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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000JAXT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a Deluxe 2CD Expanded edition of Matching Mole's album "LITTLE RED RECORD". Formed in 1971, Matching Mole originally featured former SOFT MACHINE drummer ROBERT WYATT, former CARAVAN keyboard player DAVE SINCLAIR, guitarist PHIL MILLER, bassist BILL McCORMICK with guest keyboard player DAVE MacRAE.

Their wonderful self-titled debut album was recorded between December 1971 and February 1972, following which DAVE SINCLAIR departed, with DAVE MacRAE assuming a full time role within the band. "LITTLE RED RECORD" was Matching Mole's second marvellous album, recorded in August 1972 and was produced by KING CRIMSON leader ROBERT FRIPP.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original master tapes and is expanded to include four previously unreleased studio session alternate takes and Matching Mole's appearance on BBC Radio One "In Concert" in July 1972. The booklet restores all original artwork and includes an essay by Sid Smith. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Paul Waller on 8 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whilst still with Soft Machine (maybe), Robert Wyatt made the controversial "End of an ear" album "solo".
Subsequently "booted out" of Soft Machine, Wyatt formed Matching Mole, the name being a pun based on the French translation of Soft Machine (machine molle).
Robert Wyatt composed the 1st album and the band members complained about their lack of compositional opportunity. Wyatt conceded, he let his cohorts compose the 2nd album with his compositional input being strictly limited to vocals. This band eventually went on to (basically) become Hatfield & the North.
This was the band's 2nd and (i.m.h.o) most coherent album.
Robert Fripp was (wisely) employed as producer for this release and despite intimidating Phil Miller (the band's guitarist) by his very prescense, did a great job. Fripp defined/refined the band's sound whilst subtly leaving his personal mark.

Helped by Brian Eno's donation of a synth for the session and guest appearance on Gloria Glooom, the album is a triumph of early 70's British art/prog rock and jazz fusion, an essential component of the soft machine canon, this album is "ambient" and "jazz rock" in equal parts!
The opening track "starting in the middle of the day we can drink our politics away" is an inspired and genuine example of "minimalism", after this we get into the heart of the album, a wonderfully british prog/fusion/improv/arty melting pot, the musicians work together beautifully, Fripp's utilisation of dub style effects in the mix perfectly compliments this cerebral yet visceral fayre.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. DINSDALE on 3 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Matching Mole lasted barely a year as a group before Robert Wyatt decided he'd had enough of band leadership, but during this time, they managed to make two albums of which this is the second. While the first was very much Wyatt's own baby, this was more of a democratic affair, and it has to be said it sounds a lot more relaxed and at times humourous.

"Like so many of you, I've got my doubts about how much to contribute to the already rich" sings Wyatt over guest star Eno's synth tones on `Gloria Gloom'. The more things change the more they stay the same. The album despite its title is not a series of politically motivated songs, but with the exception of the wonderful `God Song' ("Next time you send your boy down here, give him a wife and a sexy daughter") is a largely instrumental excursion.

With Dave McCrae's Fender Rhodes more to the fore, the sound is a somewhat denser one than the first album, and in various places there is some experimentation with voices and humour (Monty Python was all the rage), but nothing which detracts from the seriousness of the matter at hand, some fine ensemble playing.

This new edition from Esoteric once again includes some very worthwhile bonus material, as well as a previously issued BBC concert (in best ever quality it has to be said) there are some fascinating out-takes including a wonderful `straight' vocal performance of the album's opener `Starting In The Middle Of The Day...' and some extended takes of `Smoke Signal' and `Flora Fidget', and for those already very familiar with the album, the moment "it's the Mole!" came into being ! Marvellous stuff.

Anything by this sadly short lived band is to be treasured and this wonderful reissue only adds to that legacy.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bodhibeat on 14 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I first saw Matchine Mole at the Royal Festival Hall in 1972.
I was invited by Lol Coxhill(I met him busking on the street on Tottenham Court Road) to the premiere of Matching Mole's"Little Red Record".
They were all there that night... Robert Fripp,Brian Eno.All my musical heros were there and I was in musical heaven.
The sound engineer mixed the sound beautifully in the hall that night and Robert gave one hell of an amazing performance that night.
For their second album their playing had developed a lovely open sound.That gave you the feeling of drifting like a cloud.The entire album is very dreamy experience.
I recently purchased the dvd Soft Machine 1970 "Alive In Paris" .
Robert Wyatt was scatt singing through a Korg Stage Echo tape loop machine.This was the beginning of Matching Mole.The live material he was performing with Dean,Dobson,Hopper and Ratledge.What a shame that Soft Machine didn't stay togather to perform the material on the two Matching Mole albums!As with all great musicians the studio recording was only a small part of their enormous talent.
Wonderful stuff I love it!
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