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Soft Machine: Live At The Baked Potato

Read "Live At The Baked Potato" reviewed by Chris May

Live At The Baked Potato was recorded in Los Angeles in 2019 as part of Soft Machine's 50th Anniversary Tour. (Fact check: 2019 was the band's 53rd and this lineup's fourth anniversary). The latest album is a lot of fun even though it bears little resemblance to the music of the revolutionary 1966 -1969 lineups featuring ...


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Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hidden Details celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Soft Machine's 1968 eponymous debut, a seismic event in the British psychedelic, jazz and rock music landscapes that still reverbates as the Canterbury scene/sound. This anniversary studio celebration also brought about Soft Machine's first tour of North America since 1974, with several 2018 shows featuring Gary Husband as guest ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband Rocks Piloo Records & Productions LLC 2019 The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...


Hyde Park Free Concert 1970

Label: Reel Recordings
Released: 2008
Track listing: Clarence In Wonderland; Red Green And Blue You; May I; Hat Song; Did It Again; Why Are We Sleeping?.


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Kevin Ayers And The Whole World: Hyde Park Free Concert 1970

Read "Hyde Park Free Concert 1970" reviewed 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 ...


Middle Earth Masters

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: 01. Clarence in Wonderland; 02. We Know What You Mean; 03. Bossa Nova Express; 04. Hope for Happiness; 05. Disorganisation; 06. We Dit It Again; 07. Why Are We Sleeping?; 08. I Should've Known; 09. That's How Much I Need You Now; 10. I Should've Known; 11. A Certain Kind


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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 ...


The BBC Sessions 1970-1976

Label: Hux Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: CD 1: 01. Clarence in Wonderland; 02. Stop This Train; 03. Why Are We Sleeping; 04. You Say You Like My Hat; 05. Gemini Child; 06. Lady Rachel; 07. Shooting at the Moon; 08. Derby Day; 09. The Interview; 10. We Did It Again/Murder in the Air; 11. Lunatic's Lament; 12. Oyster and the Flying Fish; 13. Butterfly Dance; 14. Whatevershebringswesing; 15. Falling in Love Again; 16. Queen Thing CD 2: 01. Interview; 02. Oh What a Dream; 03. Shooting in a Bucket Blues; 04. Another Whimsical Song; 05. Lady Rachel; 06. Stop This Train; 07. Didn't Feel Lonely Till I Thought of You; 08. Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes; 09. Mr. Cool; 10. Love's Gonna Turn You Round; 11. Star; 12. Ballad of Mr. Snake


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Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976

Read "The BBC Sessions 1970-1976" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fin dagli anni sessanta il chitarrista-cantante Kevin Ayers è stato visto come una sorta di gemello di Syd Barrett, operante nel campo del gruppo rivale, quei Soft Machine che all’inizio della loro avventura erano spesso contrapposti ai Pink Floyd. Questo bel doppio album della Hux raccoglie 28 brani dall’archivio della BBC, registrati fra il 1970 e ...


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