Bananamour

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Bananamour
Bananamour.jpg
Studio album by Kevin Ayers
Released May 1973
Recorded Sep-Oct 1972
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
Length 35:48
Label
Producer
Kevin Ayers chronology
Whatevershebringswesing
(1971)Whatevershebringswesing1971
Bananamour
(1973)
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
(1974)The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories1974
Singles from Bananamour
  1. "Oh! Wot A Dream"
    Released: November 10, 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 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