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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.01 | 306 ratings

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5 stars Excellent, this album named Bundles issued in 1976 is a total winner in Soft Machine career. Soft Machine incorporated in their line up one of the major guitarists in jazz fusion Allan Holdsworth and the result is quite outstanding, he was the fire beneath that same group, who some years beform reached to an end , musicaly speaking. Now with a new label the great Harvest records, Soft Machine manage to release one of the best jazz fusion albums of the golden era - the '70's. With the group's reinvention , in musical terms bringing some fantastic druming from John Marshall, truly great musicianship by founding member and the constant main man since the beggining Mike Ratledge not to mention the prominent contributions of Holdsworth making from this album a special one in Soft Machin career. Hazard profile the opening piece divided in 5 parts is brilliant, the musicianship is top notch, special on part 1 and 5 being more up tempo, excellent pieces. Side A is greater then side B with exception title track who opens side B is briliant and very tight in musical terms, remind me of later on Holdsworth compositions from era Bruford or solo, but as a whole is quite outstanding release. Not a weak moment here. Canterbury atmosphere combined with jazz fusion and progressive rock briliancy is to be found here. Another thing that worth mentioned is that this is the last studio album featuring Ratledge listed as band member. Only two compositions by him are featured, both less than two minutes long in contrast with the rest of the musicians involved here, for example Karl Jenkins compose all pieces with exception Going sailing - Holdsworth composition and Four Gongs Two Drums John Marshals piece. So my rating is 4.5 rounded to 5 because of the excellent cover art, the result is a worthy album and a masterpiece that needs to be discovered by anyone intrested in jazz fusion and progressive rock in general. It's a rebirth of great band and a legendary album aswell. Warmly recommended, together with Unorthodox behaviour (Brand X), Electric savage (Colossuem II), Romantic warrior (Return to forever), Elegant gypsy (Al DiMeola) or What If (Dixie Dregs), etc one of the peaks of the genre and one of my fav albums eswell.
b_olariu | 5/5 |


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