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Kevin Ayers And The Whole World: Hyde Park Free Concert 1970

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Thirty-eight years on, and Hyde Park Free Concert 1970 sounds like the kind of thing that would have present day festival goers running for cover from something other than the weather. In other words, it's a set of songs loosely jammed and punctuated by freakouts; a record of a moment in time when audiences expected something other than predictability.

They got it in abundance on this occasion. “Clarence In Wonderland" is punctuated by Lol Coxhill's always ...

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Soft Machine: Middle Earth Masters

Read "Middle Earth Masters" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dieci degli undici brani che formano questo importante documento recentemente pubblicato da Cuneiform arrivano da due concerti che i Soft Machine tennero al Middle Earth di Londra nel settembre del 1967 e nel maggio dell’anno successivo. Per la cronaca l’undicesimo brano è dell’autunno 1967, ma in questo unico caso non si sa quale fosse la location dove il brano stesso venne registrato. Misteri della memoria, nebbia dalla quale è difficile riemergere portandosi appresso tutti i dettagli e le evidenze. La ...

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Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976

Read "The BBC Sessions 1970-1976" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fin dagli anni sessanta il chitarrista-cantante Kevin Ayers è stato visto come una sorta di gemello di Syd Barrett, operante nel campo del gruppo rivale, quei Soft Machine che all’inizio della loro avventura erano spesso contrapposti ai Pink Floyd. Questo bel doppio album della Hux raccoglie 28 brani dall’archivio della BBC, registrati fra il 1970 e il 1976, capaci di raccontare con dovizia di particolari le scelte artistiche di Ayers, dopo la sua decisione di uscire dal gruppo che aveva ...

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Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976

Read "The BBC Sessions 1970-1976" reviewed by John Kelman

It's always interesting to wonder what might have happened if a specific event in the history of a band hadn't occured. What would Soft Machine--a group ultimately more associated with jazz/rock and fusion--have become had original bassist/vocalist Kevin Ayers not left the band after an exhausting North American tour opening for Jimi Hendrix? Given Ayers' psychedelic and pop leanings, would the group have evolved the way it ultimately did? Or would it have continued on a more song-oriented path which, ...


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