As the Soft Machine's first bassist and original principal songwriter, Kevin Ayers was an overlooked force behind the group's groundbreaking recordings in 1967 and 1968. Joy Of A Toy is his debut solo album, its whimsical and unique vision is a clear indication of how Soft Machine might have progressed under Ayers' tenure. On the LP he is accompanied by his Soft Machine colleagues Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper.

 

After a Soft Machine tour of the USA with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Ayers had decided to retire from the music business. Hendrix however, presented Ayers with an acoustic Gibson J-200 guitar on the promise that he continue his songwriting. Ayers retired to a small London flat where he composed and arranged 'Joy Of A Toy' which features many of Ayers' most enduring songs from 'The Lady Rachel' to 'Girl on a Swing'. It was on this album that Ayers developed his sonorous vocal delivery, an avant-garde song construction and an affection for bizarre instrumentation that would have a deep influence far into the 1970s and indeed the present day. 

 

SIDE A
1. JOY OF A TOY CONTINUED
2. TOWN FEELING
3. THE CLARIETTA RAG
4. GIRL ON A SWING
5. SONG FOR INSANE TIMES    


SIDE B
1. STOP THIS TRAIN AGAIN DOING IT
2. ELEANOR'S CAKE WHICH ATE HER
3. THE LADY RACHEL
4. OLEH OLEH BANDU BANDONG
5. ALL THIS CRAZY GIFT OF TIME

KEVIN AYERS LP Joy Of A Toy (180 gram audiophile vinyl)

€21.90Precio

Label: Music On Vinyl ‎– MOVLP1257

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram, Gatefold 

Country: Netherlands

Released: 26 Jan 2015

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