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Kevin Ayers – Mr Kyps, Poole, Dorset – October 25th, 2002

Getting a bit dreamy

Getting a bit dreamy, in Poole, Dorset 2002

About a month ago we received a comment from Terry Collins from Jakarta, Indonesia. He said “I have a recording of Kevin playing at Mr. Kyps in Poole, Dorset on 25th October 2002″ – excited? Oh yes! This must be one of the most recent full recordings of a Kevin Ayers gig there is. There is a zip file you can download which contains 16 audio tracks, a Word document which explains how it came about and a front and back cover, if you choose to make your own CD. Here is a portion from the Word document:

” I live in Jakarta but noted this gig was taking place in the town to which a former colleague, co-author and still (2014) very good friend had moved back to. At my suggestion, he went, knowing little about Kevin. With his pocket super-duper Sony Walkman – I really don’t know the technicalities – my friend recorded the evening, and the quality is better than many other ‘bootlegs’ I’ve heard.


  1. Feeling This Way
  2. Too Old To Die Young
  3. Mr. Cool
  4. When Your Parents Go To Sleep
  5. There Goes Johnny
  6. Lady Rachel
  7. I’m A Super Salesman
  8. See You Later – Didn’t Feel Lonely
  9. Some People’s Everytime…Blues
  10. Star
  11. Whatevershebringswesing
  12. Shouting In A Bucket Blues
  13. I Don’t Depend On You
  14. May I
  15. Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
  16. Thank You Very Much

On the carefully worded CD cover there is some great stuff, check this:

…I went to see The Kevin Ayers Band at Mr Kyps in Poole the other night and I was totally impressed by the combination of an audience completely at ease to be delighted and a group of sensitive and professional performers who evoked between them an unusually intoxicating atmosphere. Or hundreds of them. It seemed that we were all congratulating one another for having arrived this far. So many memorable moments, but ‘Star’ was perhaps the song that moved me the most. I’d never heard it before….I do know that I have hardly met anyone who, once introduced to Kevin’s music, does not like it. My experience at Mr Kyps the other night was certainly one of the beneficient highs of my life.
Tishulananda Paul Mc Mullen – And thank you for reading this !

I’ve listened to this quite a few times and it is really great. This is from the 2002 tour that Kevin did with his Belgian band which included Marvin Siau. If you leave your email in any of the ‘get updates’ boxes on this site we will send the download over to you straightaway. Please comment below, it all helps.

23 comments… add one
  • Gerry Smith February 23, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Love to hear this

    • Rick February 24, 2014, 8:09 am

      Gerry – you should have received an email with a link you need to click – did you get it?

  • Luc Vanderputten February 23, 2014, 6:18 pm

    Fantastic ! Great ! Thank you very much…. 🙂 !!

  • john February 24, 2014, 7:20 am

    great sound, great mood – just listened to it yesterday and it sounded great. love the version of may i, the band is fantastic. thank you!

  • Jakartass February 24, 2014, 2:08 pm

    I’ve just posted better quality artwork on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KevinAyers.org).

    • Rick February 24, 2014, 5:47 pm

      Thank you Terry – I’ll add that to the download and let everybody know (when I have had my dinner)

  • Roger September 26, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Hey, I’m glad I found this site – thanks for the download links. The Poole recording is great! I saw Kevin Ayers play in Aldershot in the late 1990s with the Wizards of Twiddly and that was a great evening too

    • Rick September 26, 2014, 4:49 pm

      It’s a pleasure Roger. We burnt the Poole gig onto a CD and we listen to it almost as often as Kevin’s ‘real’ albums. My wife never saw Kevin live so she reckons this is about as close as she is going to get.

  • Jude October 8, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Still hear Kevin Ayers, Making life easy! (Easier for me :>)
    Thank-you, Friends One and all!
    Really enjoy this.

  • Conrad Barr April 24, 2018, 6:10 am

    I was the DJ for Kevin’s Kyps gig – looking forward to hearing the recording from the night – was a privilege – managed to have a brief chat with him in the car park as he was leaving – a bit different from Poole Arts College in ’71 – happy daze! Keep up the good work here, guys – much appreciated…x

  • Tim February 21, 2019, 11:10 pm

    Awesome, I was at this gig, now far away the other side of the world. Happy memories.

  • Derek March 24, 2019, 8:37 am

    I made this recording (Sony minidisc and Core Sound Binaurals)—great to know it’s getting heard. My mate Simon took the photos. (You can find nice quality front and back artwork here: http://www.derekbacon.com/kevin).

    It was a terrific show, really well mixed. I was spectacularly wasted by the end… Sadly, Terry, who turned me onto Kevin Ayers, and who originally wrote in about the recording, died in Jakarta last year.

    • Rick March 24, 2019, 9:07 am

      Thank you for this Derek. That is so sad to hear about Terry, he was fun to communicate with. We love this recording from Mr Kyps.
      All our love R&Sx

  • Ketil May 23, 2019, 10:13 pm

    Would like to hear this – thanks!

    • Rick May 24, 2019, 6:10 am

      Check your email, there will be a link that you need to click to access the downloads.

  • Ben August 16, 2019, 1:44 pm

    A precious recording of a great band – very lucky to see them a couple of times around this time at the Borderline in London – Alain’s guitar playing was stunning

  • Lucas August 27, 2019, 10:04 am

    Love to hear it!

    • Rick August 27, 2019, 10:19 am

      Sure check your email

  • Freddy January 8, 2021, 9:39 pm

    Where can I get to hear this. Ain’t nothing cooler than Kevin and Marvin

    • Rick January 18, 2021, 9:38 pm

      check your email 🙂

  • Steve J November 12, 2023, 3:48 pm

    Thank you much for this show ! Really is great to hear songs like these live.

  • Steve King November 15, 2023, 6:27 pm

    Listening to this right now. Really good, loving it, and deep envy of those fortunate enough to have been there on the night! 🙂

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