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LIVE AT THE NEW MORNING

Soft Machine Legacy

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4.00 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1:
1. Ash
2. Seven for Lee
3. 1212
4. Baker's Treat

Disc 2:
1. Has Riff
2. Kings & Queens
3. Sideburn
4. Two Down
5. Kite Runner
6. Strange Comforts

Line-up / Musicians

- Hugh Hopper / bass
- John Marshall / drums
- Elton Dean / saxello, alto saxophone, Fender Rhodes
- John Etheridge / guitar

Releases information

Inakustik INAK 9706 2CD (2006)

Audio version of the New Morning--The Paris Concert DVD, without interview. Released 22 May 2006.

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4.00
(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
62%
Good, but non-essential (25%)
25%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This double live album has been an absolute pleasure to listen to this past week. SOFT MACHINE LEGACY is made up of former SOFT MACHINE members and the lineup here boasts Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, John Marshall and John Etheridge. Sadly it was less than 2 months after this concert that Elton Dean passed away, and so it's stated in the liner notes that this album is in memory and a tribute to this legendary performer. I was surprised to see that Elton also plays the Fender Rhodes during this concert when he's not wailing on his sax.The concert here was performed at a club in Paris called "New Morning" and this is a club famous for it's Jazz concerts and also a favourite place for Elton and Hugh to play at. So yes this is one special album and one I will treasure.

"Ash" opens with laid back and intricate guitar before the drums and bass come in before 2 minutes as it builds. Sax follows and will lead the way after 5 minutes in this laid back section. Marshall sounds great a minute later. Hopper is more prominant after 6 1/2 minutes. It settles back 8 minutes in as the guitar replaces the sax. It starts to pick back up in intensity after 11 1/2 minutes and the sax is back after 13 minutes. Killer opener. "Seven For Lee" is even better. Some nice chunky bass to start as the drums and sax join in.The sax is leading here as the guitar arrives.This is great ! The sax stops before 5 minutes as the guitar takes the spotlight. Intense 7 minutes in and we get some Fender Rhodes here too. Nice. Etheridge is ripping it up on guitar. A calm after 9 minutes as the sax returns. So good. "1212" opens with bass as the sax joins in in this mellow beginning. It picks up 3 minutes in and Elton starts to light it up after 5 minutes. He stops before 6 1/2 minutes and the guitar takes over with fat bass lines. Etheridge is on fire here.The sax is back after 9 1/2 minutes. "Baker's Treat" ends disc one in a mellow way with sax out front early. It's the guitars turn 3 1/2 minutes in as it stays pastoral. Sax returns to end it.

Disc two starts with "Has Riff" a song that Ratledge helped to compose with the rest of the guys. Intricate guitar to start that continues until around 6 minutes when cymbals and bass come in.The guitar stops as Fender Rhodes joins in.This is really good. The guitar is back making some noise as it builds. Sax 11 1/2 minutes in rips it up. Killer track ! "Kings & Queens" is melancholic as sax comes and goes.It picks up a little as the sax leads. It's the guitars turn after 5 minutes as Elton switches to Fender Rhodes. "Side Burn" is a drum solo that has some guitar late as it blends into "Two Down" a short track with aggressive guitar. It blends into "Kite Runner". Ahhh just like the good old days when SOFT MACHINE would put their heads down and go from one song to the next with taking a breath.This track is slower but heavier as the sax joins in. This is fun. Nice bass 4 minutes in. It settles right down 5 1/2 minutes in and slowly builds. So good.Sax around 9 minutes. "Strange Comforts" ends it in a reserved manner with sax leading then giving way to the guitar before returning to end it.

It was an honour to listen to these older men playing so amazingly and often with fire. Sad that half of this band is no longer with us.That makes this all the more meaningful.

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4 stars What do you say when you listen to a live album with four of the best ever British jazz/fusion musicians ? A big THANK YOU !! Soft Machine Legacy consisted of four Soft Machine legends when they performed and recorded this live album. The material is mostly old Soft Machine songs. Not the ... (read more)

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