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1 June 1974
Live album by
Released28 June 1974
Recorded1 June 1974
VenueRainbow Theatre, London, England
GenreArt rock[1]
ProducerRichard Williams
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The End...
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[1]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[3]

June 1, 1974 is a live album of songs performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London on the titular date. The album is officially attributed to Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico, although other well-known musicians, including Mike Oldfield, Robert Wyatt and Ollie Halsall, also contributed to the concert.


The cover photograph was taken by Mick Rock in the foyer of the Rainbow Theatre shortly before the concert began. The bemused stare between John Cale (right) and Kevin Ayers is said to be explained by the fact that Cale had caught Ayers sleeping with his wife the night before the show.[4]

Other songs that were performed but did not make the LP include Ayers' "I've Got a Hard-On for You Baby" (with Cale on backing vocals), Cale's "Buffalo Ballet" and "Gun",[5] and Nico's "Janitor of Lunacy" and her rendition of "Das Lied der Deutschen".[6]

Nico’s performance of "Das Lied der Deutschen" was released as a bonus track on the 2012 reissue of her 1974 album The End....[7]

Critical reception

Robert Christgau wrote of the record in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981):

"The highlights of a concert organized by genial eccentric Kevin Ayers (ex-Soft Machine, but he got out when the getting was good), this offers one side of Ayers's genially eccentric songs and one of Eno singing Eno songs at full volume (note demonic cackle) and John Cale singing an Elvis Presley song at full volume (note lupine howl). And also, oh well, Nico singing 'The End.' But if there's gotta be art-rock, Lord, let it be like this."[1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Kevin Ayers, except as noted.

Side A
1."Driving Me Backwards"Brian Eno6:07
2."Baby's on Fire"Eno3:52
3."Heartbreak Hotel"Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley5:19
4."The End"John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison9:14
Side B
1."May I?"5:30
2."Shouting in a Bucket Blues"5:07
3."Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes"3:27
4."Everybody's Sometime and Some People's All the Time Blues"4:35
5."Two Goes into Four"2:28


  • John Wood – engineer
  • Phil Ault – assistant engineer
  • Ray Doyle – assistant engineer
  • Ian Tilbury – concert presenter
  • Richard Williams – producer


  1. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via
  2. ^ June 1, 1974 at AllMusic
  3. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. p. 129. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  4. ^ Cale, John (2003). What's Welsh for Zen. Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-7475-4622-3.
  5. ^ Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend
  6. ^ Robinson, Lisa. "Eno: organizer of musical events".
  7. ^

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