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  • Audio CD (26 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B003ODL3WE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Product Description

NEW REMASTERED OFFICIAL RELEASE FOR THE FINAL ALBUM BY
SOFT MACHINE FROM 1981.

ESOTERIC RECORDINGS are pleased to announce the remastered
release of SOFT MACHINE s final album, LAND OF COCKAYNE .
By the time the album was recorded SOFT MACHINE comprised
keyboard player and saxophonist KARL JENKINS and drummer
JOHN MARSHALL. The duo were joined by musicians such as
JACK BRUCE, the returning ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, DICK
MORRISSEY and RAY WARLEIGH among others to produce a
different, but polished album.
This official ESOTERIC CD edition has been re-mastered from the
original master tapes and features an essay by Sid Smith.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2010
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Another album, another line up for this essentially the last studio album released by the Soft Machine (though this could also be a Karl Jenkins Solo album). This line up includes Karl Jenkins and John Marshall, Allan Holdsworth replacing John Etheridge, and a host of guests, Jack Bruce (yes that Jack Bruce ex Cream), Ray Warleigh Alan Parker and John Taylor. The first thing you also notice is that this album features and Orchestra, so this is a completely different Soft Machine album from any that had preceded it... The music is more Progressive rock/soundtrack. This album recorded in 1981 though appears to have stood the test of time better than many albums recorded at that time, and further to my mind gives a kind of glossy finish to the whole Soft Machine studio project.
Not a bad way to close that chapter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mcclure on 8 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
When this first came out I went on about it because it wound someone I knew up no end that I had got a Soft machine record that he didn't have but I really thought that Karl jenkins had blanded the band out way too much. I was half hoping that this would be a stepping stone to a proper collective new Soft Machine release but it was not to be. I later grew to really hate this album and got rid of my vinyl copy.

In the new digital age when I am replacing and expanding my LP collection in CD format I decided I had a place for this along with the other later albums. I put it on and found that I actually quite liked it.

Once I got away from the fact that Jack Bruce was on there playing what for him is quite pedestrian bass and that others, such as Dick Morrisey are not really making their presence felt and just wen twithit as a piece of music then I reaaly dug it

Yes this could have been a much more exciting project if the various musicians had had more creative and some writig in-put but it was essentiallya Karl Jenkins project with some rather under used sidemen, but on it's own terms it is great!

There is so much of the more meaty jazz-infused Third - Seven eras stuff available and not just the original albums but also a whole range of live sessions from BBC,Radio Bremen etc that it seems quite un charitable to not find room for this as well.

Check it out it may not be hard edged jazz/rock and is certainly not avant garde but it is still really very good
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Dutkiewicz on 10 Nov. 2003
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I can understand why many people don't rate this album as highly as other later Soft Machine records, but there's still a fair bit in it.
It was really Karl Jenkins' solo project, in the sense that he wrote the music and conducted the orchestral backing. In many ways it seemed to be the beginning of him bridging from his background with Nucleus and Softs into the classical idiom. So the record has a different feel to it: it's more mellow and often slower, kind of like soundtrack material, but there's lots of musical knowledge, wisdom and good ideas.
I love the playing of John Marshall on this record, he really nails the percussive moods and grooves and has a big say in the production. I have a few problems with Jack Bruce's bass lines, which aren't too bad but occasionally seem to lack the pace, fire and even texture that one might expect in Softs' material: no more so than the almost banal disco rhythm underscoring the opening track, Over 'n' above. But, hey, it was 1980 and it was pretty high-exposure stuff back then, and I expect that was Jenkins' idea of fun, or context or zeitgeist or.... maybe it was about lifting the audience out of conformist muzak. And it was an intro, which may have attracted non-Softs people or radio play even and then transformed a few consciousnesses.
Those bumps are pretty soon smoothed out on the delicate synth, bass flute and percussive work on Lotus Groves (#2), perhaps an homage to McLaughlin's Lotus feet, but to my mind the musical performance really lifts with Panoramania(#4), which really stays with you: rich and soaring sounds of sax and orchestra and superb snappy drumming, and a great Fender Rhodes solo by John Taylor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hoss on 19 Jun. 2011
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Very pleased to see this in CD format. The re-mastering is not too bad but it has lost a little bit of its atmosphere. Nevertheless - what a great album and it's nice to hear the slightly restrained (but still "hungry") Allan Holdsworth again after all these years! - my vinyl died some time ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Dinsdale on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This, the final album recorded under the name Soft Machine, has been much maligned as being extraneous to the legacy of a band who forged a unique and truly progressive path through the late sixties and seventies. The truth of the matter is that it really is a Karl Jenkins project in all but name, but it should not be unfairly filed alongside the library music of the posthumously issued `Rubber Riff'.

One look at the players listed here should tell anyone that this not a bland collection of half-baked instrumentals, but quite a feast of surprisingly strong musical sketches. Jenkins leads (as keyboardist and conductor) such talents as the mighty Jack Bruce and Allan Holdsworth and twin sax maestros Ray Warleigh and Dick Morrissey. John Taylor contributes some first class Fender Rhodes, while Softs cohort John Marshall is as reliable and vibrant as ever on drums.

The album is a suite of varied instrumental pieces ranging from appealing, sunny pieces for sax and wordless vocals, melodic ambient excursions, string sections, and strong themes which allow ample time for quality soloing from the giants gathered here. Yes, it is easy on the ear, but it carries a gravitas which relates back to Jenkins' compositions for earlier incarnations of Soft Machine. The extended `Panoramania' and `Hot Biscuit Slim' both recall the joy of a beautifully scored head theme ushering in a collection of solos by musicians who by virtue of their pedigree make every note count. `Black Velvet Mountain' is a wonderful showcase for Allan Holdsworth's ability to get inside a melody, which like his work with the Bruford band of this era, exude the authority of a seasoned player.
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