Breda Reactor

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All Music Guide - Fran?ois Couture
In January 1970, Soft Machine worked as a quintet, retaining the services of sax/flute player Lyn Dobson from the previous septet version of the band. Three months later he was gone and the group carried on as a quartet. The quintet recorded only one piece, "Facelift," which appeared on the seminal Third. Breda Reactor presents a near-complete concert performed in Breda, Netherlands, on January 31, 1970. The sound quality is better than on other Soft Machine documents released by Voiceprint, but is still a far cry from the comparatively hi-fi CD Noisette taken from a live performance on January 4, 1970, and released by Cuneiform five years earlier than this one. Tape ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
In January 1970, Soft Machine worked as a quintet, retaining the services of sax/flute player Lyn Dobson from the previous septet version of the band. Three months later he was gone and the group carried on as a quartet. The quintet recorded only one piece, "Facelift," which appeared on the seminal Third. Breda Reactor presents a near-complete concert performed in Breda, Netherlands, on January 31, 1970. The sound quality is better than on other Soft Machine documents released by Voiceprint, but is still a far cry from the comparatively hi-fi CD Noisette taken from a live performance on January 4, 1970, and released by Cuneiform five years earlier than this one. Tape hiss and distortion abound, some parts are very muddy, and the bass and organ rule the sonic spectrum, leaving very little room for Wyatt's drums which tend to disappear in the background and the reeds. That being said, Noisette presents a truncated set on a single CD, while Breda Reactor contains a whole well, almost concert split across two discs. The set list is rigorously the same, except for the tracks omitted on the Cuneiform album. Among these is the 22-minute "Facelift," a classic if Soft Machine ever had one, here given a thunderous reading. Dobson's Roland Kirk-esque flute solo at the end eases some of the audio shortcomings. By all means, acquire Noisette first: beside the sound quality argument, Elton Dean was in much better shape for that earlier show, and the fade-out two minutes into the encore of "We Did It Again" is frustrating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Voiceprint Uk
  • UPC: 604388318520
  • Catalog Number: 345
  • Sales rank: 93,604

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eamonn Andrews (12:53)
  2. 2 Mousetrap (5:35)
  3. 3 Noisette (0:38)
  4. 4 Backwards (4:25)
  5. 5 Mousetrap (Reprise) (0:15)
  6. 6 Hibou, Anemone and Bear (9:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Facelift (21:48)
  2. 2 Moon in June (7:14)
  3. 3 12/8 Theme (5:16)
  4. 4 Drum Link (1:08)
  5. 5 Esther's Nose Job (7:43)
  6. 6 Pigling Bland (3:23)
  7. 7 Cymbalism (1:58)
  8. 8 Out-Bloody-Rageous (2:21)
  9. 9 Esther's Nose Job (Reprise) (1:56)
  10. 10 We Did It Again (2:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soft Machine Primary Artist
Robert Wyatt Drums, Vocals
Elton Dean Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Saxello
Lyn Dobson Flute, Harmonica, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Hugh Hopper Bass, Bass Guitar
Mike Ratledge Organ, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Robert Wyatt Composer
Kevin Ayers Composer
Hugh Hopper Composer
Brian Hopper Liner Notes
Mike Ratledge Composer
Robin Ayling Executive Producer
Dallas Simpson Mastering
Paul Younghusband Graphic Design
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