by Nic Jones
Thirty-eight years on, and Hyde Park Free Concert 1970 sounds like the kind of thing that would have present day festival goers running for cover from something other than the weather. In other words, it's a set of songs loosely jammed and punctuated by freakouts; a record of a moment in time when audiences expected something other than predictability.
They got it in abundance on this occasion. Clarence In Wonderland" is punctuated by Lol Coxhill's always ...read more
by John Kelman
It's always interesting to wonder what might have happened if a specific event in the history of a band hadn't occured. What would Soft Machine--a group ultimately more associated with jazz/rock and fusion--have become had original bassist/vocalist Kevin Ayers not left the band after an exhausting North American tour opening for Jimi Hendrix? Given Ayers' psychedelic and pop leanings, would the group have evolved the way it ultimately did? Or would it have continued on a more song-oriented path which, ...read more