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Soft Machine: Middle Earth Masters

Read "Middle Earth Masters" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dieci degli undici brani che formano questo importante documento recentemente pubblicato da Cuneiform arrivano da due concerti che i Soft Machine tennero al Middle Earth di Londra nel settembre del 1967 e nel maggio dell’anno successivo. Per la cronaca l’undicesimo brano è dell’autunno 1967, ma in questo unico caso non si sa quale fosse la location dove il ...

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Soft Machine: Middle Earth Masters

Read "Middle Earth Masters" reviewed by Clifford Allen

In recent years, followers of the Soft Machine have had a boon of documents that have shown the band's continual refinement as a jazz-rock juggernaut. Most of the live performances that have surfaced have been the “classic early '70s quartet with bassist Hugh Hopper, organist/electric pianist Mike Ratledge, saxophonist Elton Dean and drummer Robert Wyatt.

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Soft Machine: Middle Earth Masters

Read "Middle Earth Masters" reviewed by John Kelman

In following the path of seminal British group Soft Machine, there seems to be little to link its mid-1960s emergence as a psychedelic avant-pop band to its guitar-centric fusion at the end of the 1970s. But every evolutionary step revealed a band evolving from one incarnation to the next in logical increments. Middle Earth Masters, culled ...