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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.21 | 984 ratings

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4 stars "Third" and best album by Soft Machine, in equality with "Fourth". As usual, we assist to a perfect mixture between psychedelic and progressive jazz rock. The instrumental tune which opens the album features an organ / bass "drone" with storming, blasting brass, modulated electric keyboard zoom. A very psychedelic atmosphere prevails all along this soundscape. The track also contains very progressive sax arrangements. After this experimental, weird jazzy prelude, the second track delivers a more traditional prog jazz mixture with delicious vintage Hammond Organ parts and melodic sax. After a quite tranquil and technical long introduction, the music melts down into a cloudy climate with highlighted moments (flute/ sax duels, later electric organ patterns & solo). "Moon in June" delivers a freaky out progressive work with precious bass/ organ solos, syncopated jazz sections. The only problem are the vocals, there are utterly horrible and flat. Despite this painful element, this album is an original prog / jazz rock experience mainly for its instrumental colourful interludes.
philippe | 4/5 |


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