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Live album · 2010

Filed under Fusion
By SOFT MACHINE

Tracklist

Part I
CD1 Fanfare 0:48
CD2 All White 3:38
CD3 Link 1/Link 2 5:04
CD4 37½ 6:31
CD5 Link 3 0:47
CD6 Riff 3:51
Part II
CD7 Down The Road 10:41
CD8 Link 3a 1:00
CD9 Stanley Stamp's Gibbon Album 4:47
CD10 Chloe And The Pirates 8:34
CD11 Gesolreut 11:48
CD12 E.P.V. 3:34
CD13 Link 4 3:34
CD14 Stumble 6:56
CD15 One Across 6:10
CD16 Riff II 1:08
Part I
DVD1 Fanfare 0:48
DVD2 All White 3:38
DVD3 Link 1 2:34
DVD4 The Soft Weed Factor 6:19
DVD5 Link 2 2:33
DVD6 37½ 6:31
DVD7 Link 3 0:47
DVD8 Riff 3:51
Part II
DVD9 Stanley Stamp's Gibbon Album 4:47
DVD10 Chloe And The Pirates 8:34
DVD11 Gesolreut 11:48
DVD12 E.P.V. 3:34
DVD13 Link 4 3:34
DVD14 Stumble 6:56
DVD15 One Across 6:10
DVD16 Riff II 1:08
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DVD17 1983
Bass, Loops [Tape] – Hugh Hopper
15:33
DVD18 Encore Improvisation / Stumble Reprise 10:51

Line-up/Musicians

- Roy Babbington /Bass
- John Marshall /Drums
- Mike Ratledge /Electric Piano, Organ
- Gary Boyle /Guitar (tracks: CD7 to DVD16, DVD18)
- Art Themen /Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone (tracks: CD7 to DVD16, DVD18)
- Karl Jenkins /Oboe, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Recorder, Electric Piano, Piano

About this release

Cuneiform Records ‎– Rune 305/306(US)

Recorded at Congresszentrum, Hamburg, Germany on May 17, 1973 by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)

Tracks DVD17 & DVD18 audio only bonus tracks

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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snobb
It often looks Soft Machine's archival materials are well researched and released in many versions,some good some not too much.But time to time surprises still occur - new Cuneiform release is a good example.

Usually (and not without reason) main object of attraction is band's "classic" period, there are many interesting live releases,coming from 1969-1971 released. This live album is unusual: it contains German concert,recorded by very different band's line-up (and it looks as the only existing recordings of this incarnation).

Chronologically this concert happened after band released Six album, only Mike Ratledge stayed on board from classic line-up. Karl Jenkins is more and more influential now, and all other musicians are mostly so-called "transitional line-up": Roy Babbington on bass,John Marshall on drums,guest sax player Art Themen and guitarist(!)Gary Boyle.But main attraction is not this really not very known version of band's line-up, but the music itself. This album contains perfectly played and well recorded (differently from some earlier live recordings)live set of fusion-Soft Machine, one between their best albums ever!

Yes, it is not free-jazz influenced improv-based classic band's music, but these recordings still sound surprisingly fresh and attractive. Mike Ratledge plays one of the most inspired electric piano for years, Karl Jenkins often switches sax to second electric piano, rhythm section are surprisingly groovy and guitarist is very competent.But main miracle is possibly the music itself: being mostly pre-composed with accent on soloing,it still contains huge improvisational moment,mostly between compositions.As a result,all album sounds as very successful (if fragile) balance between well crafted,but too predictable fusion of band's later works and still influential improvisational roots.Compositions come mostly from Six, but Seven will be recorded soon (with its well crafted pre-composed material with accent on soloing and absence of improvs).

In fact, this album is magical illustration how good band has been in some moments even being far not same legendary quartet from 1970.Possibly,one of the best release from post-classic era.



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