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THIRD

The Soft Machine

 

Canterbury Scene

4.21 | 698 ratings

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darkprinceofjazz
4 stars If Third was your first introduction to the Canterbury Scene and you have not been exposed to the avant gard, or any of the the late 60's early 70's music of Miles Davis, Likely you will run like hell away from the Canterbury Scene, This is music not typical of that scene, In fact when I think of that scene, I think of Caravan and any of those off shoots, Soft Machine for me are guys who would rather play jazz than rock.Third reminds me a lot of Stockhausen 's music as well, in that it requires discipline to understand and enjoy, Miles Davis and his classic Bitches Brew comes to mind, But only in between the lines. I really can't come of with any explanation for this album, It probably is both overrated and underrated depending on your perspective. I have found this type of music, Dense slabs of white noise, needs the head phone treatment, there is a lot going on, and if your a hardy soul maybe you can get through it, then maybe after the second or third time it will make sense, then again, maybe not.
darkprinceofjazz | 4/5 |

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