Kevin Ayers
Diamond Jack And The Queen Of Pain

Diamond Jack And The Queen Of Pain




An intriguing and rare solo album by the hugely influential and much-loved British singer-songwriter and founder member of Soft Machine.

Originally recorded in 1983 with long-term collaborator Olli Halsall on guitar and backing vocals plus full band and produced by Julian Ruiz in Madrid, Spain, this CD has been newly remastered by Nick Robbins at Soundmastering Ltd.. This album has been unavailable for over 30 years and only previously released on LP.   

Diamond Jack And The Queen Of Pain originally featured ten songs. Alongside seven Ayers originals are ‘Steppin' Out’, a co-write with Olli Halsall, covers of ‘Lay, Lady, Lay’ by Bob Dylan, ‘You Keep Me Hangin' On’ by J.J. Cale, and two standout tracks ‘My Speeding Heart’ and the chillingly beautiful ‘Champagne And Valium’.

This CD reissue includes memories, stories, memorabilia and photos from Kevin’s fans, friends and fellow musicians plus previously unheard demo recordings, all compiled with the full cooperation of Kevin’s daughter, Galen Ayers.

1. Madame Butterfly
2. Lay, Lady, Lay
3. Who's Still Crazy?
4. You Keep Me Hangin' On
5. You Are A Big Girl
6. Steppin' Out
7. My Speeding Heart
8. Howling Man
9. Give A Little Bit
10. Champagne And Valium

Bonus tracks to be announced

Release date: 18 August 2014 • available to pre-order now

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