Beware of The Dog - Kevin Ayers (1973)
Kevin Ayers has died.
A major player in the psychedelic and Canterbury scenes and a co-founder of The Soft Machine, he worked with Messrs. Wyatt, Eno, Cale, Oldfield and Barrett. Aside from his many collaborations, he released a rich series of solo albums.
This track (just under 1:20) from his Bananamour album epitomizes everything that made Ayers’ solo work great: his heavy-lidded and sultry voice, his epic orchestrations, his heavy doses of humor, and his reflections on how indulgence and impairment can lead to spiritual experiences:
I said I feel really happy
Happy as can be
And I’m feeling free
She said you’re not happy
You’re just stoned!
Rest in peace, Kevin. There is loving among us, there is loving.