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LIVE 1970

The Soft Machine

 

Canterbury Scene

2.77 | 17 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
2 stars There has been a lot of excellent live albums releases after Soft Machine was disbanded in the beginning of the 1980s.

This is not one of them.

This live album starts with a painfully bad bootleg quality extracts of Facelift and Moon In June with the Wyatt/Hopper/Dobson/Ratledge setup. My fingers is aching to push the "Stop" button. These 1/4 extracts of these two tracks is painful listening.

Thankfully, the sound picks up a bit with the next setup. It is the classic Wyatt/Hopper/Dean/ Ratledge setup and this should give good quality. The sound quality is still not acceptable compared with Noisette, Grides and Live At Henie Onstad Centre. All those three records are miles better than this one. This setup runs through songs from the Third/Four/Fifth era. Facelift is still given a bit bad treatment here and lacks some of it's vitality. The rest is OK, but nothing more. There are some sporadic glimpses of the greatness of Soft Machine throughout this album. But there are not enough of them to really impress me.

This is not a particular enjoyable Soft Machine live album. The sound is too bad and the dynamics of a great Soft Machine gig is missing here. The inclusion of those two opening tracks is simply not acceptable on an album bearing the name of Soft Machine. Hence my two stars.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |

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