Kevin Ayers, the hugely influential and much-loved British singer-songwriter, founder member of Soft Machine and free spirit, died on 18th February, 2013. Thirty years previously, Kevin released his controversial album ‘Diamond Jack And The Queen Of Pain’ from which the two stand-out songs, the chillingly beautiful ‘Champagne and Valium’ and the driving electronica of ‘My Speeding Heart’ were released as a single by Charly Records.
Exclusively for Record Store Day 2017, both tracks have been cut directly from the recently discovered original Audiofilm Studios analogue master tape by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios and pressed on “champagne” coloured vinyl and released as a strictly limited edition 7-inch single. The single features a full-colour picture label of Kevin while the picture sleeve adapts the original Charly sleeve with beautiful imagery from the singer’s home in Deià.
‘Diamond Jack And The Queen Of Pain’ will be released across all formats by Charly Records later in 2017. Kevin Ayers’ legacy (and humour) continues to influence future generations and “all the fools after midnight”.
1. Champagne And Valium (03:05)
1. My Speeding Heart (04:19)