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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.20 | 1008 ratings

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4 stars Quite an album to get into. I had a first try at it when I was 17, I was into jazz-rock at the time but I must have been expecting the immediacy of Mahavishnu. So it didn't work out and I put it aside.

But thanks to prog archives one is constantly reminded that even with an album collection of more then 1500 units, one still doesn't know anything about music. (Frustrating site this is :-) So, going by some recent reviews here I dug this one up again and now it works just perfectly. Even at the first listen I was finding myself pleasantly nodding along with it.

In following Miles Davis' earlier experiments, this album must have been groundbreaking in the rock scene. Listening to Out-Bloody-Rageous I can hear Magma and Gong just around the corner. The playing is very tight and focused. The mood is very intense, the music is devoid of needless noodling and has plenty of space to breathe.

Excellent stuff. Candidate for a 5 star if I get to return to it more frequently. In the meantime I'll probably need to check out some of their other albums.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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