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The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories

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The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1974
RecordedFebruary-March 1974
StudioAIR Studios, London
Ramport Studios, London
ProducerRupert Hine
Kevin Ayers chronology
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
June 1, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Head Heritage5/5 stars[2]

The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories is the fifth studio album by Kevin Ayers. Ayers moved to Island Records for this release which employed a vast array of session musicians.[4] The album also marked the arrival of Patto guitarist Ollie Halsall, who would become a constant musical partner for Ayers. Other notable musicians are ex-King Crimson drummer Michael Giles, and Steve Nye and Simon Jeffes of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The album was critically acclaimed on release with the NME's Nick Kent describing it as "Ayers' most formidable recorded work to date".[5] The album features many of Ayers' most accessible songs and arrangements.[6]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Kevin Ayers

Side one

  1. "Day By Day" – 3:49
  2. "See You Later / Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You" – 4:39
  3. "Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues" – 3:05
  4. "It Begins With A Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends With A Curse" – 8:16
  5. "Ballbearing Blues" – 0:55

Side two

  1. "The Confessions Of Doctor Dream (a) Irreversible Neural Damage (b) Invitation (c) The One Chance Dance (d) Doctor Dream Theme" – 18:51
  2. "Two Goes Into Four" – 1:38

2009 CD reissue

12. "Another Whimsical Song" – :24
13. "The Lady Rachel" – 03:53
14. "Stop this Train" – 06:14
15. "Didn't Feel Lonely 'til I Thought of You" – 04:36
  • Tracks 12-15 are recorded 7 July 1974 at the BBC's Maida Vale studios
16. "The Up Song" – 03:18 (non-LP single A-side)
17. "After the Show" – 02:37 (non-LP single A-side)
18. "Thank You Very Much" – 03:01 (B side of the single 'After the Show')





  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Head Heritage review
  3. ^ Jones, Chris (2009-03-27). "BBC - Music - Review of Kevin Ayers - The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories original liner notes
  5. ^ Album Review by Nick Kent (NME May 18, 1974)
  6. ^ Business As Usual by Steve Peacock (Sounds May 25, 1974)


  • Let's Drink some Wine and Have a Good Time by Kenneth Ansell (ZigZag 46, 1974)
  • Album Review by Nick Kent (NME May 18, 1974)
  • Business As Usual by Steve Peacock (Sounds May 25, 1974)
  • Ayers and Graces by Nick Kent (NME Dec 7, 1974)
  • Original LP sleevenotes
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