Kevin Ayers reissues on the way

Kevin Ayers in New York, February 1977
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A series of Kevin Ayers reissues are set to appear throughout the year on Esoteric Recordings. The schedule will feature box sets and vinyl reissues, including a newly remastered version of Ayers' sole album for Virgin Records, Falling Up.

In a social media post on Saturday, the tenth anniversary of Ayers' passing, the label stated: "It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Kevin’s legacy will be served with a series of releases on Esoteric Recordings, beginning later this year, which will encompass two deluxe boxed sets which cover his acclaimed work recorded between 1969 and 1980, vinyl reissues of his classic albums from this period and a new remastered release of Kevin’s acclaimed album Falling Up, originally issued in 1988.

"We will be working closely with Kevin’s daughter, Galen Ayers (also a talented and gifted musician) to ensure the definitive presentation of Kevin’s work. Further announcements and details will follow closer to release dates."

Ayers was originally a member of the legendary Canterbury band The Widle Flowers and the earliest incarnations of Soft Machine before starting a solo career that continued until his death in 2013. He is widely regarded as helping bring a young Mike Oldfield to prominence. His last studio album, The Unfairground, was released in 2007.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.