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Boomkat Product Review:
Having started out in Wilde Flowers alongside Robert Wyatt and Richard Sinclair, Kevin Ayers went on to form The Soft Machine before striking out alone and recording 'Joy Of A Toy'. A central spoke in the emergence of an English psychedelic movement, Ayers also helped mint the Canterbury scene before burning out on tour with Jimi Hendrix and retreating to Ibiza to write some solo material. His second solo outing, 'Shooting At The Moon' saw Ayers gathering a band called The Whole World with which to help realise his vision, amongst whose number was Mike Oldfield and (occasionally) Syd Barrett. Whimsical without prompting you to gouge out your cochlea, 'Shooting At The Moon' is a shuffling gem of an album - littered with musical tangents, floating preambles and avant adjuncts. Opening with 'May I?', Ayers allows a Hammond to lap around the toes of a very pretty accordion melody that perfectly frames his intoned lyrics concerning cafes in the afternoon eyeing up the ladies. From here, 'Reinhardt And Geraldine / Colores Para Dolores' has shades of both Bowie and The Doors amongst its grand chorus and backwards tape effects, 'Clarence In Wonderland ' is as twee as you like without becoming punchable, whilst 'Red Green And You Blue' is a horn-flecked epic. Further bolstered by extensive liner notes and original artwork, 'Shooting At The Moon' is thirty seven years young. Wax and wane.