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Topic: Soft Machine vs Chicago (69-79)
Posted By: Icarium
Subject: Soft Machine vs Chicago (69-79)
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 20:28


Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 20:30
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

"The wind is slowly tearing her apart"


Posted By: Icarium
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 20:35
i like both, but sometimes it is fun to not have that option.


Posted By: Eria Tarka
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 20:48
Softs by far


Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 20:52
I like Chicago but this is a sort of silly poll

Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 22:00
As much as I love Chicago, my vote goes for the Softs......(Ratledge whips Lamm.....)

Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 22:06

Soft Machine

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Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 22:35
I too love Chicago.  I actually needed to think about this one for 5 seconds.  Soft Machine by 5 grides.

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Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 23:25
I liked a lot of Chicago songs when I was a kid but pretty much stopped listening after '72...Machine Molle pour moi Wink


Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 11:28
Chicago! Sorry, other than the first album with Kevin Ayers I can't get into Soft Machine.


Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 13:53
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......

Posted By: dr wu23
Date 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.
Big smile

Et In Arcadia Ego

Posted By: The Mystical
Date 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.

Posted By: digdug
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 08:49
Chicago is very kool but

Soft Machine

Prog On!

Posted By: Padraic
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 09:23
Chicago made some great albums, but they weren't as great as the best of SM.


Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 23:11
Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:



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Posted By: Logan
Date 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.

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.

Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: November 19 2013 at 14:40
^ 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.

Posted By: Logan
Date 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.

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.

Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: November 20 2013 at 00:01
^ 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.

Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 20 2013 at 10:45
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!

... none of the hits, none of the time ... you will, eventually, find your own art inside! Try it!

Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: November 20 2013 at 20:09

Posted By: Svetonio
Date Posted: November 22 2013 at 23:07
Soft Machine

Posted By: iluvmarillion
Date 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.


Posted By: HackettFan
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 08:28
Soft Machine

Posted By: Xonty
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 08:49
Easily Soft Machine Big smile

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