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Live album · 2006

Tracklist

1. Facelift (6:59)
2. Virtually (15:34)
3. Out-Bloody-Rageous (8:12)
4. Neo-Caliban Grides (10:13)
5. Teeth (8:03)
6. Slightly All the Time (10:34)
7. Eamonn Andrews (1:36)
8. Esther's Nose Job (11:22)
9. Slightly All the Time / Noisette (6:43)

Total Time: 79:16

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1 Neo-Caliban Grides 5:16
2 Out-Bloody-Rageous 6:57
3 Robert Wyatt's Vocal Improvisation 2:22
4 Eamonn Andrews 1:36
5 All White

Line-up/Musicians

Robert Wyatt (vocals, drums);
Elton Dean (saxello, alto saxophone, electric piano);
Mike Ratledge (electric piano, organ);
Hugh Hopper (bass guitar)

About this release

CD+DVD: Cuneiform Records – Rune 230/231 (US)

The CD was recorded on October 25, 1970 at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The DVD was recorded on March 23, 1971 at Radio Bremen's TV studio, Bremen, Germany

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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I'm always more interested in Soft Machine live albums that capture complete sets rather than snippets, so Grides already had my attention since it offers on CD the two Concertgebouw sets they performed in October of 1970, and includes as a wonderful bonus some rare television footage of the band playing a short set in Radio Bremen's TV studios.

What particularly blows me away about the Concertgebouw material is how it not only has absolutely superb recording standards - the mix is pitch-perfect, unlike other Soft Machine live releases where often one instrument or another will either be entirely lost in the mix or dominate proceedings uncomfortably - but how the set opens my eyes to a new way of looking at both the older material in the set (mainly from Third, but there's also a version of Esther's Nose Job from Volume Two reworked to remove vocals), as well as the new material which would eventually see a release on Fourth.

Quite simply, the CD provides an absolutely red hot fusion performance from the four-piece that recorded Third, in which a new vigour is applied to the Third material (which was quite languid in the studio version), and a big dose of rock energy is injected into the material from Fourth, that album being so skewed to the jazz side of jazz-rock that it's basically just a jazz album. (I tend to view it as an attempt to curry favour with the jazz establishment, but I'll save that for my review of it.) Put on a DVD of rare live footage of the band as a bonus on top of that, and you have a fantastic package which Cuneiform should be proud to bring to the public. I'd say, in fact, that it's the absolute best live Soft Machine album from their archival series. Five stars, no question about it.

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