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    Posted: January 02 2010 at 23:12

These 4 albums often are forgotten in the Soft Machine catalogue and usually get paired-up, but not in the way I paired them up.

Which pair do you prefer?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2010 at 23:20
I've only heard up to 5, so I'll not vote.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2010 at 23:30
4th and 7.
 
Though I like 6 more than the lot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2010 at 23:44
4th and 7th for me.Not a big fan of 6th and love 7th.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2010 at 11:38
^that's strange. Well for me at least, since I've always found Seven to be in the same vein as the live side of Six.
 
Anyways, I'll go for 4th and 7th too. I don't like much of Fifth, while I like equally Six and Seven, both great albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2010 at 14:43
Originally posted by The Quiet One The Quiet One wrote:

^that's strange. Well for me at least, since I've always found Seven to be in the same vein as the live side of Six.
 
Anyways, I'll go for 4th and 7th too. I don't like much of Fifth, while I like equally Six and Seven, both great albums.
Maybe i shouldn't have said i'm not a big fan of 6 because i do like it ,just not as much as 4,5 and 7.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2010 at 16:04
Went for 5 and 6 because 6 is so good. 4 is better than 5 though, and 7, I've not heard much from it but it sounds cool. This vote isn't really that certain but damn, I like 6 a lot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2010 at 16:06
5 and 6 for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2010 at 05:19
Pairing 5 & 6 is catastrophic for 6 (one of my fave), so I'd have to go for 4 & 7
 
 
 
more likely pairs would've been 4 & 5  and 6 & 7
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2010 at 06:34
4 is better than 5 is better than 6 is better than 7.
 
6 is the last one I actually like, so I have to vote for 5 & 6 (although I prefer the combination of 4 & 5 which I handily have on one CD).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2010 at 11:00
Originally posted by A B Negative A B Negative wrote:

4 is better than 5 is better than 6 is better than 7.
 
6 is the last one I actually like, so I have to vote for 5 & 6 (although I prefer the combination of 4 & 5 which I handily have on one CD).
 
Yeah I know there's a paired-up cd collection of 4 & 5 and 6 & 7, but that wasn't the point of the pollWink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2010 at 13:56
Of all four of these, just like the majority, six is my favorite of those four by far.  I like 4 slightly better than five, and seven also slightly better than five, so it goes 6, 7/ 4, 5, but six is far ahead of the other three, so it tips the scale in that direction.  6/5 for me. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2010 at 17:51
6/5 for me - I've always felt 5th to be rather underrated and while the live half of 6th is basically a continuation of 5th the studio tracks see the Softs moving in yet another new direction. A very tough call though, and an interesting poll.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2010 at 02:19
Originally posted by The Quiet One The Quiet One wrote:

Originally posted by A B Negative A B Negative wrote:

4 is better than 5 is better than 6 is better than 7.
 
6 is the last one I actually like, so I have to vote for 5 & 6 (although I prefer the combination of 4 & 5 which I handily have on one CD).
 
Yeah I know there's a paired-up cd collection of 4 & 5 and 6 & 7, but that wasn't the point of the pollWink
 
It makes it much harder than just asking, "which one of these is your favourite," and much more interesting!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2010 at 03:19
I like what you did for the poll options.Very clever.

4 & 7 I think.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2010 at 06:37
From the parts of these albums that I have luckily got the chance to hear, I'd say fourth and seven. I can't put my finger on it, but the stuff off those albums gave me chills down my spine. But I haven't heard anything yet by Soft Machine that I don't like either. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2010 at 11:15
Originally posted by FusionKing FusionKing wrote:

From the parts of these albums that I have luckily got the chance to hear, I'd say fourth and seven. I can't put my finger on it, but the stuff off those albums gave me chills down my spine. But I haven't heard anything yet by Soft Machine that I don't like either. 
 
Like I told you in another thread, if you're looking for some quality Jazz Rock check Six and Seven, and if you can Floating World Live or British Tour '75 which is the Bundles/Softs period.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2010 at 17:29
Originally posted by The Quiet One The Quiet One wrote:

Originally posted by FusionKing FusionKing wrote:

From the parts of these albums that I have luckily got the chance to hear, I'd say fourth and seven. I can't put my finger on it, but the stuff off those albums gave me chills down my spine. But I haven't heard anything yet by Soft Machine that I don't like either. 
 
Like I told you in another thread, if you're looking for some quality Jazz Rock check Six and Seven, and if you can Floating World Live or British Tour '75 which is the Bundles/Softs period.
Seconded - British Tour 75 sees the Bundles/Softs era material played with a fire and passion that was somewhat lacking in the studio albums, although the 10 minute drum solo doesn't really stand up to repeated listening. If you like Alive & Well in Paris you should definitely these other live albums out.
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