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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.03 | 495 ratings

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3 stars This, the debut album from SOFT MACHINE is an interesting experience for the unprepared listener. Like myself.

This album is full of ideas. Some of them pretty mad. Well, most of them are pretty mad and well into what we can call avant-garde prog. Although Daevid Allen is not listed here, the GONG references is pretty obvious here. This although GONG did not become a force well after the release of this album. The likes of Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper also ensure that this is not a standard pop/ rock album. It is not even a standard psychodelia album. It is an album which cover most bases within the final months of the 1960s music scene. From pop in the opening minutes to avant-garde..... and pretty much everything inbetween. This album is an interesting experience for the unprepared listener (reprise).

The album opens with a pop like song called Hope For Happiness and goes into a pretty good instrumental avant-garde part before the musical experiments takes of big time. Save Yourself is another good pop song which I am sure THE BEATLES would had liked to record...... after cleaning out the avant-garde bits. The rest of the album is good too.

For me; this album is too leftfield avant-garde. But I can understand why some people think this album is even better than sliced bread. I may even join them when given more time. But for now; I listen to this album with interest, but not with admiration. But being a debut album, this is an excellent effort.

3.75 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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