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3.07 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Love Makes Sweet Music (2:27)
2. Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' (2:50)

Total Time 5:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Kevin Ayers / Bass and Vocals
- Daevid Allen / Guitar
- Robert Wyatt / Drums and Vocals
- Mike Ratledge / Keyboards

Releases information

Released: February 17, 1967
Format: 7 single, 45 rpm
Recorded: January 1967, Advision Studios
Polydor 56 151 (UK)

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THE SOFT MACHINE Love Makes Sweet Music ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(12%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (38%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Warthur
3 stars With an A-side that is reminiscent of the sunny mid-1960s British Invasion pop that has only tastes of the tripped-out psychedelic Canterbury experiences to come, and B-sides that combine that approach with darker verses reminiscent of a prelude to Song From the Bottom of a Well from Kevin Ayers' third solo album, this first single from the Soft Machine - recorded even before the demo sessions which were later released as Jet Propelled Photographs - represents a very embryonic point indeed of the band's development.

Though Daevid Allen was in the lineup at this point, his presence is barely felt, whilst the jazzy influences that would inform their subsequent work are almost entirely absent - unless you count the freakier portions of Feelin' Reelin' Squealin' as free jazz. Interesting stuff, but not something to break the bank tracking down; perhaps the best way to find this is to pick up Polydor's 2009 CD remaster of the first Soft Machine album (which benefits greatly from superior sound quality to previous CD reissues that album to boot).

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