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THIRD

The Soft Machine

 

Canterbury Scene

4.20 | 682 ratings

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akajazzman
5 stars Thanks to a 5* review in the Rolling Stone Record Guide I picked this up in 1983, while I was in the middle of a little jazz fusion focus. I liked it, but knew it was heavy stuff, and a little over my head at that time. I put it away for years. Than in the 90s, thanks to indie rock, I was beginning to expand my musical horizons into Sun Ra avant garde type directions, and what would soon to be called Post-Rock and avant rock. I went back and pulled out Third and fell in love with it in a much bigger way than I did back in the early 80s.

Third pushed the boundaries of rock into new areas. It was clearly was very revolutionary and influential in Prog, avant rock, post rock and even jazz. And it's a great listen, from which you simply can't get bored, there's too much going on, and the music keeps shifting and changing. I eventually bought all their albums through Seven and then Bundles. They're all very good, but sometimes I think I bought them just so I wouldn't over play this one!

akajazzman | 5/5 |

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