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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

3.57 | 333 ratings

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4 stars By the time Fourth was recorded in Autumn 1970 the Hopper, Ratledge, Wyatt & Dean quartet had reached their creative peak first glimpsed on the track 'Facelift' from Third and the interplay here is quite breathtaking. 'Teeth', taken at a furious rate with Ratledge's possessed and stuttering organ solo gives way to Hugh Hopper's brooding 'Kings and Queens' this is a showcase for Elton Dean's more subdued yet intense playing which leads on to Deans own free workout the shuddering 'Fletchers Blemish'.

Hugh Hoppers 'Virtually' Parts 1 - 4 close 'Fourth' with a suite that includes the playing of other free luminaries of the time such as the cornet player Mark Charig,Trombonist Nick Evans and the Coltranish tenor of Alan Skidmore.

Karyobin | 4/5 |


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