Shooting At The Moon

Artist: Kevin Ayers And The Whole World
Label: Harvest
Catalog#: SHSP 4005
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1970-10
A1. a) May I?  
A1. b) Rheinhardt & Geraldine 9:40
A1. c) Colores Para Delores  

Vocals - Robert Wyatt

A2. a) Lunatics Lament 12:55
A2. b) Pisser Dans Un Violon  
B1. a) The Oyster And The Flying Fish 12:28

Vocals - Bridget St. John

B1. b) Underwater  
B1. c) Clarence In Wonderland  
B1. d) Red Green And You Blue  
B2. Shooting At The Moon 5:46

Artwork By - Tom Fu
Bass, Guitar, Vocals - Mike Oldfield
Drums, Percussion - Mick Fincher
Engineer - Peter Mew
Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Producer, Composed By - Kevin Ayers
Piano, Accordion, Organ, Guitar, Marimba [Marimbaphone] - David Bedford
Producer - Peter Jenner
Saxophone - Lol Coxhill


On Clarence In Wonderland Lol Coxhill plays Zoblophone and Mick Fincher Bottles & Ashtrays.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
For his second release, Shooting At The Moon, Ayers left his Soft Machine cohorts behind and assembled his first band, the Whole World. Composer/keyboardist David Bedford carried over, but new on deck were busker-extraordinaire/saxophonist Lol Coxhill and a young Mike Oldfield on bass. Various drummers would round out the lineup, including Robert Wyatt and Dave Dufort; but Mick Fincher filled in for this album. And what a weird album it is! "May I?" opens, an archetypical Ayers ballad. Bluesy, sexy and oh-so decadent, it showcases his keen songwriting talent. From there the album bounces from Softs-esque psychedelia to pure Dada nonsense and back, before recovering with the playful "Clarence In Wonderland" and its wonderful chorus. It's a tune he would perform during his brief 1971 stint with Gong. The album closes with "Shooting at the Moon," a song that Soft Machine performed as "Jet-Propelled Photograph" during Ayers tenure with the band. He would record another two albums for Harvest, Whatevershebringswesing and Bananamour. Released in 1972 and 1973 respectively, the former featured the Whole World and Didier Malherbe, while the latter saw bassist Archie Legget and drummer Eddie Sparrow on deck. Both are full of onomatopoeia, Dada, would-be hits, off-kilter arrangements and brilliant songwriting, always attracting critical acclaim but never earning commercial success. Even the should-have-been-a-hit single "Caribbean Moon" b/w "Take Me to Tahiti," released in 1973, somehow failed (be sure to watch the promotional film). Harvest would later release a compilation album from this period of singles and sundry tracks, appropriately titled Odd Ditties, in 1976.
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