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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.20 | 759 ratings

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5 stars Absolute must-have. Probably the best album of "canterbury scene". What's very sp [ecial here i think is that the music here is not a simple free-jazz, no psychoelia, not a progrock ... but somehow it is it's own genre. "Moon in June" is a very catchy (and beatyful) song in a sense, despite it's lenght and complexity. And "Facelift" is one more fascinating masterpiece here. It is really wild and un-tempered, and very "majestic" and mysterious somehow - it goes far beyond simple jazz improv or "avantgarde". Very sharp and powerfull. Tracks 2 and 4 are slightly more "simple" but fascinating. Beginning of "Out bloody-rageuos" can remind some of Terry Riley's work. "Third" is an outstanding album in SM discography - it differes a lot from first and second album, and from all albums recorded later. Only "Four" follows with quite a simillar style, but still - it's different enough, and good enough to have on a shelf, just next to "Third".
kajetan | 5/5 |


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