Kevin Ayers

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Born: in Herne Bay, Kent, England

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Kevin Ayers (16 August 1944 – 18 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene. He recorded a series of albums as a solo artist and over the years worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, Bridget St John, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall, among others. After living for many years in Deià, Majorca, he returned to the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s before moving to the south of France. His last album was The Unfairground, recorded in New York City, Tucson, and London in 2006. The British rock journalist Nick Kent wrote: "Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett were the two most important people in British pop music. Everything that came after came from them."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Joy of a Toy Kevin Ayers 4
1972 Whatevershebringswesing Kevin Ayers 5
1973 Bananamour Kevin Ayers 3
1974 The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories Kevin Ayers 3
1975 Sweet Deceiver Kevin Ayers 3
1976 Yes We Have No Mañanas, so Get Your Mañanas Today Kevin Ayers 4
1978 Rainbow Takeaway Kevin Ayers 3
1980 That's What You Get Babe Kevin Ayers 2
1983 Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain Kevin Ayers 1
1986 As Close As You Think Kevin Ayers 1
1988 Falling Up Kevin Ayers 2
1992 Still Life With Guitar Kevin Ayers 4
1998 Deià...Vu Kevin Ayers 1
2007 The Unfairground Kevin Ayers 1
Just for Old Times Sake Kevin Ayers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Odd Ditties Kevin Ayers 4
1989 The Best of Kevin Ayers Kevin Ayers 3
1990 The Kevin Ayers Collection Kevin Ayers 2
1996 Singing the Bruise Kevin Ayers 1
1996 First Show in the Appearance Business Kevin Ayers 1
2014 Original Album Series (Kevin Ayers) Kevin Ayers 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 June 1, 1974 Kevin AyersJohn CaleEnoNico 3
1998 Too Old to Die Young Kevin Ayers 1
2005 The BBC Sessions 1970–1976 Kevin Ayers 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Butterfly Dance / Puis-je? Kevin Ayers 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 The Harvest Years: 1969-1974 Kevin Ayers 1

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