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The Soft Machine - The Untouchable Collection (1975-78) CD (album) cover


The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

3.23 | 7 ratings

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3 stars This compilation album covers the three studio albums Bundles, Softs and Alive & Well. The latter one is actually a studio album although it was recorded as a live album by the dead broke band who by this time had been ripped off so many times by gigs promoters (in Italy) that they could no longer afford the studio costs. All is described in the Graham Bennett bio on Soft Machine.

All the Hazards pieces is here and most of Softs. The glaring omissions is though the best three Soft Machine songs from this period; Bundles, Floating World and The Tale of Taliesien. Why omitt these songs ? I am speechless......... Besides of those omissions, this compilation album is a good compilation album which sums up the band which now also included the likes of Allan Holdsworth. Soft Machine anno Bundles and Softs was a totally different band than the band who released the masterpiece Third. Not to mention the band that once included Daevid Allen. And thankfully; a different entity than the one who released Rubber Riff.

Song Of Aeolus is the best song here, but the rest of the songs are good too. Besides of the glaring, incomprehensive omissions of the excellent songs mentioned above, this is a good compilation album.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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