Bananamour

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Bananamour
Bananamour.jpg
Studio album by Kevin Ayers
Released May 1973
Recorded September-October 1972
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
Length 35:48
Label
Producer
Kevin Ayers chronology
Whatevershebringswesing
(1971)
Bananamour
(1973)
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
(1974)
Singles from Bananamour
  1. "Oh! Wot A Dream"
    Released: November 10, 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Bananamour is the fourth studio album by Kevin Ayers and it featured some of his most accessible recordings, including "Shouting in a Bucket Blues" and his whimsical tribute to Syd Barrett, "Oh! Wot A Dream".[1] After Whatevershebringswesing, Ayers assembled a new band anchored by drummer Eddie Sparrow and bassist Archie Legget and employed a more direct lyricism. The centrepiece of the album is 'Decadence', his withering portrait of Nico:[1] "Watch her out there on display / Dancing in her sleepy way / While all her visions start to play / On the icicles of our decay / And all along the desert shore / She wanders further evermore / The only thing that's left to try / She says to live I have to die." The song was later covered by the Australian psychedelic rock band The Church on their 1999 album A Box of Birds.

The album marked the end of Ayers' first Harvest Records series.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kevin Ayers

Side one[edit]

  1. "Don't Let It Get You Down (For Rachel)" – 3:58
  2. "Shouting in a Bucket Blues" – 3:44
  3. "When Your Parents Go to Sleep" – 5:46
  4. "Interview" – 4:44
  5. "Internotional Anthem" – :40

Side two[edit]

  1. "Decadence" – 8:02
  2. "Oh! Wot A Dream" – 2:48
  3. "Hymn" – 4:34
  4. "Beware of the Dog" – 1:20

Track listing (2003 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "Don't Let It Get You Down" – (4:04)
  2. "Shouting in a Bucket Blues" – (3:45)
  3. "When Your Parents Go to Sleep" – (5:47)
  4. "Interview" – (4:43)
  5. "Internotional Anthem" – (0:43)
  6. "Decadence" – (8:05)
  7. "Oh! Wot A Dream" – (2:48)
  8. "Hymn" – (4:35)
  9. "Beware of the Dog" – (1:27)
  10. "Connie On a Rubber Band" – (2:56)
  11. "Decadence" (Early Mix) – (6:57)
  12. "Take Me to Tahiti" – (3:37)
  13. "Caribbean Moon" – (3:02)

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Kevin Ayers – producer
  • Andrew King – producer
  • John Kurlander – engineer
  • Bob Lawrie – cover art
  • Richard Imrie – photography


Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Original LP sleevenotes