Kevin Ayers' fifth album, The Confessions of Doctor Dream and Other Stories, is typical of his work. He sings in his distinctive deep voice with his cultured English accent (sounding a lot like John Cale) in songs set in a variety of pop styles, from hard rock to a kind of music hall approach. He is frequently playful and engaging, although his songs don't ultimately add up to much. The album's second side contains an 18-minute suite called "The Confessions of Doctor Dream," featuring a cameo by Nico, which exemplifies Ayers' amiable if unfocused appeal. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide Tracklist 01. Day By Day - 3:50 02. See You Later - 4:40 03. Don't Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You - 3:05 04. Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues - 5:09 05. It Begins With A Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends With A Curse - 3:08 06. Ballbearing Blues - 0:56 The Confessions Of Dr. Dream 07. a. Irreversible Neural Damage - 4:41 08. b. Invitation - 1:12 09. c. The One Chance Dance - 7:40 10. d. Dr. Dream Theme - 5:19 11. Two Goes Into Four - 1:39 12. Another Whimsical Song - 0:24 13. The Lady Rachel - 3:53 14. Stop this Train - 6:14 15. Didn't Feel Lonely 'til I Thought of You - 4:36 * Tracks 12-15 are recorded 7 July 1974 at the BBC's Maida Vale studios 16. The Up Song (non-LP single A side) - 3:18 17. After the Show (non-LP single A side) - 2:37 18. Thank You Very Much (B side of the single 'After the Show') - 3:01
Credits Kevin Ayers - Guitar, Vocals Mark Warner - Guitar Cal Batchelor - Guitar Rupert Hine - Keyboards, Producer Mike Moran - Piano Steve Nye - Organ John Perry - Bass John Gustafson - Bass Michael Giles - Drums Mike Oldfield - Guitar Nico - Vocals on "Irreversible Neural Damage" Geoff Richardson - Viola Mike Ratledge - Organ Ray Cooper - Percussion Lol Coxhill - Alto Saxophone Henry Crallan - Piano Ollie Halsall - Guitar Rosetta Hightower - Vocals Hulloo Choir - Vocals Trevor Jones - Bass Sean Milligan - Vocals Sam Mitchell - Guitar Doris Troy - Vocals Joanne Williams - Vocals The G'Deevy Ensemble - Percussion
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