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Matching Mole (Expanded Edition) Original recording remastered


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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,332 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

Product Description

* A NEWLY REMASTERED AND EXPANDED 2CD EDITION OF MATCHING MOLE'S FIRST ALBUM FEATURING ROBERT WYATT, DAVE SINCLAIR, PHIL MILLER, BILL McCOMICK AND DAVE MacRAE
* INCLUDES 5 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED STUDIO BONUS TRACKS, TWO SINGLE VERSIONS AND TWO BBC RADIO ONE SESSIONS

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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By S. DINSDALE on 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 10 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo on 28 April 2012
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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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I am a Robert Wyatt fan. But born of a later generation so have had to explore and discover his work on my own.

If you love Rock Botom and want something similar to enhance your fix this will go some way to meeting this need. It is more Robert Wyatt than Soft Machine and has at times some similiar sensisbilities to his seminal work.
However I would also recommend some of his later albums that take a very different Road.

Enjoy
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By dan forbes on 31 Mar. 2015
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Excellent album, sounds great & the extra tracks are superb. 9/10.
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