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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1971
RecordedMarch–August 1971
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London
GenrePsychedelic rock, Canterbury scene, progressive rock, experimental rock
ProducerKevin Ayers, Andrew King
Kevin Ayers chronology
Shooting at the Moon
Singles from Whatevershebringswesing
  1. "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes"
    Released: August 27, 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Whatevershebringswesing is the third solo album by Kevin Ayers, on Harvest Records.


In 1971, Kevin Ayers started recording what would become his most acclaimed album, Whatevershebringswesing accompanied by members of Gong and his previous backing band The Whole World. Praised by NME, Record Mirror and Rolling Stone, the album realized all the musical aspirations Ayers had harboured since the inception of Soft Machine.

As with most Ayers albums, a collision of disparate styles confronts the listener but in this instance they work to extremely powerful effect. The title track with Mike Oldfield's guitar accompaniment and Robert Wyatt’s wracked harmonies would become a template for Ayers subsequent '70s output.[2]

The album opens with "There Is Loving/Among Us" accompanied by David Bedford's dramatic orchestral arrangement. There follow the vignettes "Margaret" and "Oh My" where Ayers juxtaposes terse lyrics against measured backing. "Song from a Bottom of a Well" marries an explosive arrangement, again featuring Oldfield, to Ayers’ cryptic lyric "This is a song from the bottom of a well / There are things down here / I've got to try and tell". The title track is notable for Oldfield's extended bass solo at the beginning, while "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes", a flirtation with Ayers' love of early rock and roll, would become a staple of his live set for years to come, a song he would re-record twice that decade.

Many critics and fans have cited Whatevershebringswesing as their favourite Ayers album and it remains to this day a best seller in his catalogue.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kevin Ayers except "Among Us" by David Bedford and "Champagne Cowboy Blues" by Mike Oldfield [3].

1."There is Loving/Among Us/There is Loving"7:22
3."Oh My"2:59
4."Song from the Bottom of a Well"4:37
6."Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes"3:24
7."Champagne Cowboy Blues"3:56





  1. ^ a b Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Everything You Do Is True, As Long As You Believe It - Whatevershebringswesing sleevenotes by Martin Wakeling (Harvest Sept 2006)
  3. ^ Oldfield, Mike (2007). Changeling: The Autobiography of Mike Oldfield. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-85227-381-1.
  4. ^ "Whatevershebringswesing". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10.


  • Live Review by Richard Williams (Melody Maker, 18 April 1970)
  • Album review (NME, January 1972)
  • Album review by Alain Dister (Rock & Folk, June 1972)
  • Album review (Sounds, 25 January 1972)
  • Album review (Record Mirror, January 1972)
  • Album review (Rolling Stone, June 1972)
  • Everything You Do Is True, As Long As You Believe It - Whatevershebringswesing sleevenotes by Martin Wakeling (Harvest, September 2006)