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Matching Mole (Expanded Edition) [Original recording remastered]

Matching Mole Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B006TX26CC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. O Caroline
2. Instant Pussy
3. Signed Curtain
4. Part Of The Dance
5. Instant Kitten
6. Dedicated To Hugh, But You Weren't Listening
7. Beer As In Braindeer
8. Immediate Curtain
9. O Caroline (Single Version)
10. Signed Curtain (Single Edit)
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Signed Curtain - Take 2
2. Memories Membrane
3. Part Of The Dance (Take One)
4. Horse
5. Immediate Kitten
6. Marchides / Instant Pussy / Smoke Signal

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Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a Deluxe 2CD Expanded edition of Matching Mole's self-titled debut album.

Formed in 1971, Matching Mole 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. Recorded between December 1971 and February 1972, "MATCHING MOLE" was a wonderful debut that included tracks such as `O Caroline', `Signed Curtain' and `Part of the Dance'.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and is expanded to include five previously unreleased studio session alternate takes, the single versions of `O Caroline' and `Signed Curtain', along with two BBC Radio One sessions from 1972. The booklet restores all original artwork and includes and essay by Sid Smith.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential re-issue of Robert Wyatt classic 3 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
When Robert Wyatt was unceremoniously dumped from Soft Machine in 1971 he took much of their humanity and humour with him. Matching Mole was the first project following his departure, although he had already recorded the somewhat wayward `End Of An Ear' towards the end of his time as a Soft. Gathering together a pre-Hatfields Phil Miller (Guitar), Bill MacCormick (Bass) and Dave Sinclair (Organ), they hot footed it to the CBS studios, where under trying circumstances they recorded this flawed masterpiece.

It is somewhat eclectic as an album, beginning with 3 lead vocal orientated pieces, the classic Wyatt break up song `O Caroline', the `mouth as instrument' stylings of `Instant Pussy' and the absurdist `Signed Curtain' during which Wyatt effectively questions the whole idea of bothering to write a song in the first place. Wonderful stuff.

The rest of the album is instrumental, and the band really show what they can do on Phil Miller's `Part Of The Dance'. Wyatt's walloping drums really kicking things along with new found enthusiasm, as Miller's sinewy guitar lines weave in and around. The closing four pieces feature further group improvisation over loose structures, interspersed with studies for Mellotron played by Wyatt ("As my Dad used to tell me, if a thing's worth doing, it's worth overdoing").

This edition of the album comes as manna from heaven to those who have lived with and loved it over the years, as not only is the sound quality a significant improvement over previous issues, the wealth of bonus material (some 50 pristine minutes of never before heard studio material) is to be treasured.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mole review 28 April 2012
By Eduardo
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Excellent remastered and expanded edition of Matching Moles first album exhibiting the creative and improvisational skills of what was unfortunatley a very short lived band.Still there is plenty to enjoy,the elegant and melodic "Caroline" , the sublime lyrics to "Signed Curtain".
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig down for a gem! 24 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Having searched for years for a copy, at last I now own one. All tracks are priceless gems in themselves, but I would happily pay double the price just to hear the wonderful 'Oh! Caroline'. Bob's not got the best of voices, but that just adds to the frail beauty of this tale of a doomed love affair (I know exactly how he felt when recording this). Long may this CD keep going; record companies are missing a trick by not currently listing it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous singularity 12 Dec 2012
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Tried to get this album way back on cd , but it surfaced recently on iTunes & as I sampled the short snatches of each track I,ve not heard for decades I just tingled up n down the spine like nothing else! From my teens in the 70's , strangely a period that remains clear & sharp in memory as yesterday - Strawbs , Peter Gabriel,s Genisis , Dr feelgood & Public image Ltd ... nights listening to the mighty John Peel on head phones or the "Whistle test" - where a great body of my music collection was heard & remains ...this album hangs in my time-line a gorgeous "singularity" ! "little red record " never drew me as this . it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars It captured my ears 40yrs. years ago. 13 Jun 2013
By pt bill - Published on
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First off Robert Wyatts one of a kind voice is unique, i always followed Caravan and the Canterbury sound. Into Bill MacCormick when he was with Phil Manzanera 801 Live, Roxy Music,Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen,Solf Machine and it goes on and on the amount of collaberations and bands that came out of it all. Totally blowes your mind when you look at it like if you where to lay down and make a family tree out of all of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise, Praise, Praise! 17 Jan 2013
By applewood - Published on
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You could say Matching Mole was "Soft Machine 2.0", but it was a somewhat underrated effort in it's day - not helped much by being so short-lived (ending perhaps prematurely with Robert Wyatt's tragic June '73 back-breaking accident), and the fact they all went on to do many more good recordings either solo or with other bands. This double disc reissue does much to fix that neglect.

Disc 1 - the original 1972 debut album remastered with 3 bonus tracks (singles versions of "O caroline" and "Signed Curtain", plus a previously unreleased 21 minute jam session!)

Disc 2 - various previously unreleased alternate versions from the original recording sessions plus two long tracks from the BBC Radio sessions from John Peel's show.

Both discs are great, but I'm finding the second the more enjoyable of the two, perhaps because of the freer, more relaxed, more instrumental tracks (although a couple of songs have Wyatt's wordless singing). I really love this version of this band (way more than the earlier Soft Machine, and even what Matching Mole did later), as it combines the jazzier free-form elements of Soft Machine with some more Caravan-like riffs/melodies (the influences of the most notable members Wyatt and Sinclair respectively). The 15 page liner notes are also very nice with a background essay by Sid Smith, plenty of photos and recording and writing credits.

If you are anything of a fan of the Canterbury music scene; Soft Machine, Caravan, Quiet Sun, Hatfield and the North, and National Health you'll surely enjoy this band, and this fine deluxe reissue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic becomes even greater!!! 13 April 2012
By D. K. Hughes - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this remaster today in my car and fell in love with 'the Mole' all over again. The band features Robert Wyatt, on drums and vocals, Bill MacCormick, bass, Phil Miller, guitar and David Sinclair on keys. What these talented musicians created is amazing to listen to after all these years. The tone of the instruments, using tasty distortion on the keys, bass and guitar to great effect, carries on the Canterbury tradition. The music of Robert Wyatt is unique in itsef, but it is a treasure to hear these guys playing off him. For those lucky few who saw a live Matching Mole show, it must have been amazing to watch them improvising on these tunes, as is demonstrated here on the bonus tracks.

The bonus stuff ranges from the usual singles edits, though in this case, it helps to focus the heart of the songs, to in studio jams and BBC performances. All of this material sounds great. If you love the early 70's Canterbury bands, but never got around to these guys, you need this. If like me you have bought it several times over the years, this expanded package is well worth your time and investment. That goes for the second expanded Matching Mole release of "Little Red Record", though it's less succesful than the first.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great reissue with excellent bonus material 14 May 2012
By Joseph L. Kolb - Published on
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esoteric has done it again with yet another fantastic reissue. 24-bit digital remastering of original recordings sound great! we are greatly treated to 2 discs, rather than just one. and the second disc is just as good as the original recordings! there are four previously unissued versions of signed curtain, part of the dance, and some tracks not on the original, memories membrane, and horse. then, there are two bbc radio one sessions of the john peel show of 1/72 and 4/72. immediate kitten and marchides is about 29' of live material that sounds great! oh, on the first disc, there is as extras: o caroline/signed curtain as single edits, and previously unreleased part of the jam at 20'! besides all this high quality bonus materials, there is an informative booklet to read also. no need to ask if it's worth replacing your old single disc set, because i'm tellin' ya, yeah! replace them with these new esoteric releases. you'll be glad you did.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O Caroline - remake 2 May 2009
By J. Garcia - Published on
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