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Third Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (17 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • ASIN: B000H8RWCE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
After 30 years I still listen to this one every week or two, and it grows with familiarity. The album contains 4 very different sides, and was a mystery to me when I first heard it. Side one is a live piece and despite the average recording is somewhat extraordinary.
Nothing can prepare you for "Slightly all the time", however. It's as though everything Soft Machine was before this track came together to culminate in their masterpiece. Certainly, the track contains themes heard fleetingly in earlier songs, and live performances stitch the parts of this album together in other ways but this piece goes beyond anything that preceeds it.
In fact, this particular performance has a cool qulaity that most live renderings lack. The buzzing organ and compelling bass notwithstanding, the brass playing is an unusual mix of lively jazz and cool, reflective, lyrical playing. It's at once emotional and thriving.
The song structure is complex, with a memorable bassline and 'jazzy' brass section interspersed with Ratledge's wonderful organ playing, but the highlights on this track are like all the other highlights of the album, moments of true bliss from Elton Dean's lyrical sax.
On "Slightly..." the highlight comes around the 10 minute mark with the most beautiful sax solo I can imagine.
On "Out Bloody Rageous" the same applies. The track starts however with a Terry Rileyesque tape loop that gradually gathers intensity over 5 minutes but then resolves into some Keith Tippett style jazz for a couple of minutes... It's after that the track takes off, however and after a piano figure that will live in your mind forever, Elton Dean transforms the piece in a way that didn't seem possible....
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Format: Audio CD
A third purchase of "Third" !!!

I first bought it on vinyl when it came out, the initial CD issue, and now this which must be the definitive sonic upgraded edition,

with the bonus of the Royal Albert Hall Proms gig. Now all I need is a DVD of this gig which was shown once on BBC "Omnibus" !

Facelift sounds louder and punchier, Slighty All The Time is clearer and more detailed, Robert's "Moon" even more effecting

and Out-Bloody-Rageous just about sums it all up. Out-bloody-rageously amazing, 37 years later.

No true Softs fan should be without it. A perfect place for any new listener to start.
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This album changed my entire outlook on music when I first heard it back in the late sixties. Suddenly, here was a band that was not afraid to play extended, ambitious music and also had the talent to carry it off. In the intervening 30 years I have returned to this album many times, and it remains one of my top 3 or 4 records of all time. From the sombre opening of "Facelift" through the beautiful bass line of "Slightly All The Time" and the whimsical Wyatt vocals on "The Moon in June" (the last Softs track ever to feature vocals) to the ethereal "Out-Bloody-Rageous", this album is a pure delight. Buy it and prepare for a major listening experience!
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Although I'm a longstanding Robert Wyatt fan, I always struggled to get to grips with Soft Machine, mainly due to a negative experience with a live album of theirs circa 1990. Finally after further reading on the subject of Mr Wyatt I decided to go out and buy `Third'. What a fanastic revelation this album has been to me.

Four songs, each clocking in at 20 minutes or so, each different in it's own way. There is a certain groove to this album. At any one point it can serve as the perfect accompaniment to any particular mood that you might be in. Rock, jazz, folk, soul - curiously it's all here, wrapped up in a package that seems utterly progressive but is in fact so much more.

After listening to this I was fascinated by the roles each of the band perform(ed). Mike Ratledge is an absolute enigma on keyboards, a man who apparently epitomised the surge towars jazz that led Wyatt to leave, but at the same time was so crucial to the sound on this album -their crowning achievement.

Wyatt's contribution - `Moon in June' is unique. Twenty minute songs were obvioulsy de rigeur in 1970, but this one is different - it's chatty, heartfelt, whimsical, an absolute joy. No wonder he was frustrated that he couldn't do a bit more of this. However, if there are four band members, and four sides to an album, then getting one of them could be seen as democratic.

`Slightly All The Time' and `Out-bloody-rageous' plough a similar furrow - keyboards settling into a groove, and Elton Dean's saxaphone blowing with purpose. The music ebbs and flows, sweeping you away and then easing back again for tranquil/ambient passages. The only track I haven't listened to so much is Hugh Hopper's `Facelift' which occupies side one.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant album and if you are on a tight budget then this is a real bargain, however, I would strongly recommend that you look to the newer remastered version that not only has an excellent bonus disc but, what is more important, it also boasts exceptionally good remastering with an unbelievable boost to the sound quality and separation of the instruments that is bordering on magical. It is not that much more expensive either
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