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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.04 | 41 ratings

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3 stars Another nice Soft Machine compilation album....

John Peel was a legendary English DJ who invited a lot of bands to do sessions in his BBC studios. These sessions was recorded and most of them has been released on CDs/LPs now. In short; Peel Sessions is a British institution.

Soft Machine did their sessions between 1969 and 1971. This double album includes these sessions. The sound quality is great throughout. The line up is the classic Wyatt/Hopper/ Ratledge/Dean line up sometimes helped by three woodwinds players. The songs are mostly taken from Third.

Why only three stars for some music I really love ? There is a heck of a lot Soft Machines compilations around now with the same great sound, line ups and songs. My task here is to review and advice people what to buy. That's the same task as every reviewer has here, btw so that does not make me anything special. But although I love the music, this compilation is not one of these Soft Machine compilations I could live without. Hence; I am marking this down. I do not approve of live recordings cobbled together and released as compilations either. Hence my three stars, which is probably one less than I would had given if this was one live recording. Three stars it is.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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