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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hazard Profile Part 1 (9:18)
2. Gone Sailing (0:56)
3. Bundles (3:14)
4. Land Of The Bagsnake (3:35)
5. The Man Who Waved At Trains (1:50)
6. Peff (3:45)
7. Four Gongs, Two Drums (2:23)
8. Song Of Aeolus (4:31)
9. Kayoo (3:30)
10. Aubade (1:52)
11. Second Bundle (2:33)
12. Camden Tandem (2:05)
13. One Over The Eight (5:23)
14. Number Three (2:25)
15. The Nodder (7:13)
16. Soft Space (8:17)

Total Time: 60:10


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Line-up / Musicians

- Roy Babbington / bass (1-13)
- Allan Holdsworth / guitars (1-6)
- Karl Jenkins / oboe, piano, electric piano, pianette, electric keyboards, synthesizers, string and mini-moog synthesizers, and soprano sax
- John Marshall / drums and percussion
- Mike Ratledge / organ, electric piano, synthesizer (1-6, 8)
- John Etheridge / guitars (8-16)
- Alan Wakeman / soprano and tenor saxophones (8-13)
- Rick Sanders / violin (14-16)
- Steve Cook / bass (14-16)

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5 stars Compilation of Soft Machine during the Karl Jenkins era, 1975-1978. This disc cannot include material from 1981's "Land Of Cockayne" (the final Softs album) or "Rubber Riff" (apocryphal library music recorded in '76 but unissed until '94) as those were on different labels. So, while perhaps not ... (read more)

Report this review (#38304) | Posted by | Sunday, July 03, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Compliation from the latter end of Soft Machines Career. Great tracks from the Bundles album with Alan Holdsworth on guitar. The other tracks are from The Softs album and (I think) Live in Paris. You can tell from those that Soft Machines ideas were running out, Ratledge was gone, Jenkins ha ... (read more)

Report this review (#22147) | Posted by | Monday, March 14, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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