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Soft Machine Legacy


Canterbury Scene

3.56 | 24 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Recorded in September of 2005 these former SOFT MACHINE members have created an album that really makes me proud. Sadly this would be the last or one of the last studio albums that Elton Dean would be a part of. Of course Hugh has also passed on but i'm so thankful to have this record that they made late in their lives.So while this lineup did do a couple of live albums together this studio album was the first and last. It's cool to hear some Fender Rhodes here from Elton Dean as it really adds to the sound. In fact it's too bad that Ratledge or Jenkins couldn't have been a part of this. Regardless this is an incredible recording.

"Kite Runner" gets my attention right away with Etheridge's guitar work then the bass, drums then sax joins in.The guitar is back out front 2 minutes in. Nice bass too.The sax returns and leads 4 minutes in. Some intensity before 6 minutes. Great start ! "Ratlift" opens with drums as some sparse keys and guitar come in.This is great.The sax starts to make some noise before 5 minutes. Amazing track. Check it out 6 minutes in as we get a NUCLEUS vibe. It settles a minute later. "Twelve Twelve" opens with atmosphere and intricate guitar as cymbals, bass then sax joins in.The tempo picks up after 3 1/2 minutes. Elton is ripping it up before 5 minutes for over a minute. Nice.Tasteful guitar 6 1/2 minutes in as drums and bass support in a prominant manner.The guitar is getting more passionate.They're grooving after 9 minutes.

"F & I" is a short guitar/piano piece. Beautiful stuff. "Fresh Brew" features bass and sax as the guitar comes in. I'm reminded of Miles Davis here for some reason. Some intensity here until after 4 minutes. "New Day" is jazzy with the sax playing over top. The guitar leads for a while then the sax returns. "Fur Edge" is a cool track with that dissonant sax coming and going. "Theta Meter" opens with drums before the sax and bass join in. Great sound here. "Grape Hound" is heavy to start then the guitar, drums and bass settle in, sax too.The guitar leads when the sax stops. A calm after 3 1/2 minutes with sax. It's building. "Strange Comforts" is laid back. Sax before 1 1/2 minutes. A relaxing mood here to end it as they ride off into the sunset. Goodbye Elton and Hugh.

An incredible work that I think will surprise and impress SOFT MACHINE fans.Thanks Torodd !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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