The concert featured material from all the key players, with side one split between Eno, Nico and Cale. A certain incident see below may have helped supply the venom this night. Nico's incredible take on the Doors ' 'The End' is a hypnotic trip.
Ayers is well-represented here with all of side two dedicated to his songs. The audience are enthusiastic, and this is a well-recorded show. So why only four stars? Gritting my teeth, but have to dock it one star for the mind-numbing Nico's The End. Otherwise, a wonderful live album featuring three eccentric greats at the top of their games, supported by a super group of equally eccentric great players Halsall, Leggit, et al.
Had it on vinyl for the longest time and played the heck out of it, both sides though the Nico track could've passed for mint condition. Much as I can appreciate his later achievements, this is the Eno I love most, Cale is at his most wild-eyed here, too, and the Ayers tracks are simply sublime live versions. Was thinking about Kevin Ayers today and so that sent me here to look around and I decided to write this little thumbnail.
Really, if you have an interest in any of these artists including Nico, who's charms escape me, but clearly appeals to a number of folks I respect and don't have this - shame on you. You should have this. Worth it. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Bought this as i had it on lp. Now i know why i didnt keep it. The eno tracks were better done on the live cd. Sorry to a lot of people but to the ayres tracks are rank.
Miss you ,Kevin. Item as described, arrived on time. The whole result should have been a mind-blowing example of one moment of twisted brilliance after another, captured for the ages. And is it? Well, close enough. The week's rehearsal mentioned in the liner notes seems to have gotten everyone more or less on the same wavelength for the chosen songs, but Ayers, who was the headliner, just sounded too laid-back in the end to match the chilling brilliance of his guests, even with old Soft Machine mate Wyatt along for the ride.
The first half of the album is the real winner as a result, not least for the sharp song choices. Eno's two selections are inspired; "Driving Me Backwards" gets even more freaked out than the studio version, turning into a lacerating death crawl thanks to Cale's violin, while "Baby's on Fire" in contrast almost turns friendlier at the end. Both Cale and Nico make strong marks with two of their most notable and notorious cover versions.
The former's "Heartbreak Hotel" keeps much of the spaced-out paranoia familiar from the studio cut, just ominous enough. Audio CD. Wrong Way Up 30th Anniversary Reissue. Brian Eno. Original Album Series. Kevin Ayers. Helen of Troy. John Cale. Chelsea Girl [LP]. Film Music - [2 LP]. Next page. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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Register a free business account. The cover photograph was taken by Mick Rock in the foyer of the Rainbow Theatre shortly before the concert began. The bemused stare between John Cale right and Kevin Ayers is said to be explained by the fact that Cale had caught Ayers sleeping with his wife the night before the show. And also, oh well, Nico singing ' The End. All tracks are written by Kevin Ayers , except as noted.
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