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All Music Guide - Peter Kurtz
The Soft Machine plunged deeper into jazz and contemporary electronic music on this pivotal release, which incited the Village Voice to call it a milestone achievement when it was released. It's a double album of stunning music, with each side devoted to one composition -- two by Mike Ratledge, and one each by Hopper and Wyatt, with substantial help from a number of backup musicians, including Canterbury mainstays Elton Dean and Jimmy Hastings. The Ratledge songs come closest to fusion jazz, although this is fusion laced with tape loop effects and hypnotic, repetitive keyboard patterns. Hugh Hopper's "Facelift" recalls "21st Century Schizoid Man" by King Crimson, although ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Kurtz
The Soft Machine plunged deeper into jazz and contemporary electronic music on this pivotal release, which incited the Village Voice to call it a milestone achievement when it was released. It's a double album of stunning music, with each side devoted to one composition -- two by Mike Ratledge, and one each by Hopper and Wyatt, with substantial help from a number of backup musicians, including Canterbury mainstays Elton Dean and Jimmy Hastings. The Ratledge songs come closest to fusion jazz, although this is fusion laced with tape loop effects and hypnotic, repetitive keyboard patterns. Hugh Hopper's "Facelift" recalls "21st Century Schizoid Man" by King Crimson, although it's more complex, with several quite dissimilar sections. The pulsing rhythms, chaotic horn and keyboard sounds, and dark drones on "Facelift" predate some of what Hopper did as a solo artist later this song was actually culled from two live performances in 1970. Robert Wyatt draws on musical ideas from early 1967 demos done with producer Giorgio Gomelsky, on his capricious composition "Moon in June." Lyrically, it's a satirical alternative to the pretension displayed by a lot of rock writing of the era, and combined with the Softs' exotic instrumentation, it makes for quite a listen the collection Triple Echo includes a BBC broadcast recording of this song, with different albeit equally fanciful lyrics. Not exactly rock, Third nonetheless pushed the boundaries of rock into areas previously unexplored, and it managed to do so without sounding self-indulgent. A better introduction to the group is either of the first two records, but once introduced, this is the place to go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972393421
  • Catalog Number: 723934
  • Sales rank: 42,243

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Facelift (18:45)
  2. 2 Slightly All the Time (18:12)
  3. 3 Moon in June (19:08)
  4. 4 Out-Bloody-Rageous (19:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soft Machine Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Robert Wyatt Drums, Vocals
Elton Dean Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Saxello
Lyn Dobson Flute, Horn, Soprano Saxophone
Nick Evans Trombone
Jimmy Hastings Flute, Bass Clarinet, Wind
Hugh Hopper Bass, Bass Guitar
Mike Ratledge Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Rab Spall Violin
Technical Credits
Soft Machine Producer
Andy Knight Engineer
Bob Woolford Engineer
John Hays Cover Design
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