June 1, 1974

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June 1, 1974
Live album by Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico
Released 28 June 1974
Recorded 1 June 1974;
Rainbow Theatre, London [1]
Genre Avant-garde, rock and roll
Length 45:54
Label Island
Producer Richard Williams
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau B+ [3]
Spin 6/10 stars [4]

June 1, 1974 is a live album of songs performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London on the titular date. The album is officially attributed to Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico, although other well-known musicians, including Mike Oldfield, Robert Wyatt and Ollie Halsall, also contributed to the concert. It is also informally known as the ACNE album, i.e. "Ayers, Cale, Nico, Eno". The cover photograph was taken by Mick Rock in the foyer of the Rainbow Theatre shortly before the concert began. The bemused stare between John Cale (right) and Kevin Ayers (left) is explained by the fact that Cale had caught Ayers sleeping with his wife the night before the show.[5]

Other songs that were performed but did not make the LP include Kevin Ayers' "I've Got A Hard-On For You Baby" (with Cale on backing vocals), John Cale's "Buffalo Ballet" and "Gun",[6] and Nico's "Janitor of Lunacy" and her rendition of "Deutschland Über Alles".[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Driving Me Backwards"   Brian Eno 6:07
2. "Baby's on Fire"   Eno 3:52
3. "Heartbreak Hotel"   Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley 5:19
4. "The End"   John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison 9:14

All songs written and composed by Kevin Ayers

Side B
No. Title Length
1. "May I?"   5:30
2. "Shouting in a Bucket Blues"   5:07
3. "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes"   3:27
4. "Everybody's Sometime and Some People's All the Time Blues"   4:35
5. "Two Goes into Four"   2:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Kevin Ayers – vocals (B1-5), guitar (B1-5), bass guitar (A1-2)
  • Brian Eno – vocals (A1-2), synthesizer (A1-4, B5)
  • John Cale – vocals (A3), piano (A2), viola (A1, B5)
  • Nico – vocals (A4), harmonium (A4)
  • Mike Oldfield – lead guitar (B4), acoustic guitar (B5)
  • Ollie Halsall – piano (A1), guitar (A2-3, B4), lead guitar (B1-3), acoustic guitar (B5)
  • John "Rabbit" Bundrickorgan (A1-3 & B1-5), organ, piano, electric piano (B1-3)
  • Robert Wyatt – percussion (A1-3 B1-3 + 5)
  • Doreen Chanter – backing vocals (A3)
  • Archie Leggatt – bass guitar (A1-3 B1-3 + 5)
  • Eddie Sparrow – drums (A2&3 B1-3), bass drum (A1), tympani (B5)
  • Liza Strike – backing vocals (A3)
  • Irene Chanter – backing vocals (A3)
  • John Wood – engineer
  • Phil Ault – assistant engineer
  • Ray Doyle – assistant engineer
  • Ian Tilbury – concert presenter [8]
  • Richard Williams [9] – producer

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.