Kevin Ayers

Garden of Love

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For this musical setting of William Blake's poem from SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, keyboardist David Bedford recruited Canterbury art-rocker Kevin Ayers and his Whole World band, of which Bedford was a member. Instead of the playful psychedelia of that group, however, THE GARDEN OF LOVE is a much more high-minded, "serious" piece, whose 22 minutes make up this EP-length disc.

Free jazz (Lol Coxhill's Albert Ayleresque sax squawks and Robert Wyatt's sporadic Elvin Jones-isms), avant-garde "new music," exemplified by Bedford's abstract organ stabs, and the experimental rock of Ayers' and Mike Oldfield's trippy guitars intermingle in a gloriously discordant frenzy throughout the piece; Blake's words, sung by Ayers in his distinctive baritone, appear only towards the end. GARDEN OF LOVE is a challenging, ultimately rewarding piece of art rock history recommended to those of an experimental inclination.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 21:07
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