Kevin Ayers R.I.P. 1944-2013
KEVIN AYERS & THE WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY
Solingen 1995 [MWM 00305/6, 2CD]
Live at the Cobra, Solingen, Germany; October 24, 1995. The Complete Night. First time out of the “deafmusic” Archive. Excellent digital soundboard master.
Thanks to lonetaper, and to everyone who had a part in this, for sharing these tracks at Dime.
Mixed, recorded, stored and transferred, dropbox-ed by deafmusic (all thanks go to him…), torrent completely prepared and first uploaded by Frizze & Leo on DIME, March 18, 2013. This is “MWM 00305 + 00306″.
The question ‘why isn’t Kevin Ayers an almighty star?’ is up there with ‘how did the universe begin?
- Record Collector
Kevin Ayers’ talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it.
- John Peel
Kevin Ayers possessed a voice like no other, intrinsically British and full of whimsy and mischief. This latter quality animated much of his life as well as his music… A man often beset by his own insecurities, Kevin passed away on February 18, seemingly in his sleep, at the age of 68 at his home in France, a country with which he had developed a deep association. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, and those who lost themselves in his wondrous music.
- Mojo Magazine
“One further significant and hugely enjoyable release would be ‘Turn The Lights Down’ – 2000 issue of Kevin’s gig with the Wizards of Twiddly in Brentford in 1995. In addition to being a showcase of Ayers ‘greatest hits’, the set is the only recorded evidence of an (almost) unadulterated live set from an artist whose charisma as a continuing live performer is rarely given the credence it merits. Moreover, the twelve month liaison with Liverpool’s Wizards illustrates the respect that a whole generation of younger musicians owe to Kevin Ayers - his music has been a catalyst that bridges time and culture…”
SBD desk: Soundcraft Venue II Theatre 24>8>2 recorded from subgroup > adapter XLRs to XLRs > Tascam DA-30markII with 16 Bit/48 kHz > Maxell 90m/2GB data cartridge master
PLAYBACK: Maxell DAT master > Fostex D-5 studio recorder > high end digital cable > Studio PC pro soundcard with 16 Bit/48 kHz > Creative Wave Studio >
WAV 16bit/48Khz > Ozone5 and more > complete mastering, normalizing > iZotope Ozone5 SRC & MBIT+ Dither > WAV 16bit/44.1 Khz > Exact Audio Copy (WAV files check) > Traders Little Helper 2.7.0 Sector Boundaries aligned, level 6 encoding > FLAC
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Set One: Prélude
Wizards Of Twiddly [all songs by Wizards Of Twiddly]
Track 101. tuning and introduction 2:44.27 (6.6MB)
Track 102. The Great Unwashed 3:29.58 (8.4MB)
Track 103. Kaleidoscope City 2:51.61 (6.9MB)
Track 104. We Are Not Free 3:02.42 (7.3MB)
Track 105. Cardboard Banjo 2:49.42 (6.8MB)
Track 106. Jazz Ian 5:17.40 (12.7MB)
Track 107. Simon’s little announcement 0:44.00 (1.8MB)
Track 108. Large Geographical Features 3:58.03 (9.5MB)
Track 109. Sounds Of Success 3:12.39 (7.7MB)
Track 110. Anti Tank Tank (instrumental) 2:26.49 (5.9MB)
Track 111. Man Made Self 4:03.22 (9.7MB)
Track 112. Adverse Camber (instrumental) % 8:57.14 (21.5MB)
Track 113. I Will Live Forever $ 3:55.37 (9.4MB)
Track 114. Just Above Your Thing 3:44.09 (9.0MB)
Track 115. Hooverman 4:19.37 (10.4MB)
Track 116. Bless This Tank (instrumental)/final crowd noise 3:38.35 (8.7MB)
Set Two: Acte Principal
Kevin Ayers & the Wizards Of Twiddly [all songs by Kevin Ayers]
Track 201. There Goes Johnny § 9:49.60 (23.6MB)
Track 202. See You Later 0:38.45 (1.5MB)
Track 203. Didn’t Feel Lonely ‘Till I Thought Of You 4:37.59 (11.1MB)
Track 204. When Your Parents Go To Sleep 4:54.04 (11.8MB)
Track 205. short interlude 0:21.14 (853k)
Track 206. Everybody’s Sometime And Some People’s All The Time Blues 4:47.28 (11.5MB)
Track 207. Lady Rachel 10:44.22 (25.8MB)
Track 208. Super Salesman 8:59.05 (21.6MB)
Track 209. May I? 5:47.09 (13.9MB)
Track 210. Interview 8:54.29 (21.4MB)
Track 211. crowd noise 1:26.09 (3.4MB)
Track 212. Why Are We Sleeping? 9:16.24 (22.3MB)
Track 213. crowd freaks out 2:39.03 (6.4MB)
Track 214. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes/final crowd noise 4:23.24 (10.5MB)
 - indicates the original writer/composer
% - not definitely sure if the track here is just ONE instrumental, but as the “flow” works for over 8 minutes, i left it this way…as the Canadian poet Neil Percival Young once said: “It’s all ONE song…” If you know the correct other song title(s), share them with us in the comment section and maybe i’ll find the time to change the artwork…
$ - song title is just a guess (but a damn good one… imho… hahaha)
§ - Kevin was very talkative that night, and asked - as usual - after the first song here in Solingen: “…can you come a bit forward - and turn the lights down, too ?” … and THAT very special night the lord did what he was asked for: a total solar eclipse dimmed some parts of the earth:
Carl Bowry - guitar, vocals
Andy Frizell - bass, alto saxophone, trombone, flute, vocals
Andy Delamere - drums, vocals
Simon James - flute, tenor saxophone, keyboards, vocals
Martin Smith - trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, vocals
and Set Two (Disc Two) completely with:
Kevin Ayers - vocals, guitar
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