A Music-related blog containing information and commentary of my favorite music, as well as some choice downloads of quality, hard-to-find music (unofficial releases, ROIO's, concert bootlegs, etc.) available on the web.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Soft Machine - 1975-01-10 - Enschede, The Netherlands
Soft Machine 1975-01-10 Vrijhof Cultuurcentrum, Universiteit Twente Enschede, The Netherlands Soundboard recording (unknown lineage), very good quality Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions
Continuing with Soft Machine and the Canterbury Scene in the '70's: With original drummer Robert Wyatt's departure in late 1971 (and the formation of his new band, Matching Mole), followed by the loss of reeds man Elton Dean, Mike Ratledge was the last original member of the band left to carry on. So, in came John Marshall (drums) and Karl Jenkins (reeds, keyboards) for the recording of their sixth album (Six, 1973), and a further progression into jazz fusion. Bassist Hugh Hopper was then replaced by Roy Babbington for Seven (1973) as Jenkins took over the role of leader and primary composer. In 1975, another major change took place with the addition of fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth, marking the debut of guitar as a prominent melody instrument to the band's sound, and the release of Bundles (1975). Although Holdsworth didn't stay long, guitar remained a prominent sound on their subsequent album Softs (1976), with John Etheridge replacing Holdsworth. But this was essentially the end of Soft Machine (for the time being), as original member Ratledge left during the recording of that album. However, the band did continue to tour into 1978. In the '80's, various members put together short-lived variations on the band, and later ('90's, '00's), various combinations and reunions of sorts formed under such band names as Soft Ware, Soft Works, and Soft Machine Legacy. Soft Machine Legacy was the longest-lasting of these (with John Etheridge, Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, and John Marshall) releasing several albums through the mid-2000's, and continuing on even after further member losses (Dean died in 2006, replaced by Theo Travis; Hopper died in 2009, replaced by Roy Babbington), all the way to 2015. In 2015, the remaining band (Etheridge, Travis, Babbington, Marshall) went back to the original name, Soft Machine, and continues right up to the present day. The music featured here today is from the 1975 lineup that featured Alan Holdsworth and Karl Jenkins. Tracklist: CD 1 1. The Floating World 2. Bundles 3. Land Of The Bag Snake 4. Ealing Comedy 5. The Man Who Waved At Trains 6. Peff 7. North Point 8. Hazard Profile Pt. 1 9. Hazard Profile Pt. 2 10. Hazard Profile Pt. 3 11. Hazard Profile Pt. 4 12. Hazard Profile Pt. 5 CD 2 1. Four Gongs Two Drums 2. Improv 1 3. audience 4. Song Of Aeolus 5. Improv 2 Bonus: 6. Dave DiMartino interview with Mike Ratledge & Allan Holdsworth (East Lansing, Michigan, 3 November 1974)
Allan Holdsworth - guitar Mike Ratledge - organ, synth Karl Jenkins - oboe, sax, recorder, piano Roy Babbington - bass John Marshall - drums