March 19, 2013 – 8:38 am

Kevin Ayers R.I.P. 1944-2013

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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″.

Uploader’s notes:

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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Disc 1
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)

Disc 2
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)
encore 1:
Track 212. Why Are We Sleeping? 9:16.24 (22.3MB)
Track 213. crowd freaks out 2:39.03 (6.4MB)
encore 2:
Track 214. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes/final crowd noise 4:23.24 (10.5MB)

More notes:
[] - 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:,_1995

The Musicians:
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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  2. now we`re getting someplace fine.
    this is first class. real musicianship unlike punk.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 19, 2013

  3. Good stuff.They have some interesting tunes that jump and move all over the place…I can`t wait to hear these guys with Ayers.

    By Couz on Mar 19, 2013

  4. WOW, I love the WoT and when I saw them with Kevin Ayers in San Colombano during that tour I had the chance to talk to them, they’re really nice chaps. Check their two albums, especially if you are into Frank Zappa!

    By Prozio on Mar 19, 2013

  5. Surprise Surprise! Thank you very much for uploading this fine show! Kevin Ayers was a rare but underrated talent. Songs like May I and Lady Rachel are very charming.

    By Tony on Mar 19, 2013

  6. Aw, thanks again. Another Kevin show. This is helping to mourn his passing, as I have been.

    By Scott Brookman on Mar 20, 2013

  7. And credit where it’s due.
    “…download the MP3s (320 kbps).”

    Thanks for the extra BigO!!!

    By sking on Mar 20, 2013

  8. Thanks. I haven’t even listened, yet, but the idea of a Kevin Ayers recording is exciting, especially with the sad news.

    By ckibelf on Mar 29, 2013

  9. hi just found your post by chance, unfortunately it seems I can’t download “may I” and “why are we sleeping” and it’s a shame, for the latter specially. Can you help? Thanks anyway

    By mow on Aug 6, 2013

  10. mow - perhaps reloading the page would help.

    By darth on Aug 6, 2013

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