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Third

Soft Machine Audio CD

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about that sound quality..... 22 Dec 2003
By allismile0 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Make no mistake about it. This is a high quality album filled with imaginitive ideas and free-flight/top-flight playing. I now have this digi-pack import and the domestic version. The new packaging is an improvement but there is't any new pictures or information. What's more the sound quality is no different nor does it claim to be on the packaging. This is simply a re-issue of a classic album that still needs to be digitally remastered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic music 19 Mar 2003
By Richard E. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Folks that are looking at purchasing this import version instead of the less expensive domestic version and wondering is it worth it? Yes it is. I have both and the sound is superior on this one not only that but the packaging is worth it too. I am sure you know that this was the begining of something (fusion?) perhaps but not necessarily. Somehow the Soft Machine survived psych and went forward. I first purchased this album when I was 17 because I read an review in Rolling Stone record guide. So I set out and purchased it. The reviewer gave it five stars I believe, at the time I thought what is this? Well that was almost 25 years ago and I still play this album. How many of you can say that about a piece of music that you own? It does not have the riff or solo of something like Mahavishnu or RTF but don't forget this was 1970 and that stuff had not even been thought about yet? Even Miles Davis and Bands like the Free Spirits didn't even know if what they were doing was even music? BTW if you do enjoy this album it would be well worth your while to pick up Backwards too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three utterly classic songs are more than enough 20 Jun 2009
By mianfei - Published on Amazon.com
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By the time they released "Third", the Soft Machine had already acquired a reputation for their quirky brand of psychedelic pop music on their first two albums. With their third release, however, the band took a very different tact. Whereas most (though not all) of the pieces on their first two albums had been fragmented, at times catchy songs with vocals that show up the deficiencies in so much psychedelia from the 1960s, on "Third" the Soft Machine turn with new musicians such as saxophonist Elton Dean to epic jams that have some similarity with contemporaries Miles Davis, Weather Report and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Despite the radical change in style, the music on three-quarters of "Third" (which was designed as a double vinyl set with four side of equal length) is equal to anything from the period. The opening track, the live "Facelift", shows Hugh Hopper's bass playing the role of a lead instrument in a way that people often pretend has been tried but very few actually have. The distorted saxophone from Dean and the visceral organ work of Mike Ratledge are a perfect combination over the full duration of the song. Especially noteworthy for its memorability is the harsh bass riff "hm hm". The beauty of the later quiet section is extremely easy to overlook even for those who think they know the album well like myself.

"Out-Bloody-Rageous", the last side of the original vinyl, in heaven heavier and more visceral. However, the piece opens very jazzy and quietly for several minutes before the intense interplay of saxophone, organ, bass and drums really begins. The amazingly tuneful character of the quieter parts after about five minutes in are something that would be very hard to better with more conventional instrumentation - probably only My Bloody Valentine can claim to have done so.

Third side "Moon In June" is well-known as the last vocal piece ever done by the Soft Machine, but its touching beauty hold up perfectly over the duration of the vocal passages that are a lament for a lost home - and also over the piece's famous epic coda. there are trackes of the fierce bass playing of "Facelift" but they do not command the listener's attention . Still, their quiet passion is more than enough for a classic tune like no other.

Second side "Slightly All The Time" unfortunately showed where the Soft Machine were headed on some very bad later albums, but still does not detract from the greatness of the rest of "Third". All in all, this is a must-hear for three sides of music that were unlike anything else at the time and paved the way for many great bands in the future like Godspeed You Black Emperor.
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