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4.0 out of 5 stars
interesting, if you ever wondered if Bob had not gone on his own, 6 Dec 2013
At the same time, it is not for Softheads. It's like when listening to Hatfield & The North you know those vocals would have been rescued by having Robert Wyatt on voice. In the 80#s I came accross a double CD retrospective of Robert Wyatts that started with his (or Soft Machine's?) Moon In June from a Peel session, the peerless "And tho' each little song was less than 3 minutes long.." version. It wasn't credited as a Soft Machine number, & I just didn't get it, familiar as I was with the unsettling & wonderful Rock Bottom & not with Soft Machine at all. Now, this CD helps fill in the gap in some ways (I got to love MIJ latterly when exploring Robert's early recordings a few years ago), Rivmic Melodies in particular, plus the other 2 tracks, which are early takes on Signed Curtain (Matching Mole) & Soup Song respectively. The new, to me, version of Moon In June is better than that on Soft Machine 3 but stil inferior to the BBC Sessions one. This release serves to illuminate that Robert had to leave Soft Machine & Matching Mole's noodlings,as good as they might have been, to become the collossus that he is.