal praise and found new fans in the 21st century. Recently,
Kevin’s return to recording was the critically acclaimed Unfairground which
Mojo described as “gorgeous” and “one of the top albums of
2007”

Imagine the surprise when a cache of tapes, abandoned at poetess Lady June’s
London apartment in the mid-seventies, were found in storage with former flat
mate (and master guitarist) Gerry Fitz-Gerald! Reel Recordings was granted the
honor of caring for the reels and assembling a program on behalf of Kevin
Ayers, and accomplished this with a stirring of love for the great man and the
music found from his long forgotten private demos and studio outtakes.

This CD presents Kevin Ayers captured in warm intimacy with acoustic guitar and
voice seldom sounding finer. For fans and newcomers alike, such a musical tonic
is reason to raise a glass and rejoice. Rare Ayers indeed! What more can we
say…?

 

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