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    Posted: November 23 2013 at 08:49
Easily Soft Machine Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iluvmarillion Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 23 2013 at 02:15
Originally posted by Wanorak Wanorak wrote:

Chicago! Sorry, other than the first album with Kevin Ayers I can't get into Soft Machine.

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Hi,
 
Interesting juxtaposition.
 
I think this would end up depending on your inkling and appreciation, and not necessarily the music.
 
There is no doubt about the beginnings of the artistic scene in the middle of psychedelia to help make it sensible and meaningfull instead of a senseless trip! Softs, and then Pink Floyd and many others were about that, and I will always cherish that ability.
 
But ... I was "there", in Madison, WI, a mere couple of hours from Chicago and the band, was very valuable and a great spokes person for what was going on in those days, which was nasty and down right corrupted. "I'm a Man" is more an anthem about the happenings in Chicago and people getting their heads beatup and being shot, and it was a way of saying ... I'm human ... why are the authorities behaving like animals, and treating us like animals?
 
Some think, that this is living in the past, but how can you forget the scar? YES, you can forgive, but "forget" is not a word in the vocabulary, then you learn to swim with and work around a bit, until such a time as you are ok with it. It still "hurts" when you see that hammer on your head in your sleep! And sometimes, you want to vibrate with anger ... and the first 2 albums by "Chicago" are very valuable in the helping learn to cope and cleanse and heal ... and many times, I think that is more important than the pseudo intelectualism of many of the other bands!
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^ It's kinda almost proggy A.O.R in that the flute solo is over a 7/8 rhythm, and the guitar solo at the end is in 5/4 and Cetera's bass playing is quite superb !! Best song on the album, by a long shot.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2013 at 16:01
^ The obfuscatory Pankow reminds me of an undercover officer there beckoning the onlookers to "move on, nothing to see here". 

I think if I saw that "disaster" (to my tastes) of a cover in a record store I'd be moving right along (guessing they were trying to reach a  particular demographic with it, which I just don't happen to fall into).  Haven't actually heard it though; will check out the track you mentioned.
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^ Yep !! Cetera is lovin' Seraphine with Pankow trying to censor it, whilst Loughnane wants to jog. Dunno what Dacus is doing - twirling his hair or something......absolute 'bog' cover - one of the worst. Surprisingly the title-cut is bleedin' awesome in my books.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2013 at 12:34
Early Chicago is good, but I love Soft Machine (especially Third).

By the way, I know that Soft machine have a couple of questionable album covers, but this just takes the cake.




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Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:

Lol.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 18 2013 at 09:23
Chicago made some great albums, but they weren't as great as the best of SM.
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Chicago is very kool but

Soft Machine
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Mystical Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2013 at 22:48
I love the softs.
I am currently digging:

Hawkwind, Rare Bird, Gong, Tangerine Dream, Khan, Iron Butterfly, and all things canterbury and hard-psych. I also love jazz!

Please drop me a message with album suggestions.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2013 at 16:52
I really like the first 3 Chicago lp's......but Soft Machine is a Canterbury band and I looooove Canterbury bands
.....Soft Machine it is.
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Originally posted by Mellotron Storm Mellotron Storm wrote:



Soft Machine is a top 10 band for me so an easy choice. Now Tom Ozric who I think should change his name to Chicago Tom might disagree.Big smile
I just noticed this .....and I can't disagree. C'mon, it's Canterbury we're talking about......
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Chicago! Sorry, other than the first album with Kevin Ayers I can't get into Soft Machine.
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I liked a lot of Chicago songs when I was a kid but pretty much stopped listening after '72...Machine Molle pour moi Wink
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I too love Chicago.  I actually needed to think about this one for 5 seconds.  Soft Machine by 5 grides.
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Lol.

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