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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hulloder
2. Dada Was Here
3. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
4. Have You Ever Bean Green
5. Pataphysical Introduction
6. As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still
7. Hibou Anemone and Bear
8. Fire Engine Passing
9. Pig
10. Orange Skin Ood
11. Door Opens
12. 10:30 Returns to the Bedroom
13. Soon, Soon, Soon (bonus)
14. So Boot If at All (bonus)
15. That's How Much I Need You Now (bonus)
16. Save Yourself (bonus)
17. When I Don't Want You (bonus)
18. You Don't Remember (bonus)

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Wyatt / drums, vocals
- Hugh Hopper / bass (1-13)
- Mike Ratledge / organ piano
- Kevin Ayers / bass, vocals (13-18)
- Daevid Allen / guitar (15-18)

Releases information

40 Minute Live Set Recorded at the Paradiso, Amsterdam in 1969, plus Six Demo Tracks from 1967.

CD Movie Play Gold MPG 74033, Portugal

Tracks 1-12:
recorded live At Paradiso,
March 29, 1969

Tracks 13 & 14:
recorded at Vitus
Studios, Bussum, Holland on
September 22, 1967

Tracks 15-18:
recorded at De Lane Lee
Studios in April 1967 (Jet
Propelled sessions)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is one of the few live SOFT MACHINE albums that I don't enjoy that much. It's the same concert that is covered by another live record called "Live At The Paradiso". I'm not sure why they released two albums from the same concert although this one i'm reviewing is missing one track and includes 6 bonus demo tracks from 1967 that are nothing to write home about. I guess there was a bootleg recording of this concert that was making the rounds so the band decided to release it officially.The issues I have with it include the sound quality which isn't that bad but with all the fuzz organ and fuzz bass it does get annoying when the sound quality isn't so clear. Robert Wyatt is a vocalist I enjoy a lot but on here he's too over zealous with his singing at times and it doesn't go over too well. I do like his drumming though which is very energetic and upfront.

The concert was held in Amsterdam in March of 1969.There are twelve tracks from the concert but it only shows one track because all twelve blend together without a break which is pretty cool.The instrumental work is stunning at times. I would suggest the "Live At The Paridiso" over this one though if you want to check this trio (Wyatt, Ratledge & Hopper) out in this 1969 concert.

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