Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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June 1, 1974 [Island, 1974]
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. B+