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on 8 February 2005
Whilst still with Soft Machine (maybe), Robert Wyatt made the controversial "End of an ear" album "solo".
Subsequently "booted out" of Soft Machine, Wyatt formed Matching Mole, the name being a pun based on the French translation of Soft Machine (machine molle).
Robert Wyatt composed the 1st album and the band members complained about their lack of compositional opportunity. Wyatt conceded, he let his cohorts compose the 2nd album with his compositional input being strictly limited to vocals. This band eventually went on to (basically) become Hatfield & the North.
This was the band's 2nd and (i.m.h.o) most coherent album.
Robert Fripp was (wisely) employed as producer for this release and despite intimidating Phil Miller (the band's guitarist) by his very prescense, did a great job. Fripp defined/refined the band's sound whilst subtly leaving his personal mark.

Helped by Brian Eno's donation of a synth for the session and guest appearance on Gloria Glooom, the album is a triumph of early 70's British art/prog rock and jazz fusion, an essential component of the soft machine canon, this album is "ambient" and "jazz rock" in equal parts!
The opening track "starting in the middle of the day we can drink our politics away" is an inspired and genuine example of "minimalism", after this we get into the heart of the album, a wonderfully british prog/fusion/improv/arty melting pot, the musicians work together beautifully, Fripp's utilisation of dub style effects in the mix perfectly compliments this cerebral yet visceral fayre.
I have to take this opportunity to remind everyone of what a precious attribute Robert Wyatt, as a drummer, is to British music, this album is a great testimony to the man's awesome ability behind the "kit", an oft overlooked facet of this great man's talent/contribution to British music. Wyatt's vocal style also proved to be highly influential and this album provides some of the finest examples of his singing.
If you like fusion/prog/ambient/psychedelic/art/folk/rock/jazz/dub-canterbury! music you could easily end up citing this album as one of your very favourites. Every mood appears to be catered for here, good taste prevails, it's very difficult not to like this album.
Matching Mole are a rare treasure, Robert Wyatt is an even rarer treasure! This band only made 2 studio albums, there are only 5 CDs available to document this band, this music proves that Soft Machine lost out by parting company with Robert Wyatt.

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on 3 March 2012
Matching Mole lasted barely a year as a group before Robert Wyatt decided he'd had enough of band leadership, but during this time, they managed to make two albums of which this is the second. While the first was very much Wyatt's own baby, this was more of a democratic affair, and it has to be said it sounds a lot more relaxed and at times humourous.

"Like so many of you, I've got my doubts about how much to contribute to the already rich" sings Wyatt over guest star Eno's synth tones on `Gloria Gloom'. The more things change the more they stay the same. The album despite its title is not a series of politically motivated songs, but with the exception of the wonderful `God Song' ("Next time you send your boy down here, give him a wife and a sexy daughter") is a largely instrumental excursion.

With Dave McCrae's Fender Rhodes more to the fore, the sound is a somewhat denser one than the first album, and in various places there is some experimentation with voices and humour (Monty Python was all the rage), but nothing which detracts from the seriousness of the matter at hand, some fine ensemble playing.

This new edition from Esoteric once again includes some very worthwhile bonus material, as well as a previously issued BBC concert (in best ever quality it has to be said) there are some fascinating out-takes including a wonderful `straight' vocal performance of the album's opener `Starting In The Middle Of The Day...' and some extended takes of `Smoke Signal' and `Flora Fidget', and for those already very familiar with the album, the moment "it's the Mole!" came into being ! Marvellous stuff.

Anything by this sadly short lived band is to be treasured and this wonderful reissue only adds to that legacy.
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on 14 July 2011
I first saw Matchine Mole at the Royal Festival Hall in 1972.
I was invited by Lol Coxhill(I met him busking on the street on Tottenham Court Road) to the premiere of Matching Mole's"Little Red Record".
They were all there that night... Robert Fripp,Brian Eno.All my musical heros were there and I was in musical heaven.
The sound engineer mixed the sound beautifully in the hall that night and Robert gave one hell of an amazing performance that night.
For their second album their playing had developed a lovely open sound.That gave you the feeling of drifting like a cloud.The entire album is very dreamy experience.
I recently purchased the dvd Soft Machine 1970 "Alive In Paris" .
Robert Wyatt was scatt singing through a Korg Stage Echo tape loop machine.This was the beginning of Matching Mole.The live material he was performing with Dean,Dobson,Hopper and Ratledge.What a shame that Soft Machine didn't stay togather to perform the material on the two Matching Mole albums!As with all great musicians the studio recording was only a small part of their enormous talent.
Wonderful stuff I love it!
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on 5 May 2015
A brilliant MM cd, with extra material
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on 18 January 2017
Good value
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on 9 May 2012
This CD is wrongly described on the product description and it is not the recently remastered 2 cd edition issued by esoteric records, if you want the cd as described dont buy this item, I had to return my copy and get a refund and reorder.
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on 13 May 2011
I bought this because I want to have all cd's that Robert Wyatt ever made. Not the easiest one but still very good.
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