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Original Album Classics: Third / Fourth / Five / Six / Seven [Box set]

Soft Machine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Columbia Legacy / Sony
  • ASIN: B003ZBX84G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Facelift (Live - Remastered 2006)18:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Slightly All The Time (Remastered 2006)18:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Moon In June (Remastered 2006)19:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Out-Bloody-Rageous (Remastered 2006)19:110.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Teeth (Remastered 2006) 9:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kings And Queens (Remastered 2006) 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fletcher's Blemish (Remastered 2006) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Virtually Part 1 (Remastered 2006) 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Virtually Part 2 (Remastered 2006) 7:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Virtually Part 3 (Remastered 2006) 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Virtually Part 4 (Remastered 2006) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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Listen  1. All White (Remastered 2006) 6:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Drop (Remastered 2006) 7:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. M C (Remastered 2006) 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. As If (Remastered 2006) 8:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. L B O (Remastered 2006) 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pigling Bland (Remastered 2006) 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bone (Remastered 2006) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. All White - Take Two (Remastered 2006) 7:120.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Fanfare - Live (Remastered 2006)0:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. All White [Live] (Remastered 2006) 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Between (Live) (Remastered 2006) 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Riff (Live) (Remastered 2006) 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 371/2 (Live) (Remastered 2006) 6:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gesolreut (Live) (Remastered 2006) 6:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. E.P.V. (Live) (Remastered 2006) 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lefty (Live) (Remastered 2006) 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stumble (Live) (Remastered 2006) 1:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 5 From 13 (Live) (Remastered 2006) 5:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Riff II (Live) (Remastered 2006) 1:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Soft Weed Factor (Remastered 2006)11:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album [For B.O] (Remastered 2006) 5:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chloe And The Pirates (Remastered 2006) 9:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 1983 (Remastered 2006) 7:550.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Nettle Bed (Remastered 2006) 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Carol Ann (Remastered 2006) 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Day's Eye (Remastered 2006) 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bone Fire (Remastered 2006)0:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tarabos (Remastered 2006) 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. D.I.S. (Remastered 2006) 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Snodland (Remastered 2006) 1:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Penny Hitch (Remastered 2006) 6:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Block (Remastered 2006) 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Down The Road (Remastered 2006) 5:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The German Lesson (Remastered 2006) 1:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The French Lesson (Remastered 2006) 1:030.99  Buy MP3 

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft Machine, Hard Bargain 5 Dec 2010
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If you haven't come across Soft Machine before think 'psychedelic jazz fusion' for this period of the band. Lovers of the quirky charm Robert Wyatt brought to the band will love '3', barely notice his influence by '4' and mourn his passing by '5'. The band that remains still produces many fabulous moments though and 5 albums of this quality for this price would be crazy to miss! Cheaper than downloading, a hard back up copy, a cheap way of getting them on CD if (like me) you already had some of this on vinyl and, the thing that really matters, wonderful, wonderful music.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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This latest collection from Sony Music of Soft Machines five albums with them is a great deal. For starters these five albums represent the high point in Soft Machines output in the opinion of most avid Soft Machine fans. Secondly these albums truly have been remastered (as much as they can be from the original mixdown two-track analog tapes). How do I know this? Because on every copy - vinyl, cassette or CD - of Soft Machine "fourth" that I own _ (and believe me I own everything thats commercially available) at precisely 3 minutes and 57 seconds into the opening track "Teeth" there is a faint "click" sound. I always thought this to be possibly a magnetically caused pop due to analog tape editing or something of that nature. But on this the NEW "remastered" fourth CD Lo and Behold that click is gone! Imagine my surprise when while listening to this on my Bose QC 15 Headphones the expected pop was not there! I re-listened. I still could not hear it. This tells me someone indeed took the master source everyone has been using for this album and "cleaned" it with some kind of mastering software. I seriously doubt they took the time to actually edit it out (which wouldn't be all that hard given the software tools these days) but I'm guessing rather than being deliberately edited, it was part of an overall cleaning up of the master sound source. All the albums here sound at first listening a tiny bit lacking in the ultra-high frequency range until you realize that what you're not hearing isn't loss of music information but loss of noise in those frequencies. It takes a little getting use to but after awhile you realize you're listening to the music sans much of the analog noise we long time Soft Machine fans have gotten used to hearing on their records. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star value... 23 Mar 2012
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Amazon do not seem to have placed the track Listing so I thought this would help.
Also its actually not on 1 disc as Amazon state but 7 for there are 2 'double LPs' on here.
So this really is excellent value.
I actually love the cardboard cases!

The track Listings
1. Facelift
2. Slightly All the Time
3. Moon in June
4. Out-Bloody-Rageous

1. Teeth
2. Kings and Queens
3. Fletcher's Blemish
4. Virtually, Pt. 1
5. Virtually, Pt. 2
6. Virtually, Pt. 3
7. Virtually, Pt. 4

1. All White
2. Drop
3. M C
4. As If
5. L B O
6. Pigling Bland
7. Bone
8. All White [Take Two]

1. Fanfare - (live)
2. All White - (live)
3. Between - (live)
4. Riff - (live)
5. 37 - (live)
6. Gesolreut - (live)
7. E.P.V. - (live)
8. Lefty - (live)
9. Stumble - (live)
10. 5 From 13 - (live)
11. Riff II - (live)
12. Soft Weed Factor, The
13. Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album (for B.O)
14. Chloe and the Pirates
15. 1983

1. Nettle Bed
2. Carol Ann
3. Day's Eye
4. Bone Fire
5. Tarabos
6. D.I.S.
7. Snodland
8. Penny Hitch
9. Block
10. Down the Road
11. German Lesson, The
12. French Lesson, The
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five reasons to get this collection 21 Feb 2013
By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an outstanding collection of five superb albums by a most incredible band that skirted the fringes of rock and jazz, yet never actually becoming a fusion band, not in my book at any rate.

The style of the band changes significantly across these 5 albums, from the lighter song orientated vol 3, through the longer improv weighted vol 4, after which Robert Wyatt left, and then well into the pure instrumental work of the last three.The band, regardless of lineup, were always first class musicians and I can honestly say there is not one track on any of these 5 cds that I feel like skipping. Some of Elton Deans solos are as good as it gets.

I bought this box set after being impressed with the 2 cd compilation Outbloodyrageous and would have to say at this price buying this is a no-brainer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Softs 20 Feb 2013
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The Soft Machine were a seminal avant garde jazz/rock outfit .... this collection represents some of the finest music of the late 60s-70s era.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value 4 Jan 2011
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These ''Original Album Classics'' are presented in the most absolutely basic, some might say too basic, packaging - a simple cardboard reproduction of the original LP sleeves - and therefore virtually unreadable (although to be fair, in this case, Soft machine covers were never very informative anyway!!) in a cardboard box which in itself contains little or no information. One nice aspect is that the albums are presented as they were originally issued, ie each LP on a separate CD (and double LPs on 2 CDs) Sometimes too, the selection of the ''classic'' albums is a little ''eccentric'' to say the least. Again, in this case, that is irrelevant as the box contains studio albums 3 - 7, ie the ''Jazzier'' albums in sequential order. Generally, there are no ''additional'' tracks either, unless the CDs included have subsequently been reissued with such tracks (eg the Thelonious Monk box)

Having said all that I have bought a number of these sets because they are just so cheap and a compact way of having, in this case 7 CDs, in a box no larger than the usual plastic double CD case.

So, if the box you are considering happens to have the CDs you want and you are not looking for any additional ''packaging'', books or information, these are fantastic value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality reproduction at a great price
It was good to hear these recordings again.
I was listening to Third and Fourth in my early youth, and had wondered how the group had developed.
Published 7 months ago by Peter Milham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Collection
In spite of having grown up through the period when Soft Machine were at their peak, they largely passed me by until recently. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fussy Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea
found this repetative and a bit lifless ,really strugled to get through every cd. very dated and not what i expected having read some reveiws on this group that somehow i mist when... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. J. Harknett
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money
The perfect Soft Machine smorgasboard.

3,4,5,6,7........... Only numbers for some. But for Soft Machine fans, this is both five numbers between one to ten and five... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Torodd Fuglesteg
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's give them an award
This review is not only about the Original Album Classics box, but includes the first and second album of Soft Machine. I would like to honour them with an award. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Critical Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Album Classics
A fantastic bargain for five albums ("Third" to "Seven") of brilliant music. No frills packaging (original art slipcases in a box) for an unbeatable price, I think that the source... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Replican't
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Soft Machine Classics going cheap
I have all these albums as LPs and this was a bargain way to get them on CDS - so much easier than rippling an LP. Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by Mr. Terry Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Wow. Faultless; a bundle of works of art; every track a gem and what a price; all these albums have given me countless hours of pleasure. Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by Alan S R Howarth
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