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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

3.23 | 31 ratings

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3 stars The legendary Soft Machine at the Proms 1970 gig on CD. Legendary because they were the first popular music band to ever do a Proms gig.

To a large degree, Soft Machine has nothing to do with popular music. They were a left field band, far removed from any popular music genres. They did their own things. The thirty eight minutes long documentation of what they did at that time contains three of their most loved songs from their most loved lineup (Ratledge/Hopper/Dean/Wyatt). Facelift, Out-Bloody-Rageous and Esther's Nosejob. Live versions of the songs, that is. The avant-garde intros from the studio versions has been removed and the songs are much more straight to the point. I still feel they are missing their dynamics though from other and better live versions + the studio versions. All three songs feels a bit limp, to be frank.

But these 38 minutes comes as a free CD as a part of the revamped 2CD version of Third and is worth the price alone. But there are far better Soft Machine live albums out there.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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