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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.10 | 349 ratings

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5 stars Edited 10/15/2005!

I was so amazed during listening of this album, because it sounds that much different from all previous albums. And although not being any innovative or experimental what disappointed probably many fans it's still an awesome masterpiece in jazz fusion. In fact the only change in line-up compared to "Seven" was that Allan Holdsworth joined them and I have to say the addition of this fantastic guitar player provided a nice more rocking touch to their sound, which was very much dominated by keyboards on the previous one.

The album starts very calmly building up some tension and already the first and longest part of the 5 parts- piece "Hazard Profile" is very excellent and just awesome, Holdsworth's playing is divine as usually and the interplay with the keyboards is fantastic. The result is just great jazz rock fusion kept under control by Marshall's strong drum work. I really never heard something like this from them on any previous album and somehow one has the impression it's a complete different band playing. Part 2 is very quiet featuring soft piano and acoustic guitar. Part 3 and 4 are more or less introduction for the last one which is again an up-tempo piece with excellent play of guitar, keyboards and drums. The title track is the next highlight as is "Land Of The Bag Snake" and all the rest of the album. I think this album features one of Allan's hardest playing. Really worth giving 5 stars and must-have for any jazz rock fan!!!!!!

hdfisch | 5/5 |


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