SOFT MACHINE — Rubber Riff (aka De Wolfe Sessions)

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Boxset / Compilation · 1994

Filed under Fusion
By SOFT MACHINE

Tracklist

1. Crunch (2:40)
2. Pavan (2:43)
3. Jombles (3:01)
4. A Little Floating Music (2:51)
5. Hi-Power (2:58)
6. Little Miss B (2:40)
7. Splot (1:57)
8. Rubber Riff (2:42)
9. Sam's Short Shuffle (2:24)
10. Melina (2:52)
11. City Steps (3:03)
12. Gentle Turn (3:16)
13. Porky (2:49)
14. Travelogy (2:45)

Total Time: 38:45

Line-up/Musicians

- John Etheridge /Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Electric]
- Roy Babbington /Bass
- John Marshall /Drums, Percussion
- Carol Barratt /Keyboards
- Karl Jenkins /Keyboards, Flute, Saxophone

About this release

Voiceprint – VP190CD(UK)

Originally released as library music under the name of Karl Jenkins - "Rubber Riff" by De Wolfe (DWS/LP 3331,UK,1976)

Reissued as "De Wolfe Sessions" (Turning Point Music ‎– TPM-02217, 2002,UK & Italy)

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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snobb
Rubber Riff is mystic Soft Machine's album, recorded in 1976 (more or less at the same time as Six),but never released as band's album till 1994.There were plenty of different rumors circulated in Soft Machine fans circles about this release ,some bootleg tapes were available as well.Reality is quite prosaic - initially this album wasn't recorded as band's release,even if musicians line-up is very similar to Soft Machine's line-up of that time (the last musician from Soft Machine's classic line-up Mike Ratledge left the band already and is mentioned as "guest" on album's cover).

Rubber Riff was first of all demonstration of Karl Jenkins composer abilities, and in 1976 was recorded as "library music" album under the name Karl Jenkins - "Rubber Riff" (on UK label De Wolfe). Many years later,on the peak of Soft Machine's archival re-releases fashion,it was re-released by Blueprint as Soft Machine studio album.

Musically it contains what you should expect from album of such concept - relaxed fusion-based pleasant music,very close to new age. It could be used perfectly as back-up music for weather broadcasts,geographic documentaries,etc, but hardly is interesting as independent musical release.

After commercial release of this album it became obvious where from real last Soft Machine's album " Land Of Cockayne" roots comes - first new age fashion was demonstrated by Karl Jenkins-led Soft Machine incarnation still in year 1976!

Album strictly for collectors.

Members reviews

Warthur
Rubber Riff is above all else two things: firstly, it is a selection of Karl Jenkins compositions performed by Karl and some Soft Machine bandmates in order to be sold on as "library music" - the sort of incidental music intended to be licensed cheaply, usually for use as background music for weather forecasts and cheap adverts and things like that.

Secondly, and more enragingly, it is a nasty little fraud perpetrated by Blueprint, who reissued it in 1994 as a lost Soft Machine album. It is nothing of the sort and was never intended to be anything of the sort; the bland light fusion muzak pieces on here were never intended to be full Soft Machine pieces, they were a side project lashed together quickly in order to make some extra scratch.

As a Karl Jenkins solo album, the music here is anonymous, forgettable, and trite. As a package offered to the CD buying public, it is a scam and an outrage. Do not be fooled. I am no fan of the Karl Jenkins-led incarnation of Soft Machine but even I wouldn't besmirch their reputation by passing this rot off as a Softs album.

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