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Shooting At The Moon
2003 remaster. Second album for Harvest records originally released in October of 1970. 5 bonus tracks include: 'Gemini Child', 'Puis Je?', 'Butterfly Dance', 'Jolie Madame', and 'Hat'. "The real Canterbury sound, for all its supposed sophistication, is often stodgy and constipated. These are descriptives that could never be applied to Kevin Ayer's second post-Soft Machine LP. The group Ayers assembled for this project was outstanding. Composer David Bedford played keys, avant garde street agitator Lol Coxhill played sax, a virginal Mike Oldfield played strings, there was a drummer named Mick, and Ayer's fucked-up romanticism overlaid the whole thing. Everyone sounds stoned and the results are a beautifully syncretic mess that reminds me of nothing other than recent Sonic Youth. Unlike other like-minded projects of the Progressive era, Shooting At The Moon actually achieves a balance between the extremist proclivities of each of its session's participants. It drew up the blueprint for a merger of free jazz/pop/rock/avant garde womp that should have been used as a roadmap for revolution. Alas, it was not." -- Byron Coley/"100 Records That Set The World On Fire"/The Wire.