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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

3.10 | 2 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is one of the few live SOFT MACHINE albums that I don't enjoy that much. It's the same concert that is covered by another live record called "Live At The Paradiso". I'm not sure why they released two albums from the same concert although this one i'm reviewing is missing one track and includes 6 bonus demo tracks from 1967 that are nothing to write home about. I guess there was a bootleg recording of this concert that was making the rounds so the band decided to release it officially.The issues I have with it include the sound quality which isn't that bad but with all the fuzz organ and fuzz bass it does get annoying when the sound quality isn't so clear. Robert Wyatt is a vocalist I enjoy a lot but on here he's too over zealous with his singing at times and it doesn't go over too well. I do like his drumming though which is very energetic and upfront.

The concert was held in Amsterdam in March of 1969.There are twelve tracks from the concert but it only shows one track because all twelve blend together without a break which is pretty cool.The instrumental work is stunning at times. I would suggest the "Live At The Paridiso" over this one though if you want to check this trio (Wyatt, Ratledge & Hopper) out in this 1969 concert.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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