Two later solo albums from Kevin Ayers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Rainbow Takeaway – a record that's a bit out
of time, given all the changes that were taking place in the UK scene – but which still has Ayers doing all those wonderful things that made his solo career so great! The tunes are fantastic – filled with unusual images, and that sense of removed wit that Kevin always had, and which always made him so far
less indulgent than the rest of the prog generation. And while the cover and some of the production almost hint at an AOR approach, the whole thing instead is hiding with a more unique vision underneath – maybe in the way that Phil Manzanera could do the same on his late 70s albums. Like those records, there's a lot of elements here that are hard to compare to anything else – but in a good way, as that's always been the charm of Ayers. Titles include "Ballad Of A Salesman Who Sold Himself", "Rainbow Takeaway", "View From The Mountain", "Goodnight Goodnight", and "Hat Song". That's What You Get Babe Is a record that definitely proves that talents like Kevin Ayers can't be dimmed at all – no matter what the setting! By 1980, Ayers was far
from the proggy generation in which he fit so well – but the man was still a hell of a songwriter, and had a voice that was just about the only one that could do his lyrics justice – a bit like Leonard Cohen during this stretch in his career. And like Cohen's mid period records, the album doesn't always go out
of its way to provide Kevin with the arrangements and production that might make them shine the most – but that doesn't stop the man himself from bringing the most out
of his words – all with a quality that cares nothing about the punk and disco changes that happened in the past few years, and which just focuses on the songs. Titles include "You Never Outrun Your Heart", "Super Salesmen", "Money Money Money", "I'm So Tired", "Where Do The Stars End", and "That's What You Get".