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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

3.84 | 54 ratings

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4 stars This live album is basically Bundles played live. Hence my four stars.

I rate Bundles very highly and this live album is therefore essential in my record collection. I have probably been listening to this album too much because I really find it so enjoyable. The Bundles line-up also plays on this live album. This include Allan Holdsworth.

The album starts with the mediative piece The Floating World and the listener is automatic drawn into Soft Machine's world. It is followed by Bundles and Land Of The Bag Snake. Superb stuff. Some avant-garde bass stuff comes in at Ealing Comedy. The Man Who Waved At Trains includes violin from Allan Holdsworth. Fabelous. Karl Jenkins is brilliant at Peff. North Point is just fuzz from Pembridge. Allan Holdsworth is brilliant on his guitar at Hazard Profile Part One. John Marshall gives us a ten minutes long drum solo on J.S.M. and parts of Riff III before the rest of the band joins in halfway through and takes us through Song Of Aeolus, Endgame and Penny Hitch with some brilliant interplays. And so ends this live album.

This live album can be compared to British Tour '75. The difference is the guitarists (John Etheridge vs. Allan Holdsworth). Both albums are superb. Allan Holdsworth is playing his guts out on this album and his fingerprints is all over it. That alone is reason enough to enjoy it. But the rest of the band is excellent too and this live album capture a brief moment of Soft Machine's career. Highly recommended, this brief moment is.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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