Personnel: Kevin Ayers (vocals, guitar); Ollie Halsall (guitar); Graham Preskett (violin); Anthony Moore, Billy Livsey (keyboards); Charlie McCracken (bass); Barry De Souza (drums, percussion); Rob Townsend (drums).
Recorded in Workhouse Studio, London, England in 1978. Includes liner notes by Roger Dopson.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The kind of arty hippie/eccentric who could only have become a media figure in mid-'70s Britain, Kevin Ayers' RAINBOW TAKEAWAY finds his period of greatest popularity coming to an end courtesy the UK punk explosion. The album marks the end of Ayers' "classic era" but still bears most of his initial trademarks; his obsession with American music is evident in the songs and arrangements' soul and country flavor.
Ayer's Canterbury progressive rock beginnings are represented in such touches as Billy Livsey's extended synthesizer ostinatos at the end of "A View from the Mountain," while his self-mocking humor is manifest on the purposefully shambolic closer "Hat Song." As ever, Ayers' fluid baritone vocal comes off alternately quirky, in "Ballad of a Salesman Who Sold Himself," and sensual, on the lulling "Blaming it All on Love."