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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

1.67 | 7 ratings

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2 stars Sometimes, I wonder what is the difference between piracy and legality.

If you hijack a super tanker outside Somalia, you are a pirate. If you take three posthumous live albums from Soft Machine and release it as one double album in a cheap and nasty packaging, you are a legal businessman. I call this a rip-off anyway.

The sound is iffy here but not directly bad. But so is the original albums too. I am talking about Live at the Paradiso, which I gave 4.5 stars and is one of my favorite SF live albums and the two other live albums called Facelift and Live 1970. The two latter ones have really bad sound. I also have those two and the reason I have the Kings Of Canterbury double album is a manic hunt for everything Soft Machine phase I went through one year ago. Yes, I know. There is pills I can take against this personality disorder. Anyway, I have been cured and that is basically down to dubious purchases like Kings Of Canterbury.

In other words; purchase the Live at the Paradiso which is an essential Soft Machine posthumous live album and forget about Kings Of Canterbury. It is a rip off. But as a Soft Machine, I cannot force myself to give it one star so it has to be two stars. You can read into it whatever. I also wholehearted agree with the album title too, btw.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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