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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

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5 stars Brilliance. Easily Soft Machine's finest moment and a balance between their jazz and progressive/Canterbury leanings.

1. Facelift- My favorite Soft Machine track and one of my favorite tracks that I've ever heard. This is very experimental but it works extremely well. The opening is pure genius; I love it so much. It really shows you what Ratledge could do with his keyboards and question what music is. After the crazy facelifting intro, the song then travels more in jazz territory. It is amazing, to say the least. The whole band is perfect and the song works so well. The title of this song really does fit... Flawless. 10+/10

2. Slightly All The Time- Great track and amazing playing as usual. This is my least favorite on here if I had to pick, but that doesn't say much. There is a free jazz feel to this one, except with usual Soft Machine qualities to it. 8/10

3. Moon in June- Wyatt's track. This is where you hear the Canterbury influence, and it works! He actually did all of the instruments himself for the first 9 minutes or so until other members decided to join in and help him with it. It's so refreshing to hear Wyatt drumming here because he's one of my favorites and his drumming unfortunately isn't recorded near as much as I'd like. Great mood here, the composition is unique and extremely well-crafted. 9/10

4. Out-Bloody-Rageous- Wow.... I wish I had written those keyboard parts. That is absolutely beautiful. Those parts alone make the track, but the jazz here also is of note. Great playing all around as usual and the interesting production of the album continues. I absolutely love this one. 10/10

A groundbreaking piece of history that your collection shouldn't go without. However, be warned, if you do not like jazz or can't stand experimental keyboards and production, you might not attach to this one right away.

MovingPictures07 | 5/5 |


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