|Studio album by Kevin Ayers|
|Recorded||Sep-Oct 1972; Abbey Road Studios, London|
|Kevin Ayers chronology|
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". 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: "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.
All songs written by Kevin Ayers
- "Don't Let It Get You Down (For Rachel)"
- "Shouting in a Bucket Blues"
- "When Your Parents Go to Sleep"
- "Internotional Anthem"
- "Oh! Wot A Dream"
- "Beware of the Dog"
Track listing (2003 CD reissue)
- "Don't Let It Get You Down" (4:04)
- "Shouting In A Bucket Blues" (3:45)
- "When Your Parents Go To Sleep" (5:47)
- "Interview" (4:43)
- "Internotional Anthem" (0:43)
- "Decadence" (8:05)
- "Oh! Wot A Dream" (2:48)
- "Hymn" (4:35)
- "Beware Of The Dog" (1:27)
- "Connie On A Rubber Band" (2:56)
- "Decadence (Early Mix)" (6:57)
- "Take Me To Tahiti" (3:37)
- "Caribbean Moon" (3:02)
- Kevin Ayers / Guitar, Vocals
- Archie Legget / Bass, harmony vocals, lead vocal on track 3
- Eddie Sparrow / Drums
- Steve Hillage / Lead Guitar on track 2
- Mike Ratledge / Organ on track 4
- Robert Wyatt / Harmony Vocal on track 8
- David Bedford / Orchestral Arrangement on track 9
- Howie Casey / Tenor Saxophone
- Dave Caswell / Trumpet
- Tristan Fry / Cymbal
- Lyle Jenkins / Baritone Saxophone
- Ronnie Price / Piano
- Barry St. John /Vocals
- Liza Strike / Vocals
- Doris Troy /Vocals
- Original LP sleevenotes
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