The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories

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The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
Studio album by Kevin Ayers
Released May 1974
Recorded Feb-Mar 1974; AIR & Ramport Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 41:20
Label Island
Producer Rupert Hine
Kevin Ayers chronology
Bananamour
(1973)
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
(1974)
June 1, 1974
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Head Heritage 5/5 stars[2]
BBC (positive)[3]

The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories is the fifth studio album by Kevin Ayers. Ayers moved to Island Records for this release which employed a vast array of session musicians.[4] The album also marked the arrival of Patto guitarist Ollie Halsall, who would become a constant musical partner for Ayers. The album was critically acclaimed on release with the NME's Nick Kent describing it as "Ayers' most formidable recorded work to date".[5] The album features many of Ayers' most accessible songs and arrangements.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Kevin Ayers

Side 1

  1. "Day By Day"
  2. "See You Later"
  3. "Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You"
  4. "Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues"
  5. "It Begins With A Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends With A Curse"
  6. "Ballbearing Blues"

Side 2

  1. "The Confessions Of Doctor Dream (a) Irreversible Neural Damage (b) Invitation (c) The One Chance Dance (d) Doctor Dream Theme"
  2. "Two Goes Into Four"

2009 reissue

12. Another Whimsical Song (00:24)
13. The Lady Rachel (03:53)
14. Stop this Train (06:14)
15. Didn't Feel Lonely 'til I Thought of You (04:36)
  • Tracks 12-15 are recorded 7 July 1974 at the BBC's Maida Vale studios
16. The Up Song (03:18) (non-LP single A side)
17. After the Show (02:37) (non-LP single A side)
18. Thank You Very Much (03:01) (B side of the single 'After the Show')

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Head Heritage review
  3. ^ Jones, Chris (2009-03-27). "BBC - Music - Review of Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories original liner notes
  5. ^ Album Review by Nick Kent (NME May 18, 1974)
  6. ^ Business As Usual by Steve Peacock (Sounds May 25, 1974)

References[edit]

  • Let's Drink some Wine and Have a Good Time by Kenneth Ansell (ZigZag 46, 1974)
  • Album Review by Nick Kent (NME May 18, 1974)
  • Business As Usual by Steve Peacock (Sounds May 25, 1974)
  • Ayers and Graces by Nick Kent (NME Dec 7, 1974)
  • Original LP sleevenotes