Tuesday

Soft Machine

Live at the Royal Albert Hall - August 13, 1970
Recorded the same year they released their magnificent Third LP, this live set from the Royal Albert Hall captured the Soft Machine plunging even further into the depths of heavy organ-based psychedelia ... and well past their fusion contemporaries with which they'd been inexplicably linked. Previously issued as Live at the Proms 1970, this 40 minute set includes three of the four tracks from Third, deftly executed and sonically expanded thanks to a barrage of modulation, delay and the warm echo of the gigantic hall; pushing Mike Ratledge's organ into an otherworldly domain and beyond anything the band accomplished in a studio. Massive, mind-blowing sounds.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I LIKE it!
Thanks

Richard said...

Absolutely sublime...

Thanks for a great share. :-)

Richard

Jon said...

Nice share Thnx.

dave said...

I remember watching this set on the BBC's "Sunday Night at The Proms"; "Third" has been on my essential records list ever since. Thanks so very much for this!

Anonymous said...

Not as good as the BBC tracks DCD but still excellent and well worth hearing. Anyway 1969/70 was the best period of the band's career.
mike-floyd

Adam Eleven said...

Soft Machine at their peak + good sound quality = maximum pleasure. THANKS

Anne said...

Many thanks for the Machine - I remember watching them at the Proms on the tele. I remember the classical purists being just a tad miffed at these long haired yobs being allowed to perform at the RAH. Ahh, those were the days.
Do you recall that remark made by the CBS boss (Clive Davis, I think) when they signed up Soft Machine from the defunkt Atco label - 'They're either our worst selling rock band or the best selling jazz group'.
Ian (using wifey's email)