Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno & Nico, June 1, 1974 (1974)
Oh sure, I loved Brian Eno but I bought this for John Cale and Nico. As an eager Lou Reed/Velvet Underground fan it was about finding anything connected to that band. And I had loved the Cale and Nico solo stuff I heard. The selling point was not Kevin Ayers, I only really knew the name when I bought this – of far more interest to me (then) was the fact that this record also featured Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt (well, again, I only really knew Wyatt as a name then, but was a big Oldfield fan). So this record ended up being a bit of a gateway-drug (Eno’s solo stuff, Soft Machine, more Wyatt, more Ayers, even more Cale and Nico) – side two is all Ayers but before that we get John Cale’s kick-ass rendition of Heartbreak Hotel and Nico’s brilliant version of The End by The Doors and a couple of Eno songs. It’s just a great record, this. I’ve owned it a long time. And it’s always been a favourite.
Sample Track: Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
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