Kevin Ayres was an original member of Soft Machine, but left the group following an American tour with Jimi Hendrix. He went on to record a number of highly regarded albums. With his voice, a rich baritone, and good looks, he could have been a major star, but he preferred a more relaxed lifestyle, moving to France, later to Majorca, the Spanish island, and then to Montolieu, France where he he died in his sleep on 18 February 2013. He would have been 70 today.
I had noted that this gig was taking place in the town to which a former colleague and still very good friend had moved back to. At my suggestion, he went knowing little about Kevin. With his pocket super-duper Sony Walkman – I really don’t know the technicalities – my friend recorded the evening, and the quality is better than many other ‘bootlegs’ I’ve heard.
About that he wrote: “I think that was the first time I used those good mics I’d sent off for. The main thing I remember was they didn’t have the volume too loud. Usually they have it way too loud and all your ears get is noise. But this one was pretty good, although Kev’s baritone is a bit buried perhaps.”
You may notice that the band and Kevin seem to perk up after the break, and friend revealed something he didn’t capture on tape.
“The best bit I didn’t get was the venue owner’s astonishment at the sheer volume of ‘stuff’ Kevin and the band, but largely Kevin, hoovered up during the intermission.”
This comment was left on Mr. Kyps website .
I went to see Kevin Ayers & The Starvin’ Marvins the other night and I was totally impressed by the combination of an audience completely at ease to be delighted and a group of sensitive and professional performers who evoked between them an unusually intoxicating atmosphere. Or hundreds of them. It seemed that we were all congratulating one another for having arrived this far. So many memorable moments, but ‘Star’ was perhaps the song that moved me the most. I’d never heard it before….
I do know that I have hardly met anyone who, once introduced to Kevin’s music, does not like it. My experience at Mr Kyps the other night was certainly one of the beneficient highs of my life.
– Tishulananda Paul McMullen
01 Feeling This Way
02 Too Old To Die Young
03 Mr. Cool
04 When Your Parents Go To Sleep
05 There Goes Johnny
06 Lady Rachel
07 I’m A Super Salesman
08 See You Later – Didn’t Feel Lonely
09 Some People’s Everytime… Blues
12 Shouting In A Bucket Blues
13 I Don’t Depend On You
14 May I?
15 Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
16 Thank You Very Much
Note: I’ve merged the tracks. If you wish to separate them I recommend Slice Audio Splitter