Soft Machine - Four CD

SKU 28-IMT5049801.2
Licensed from SONY, this is a legit version that is sonically the exact same thing as the latest SONY issue, now out of print.

For some reason, I think Four has always been the overlooked Soft Machine album. There's probably several reasons for this but that doesn't change the fact that I think that this is tied with Volume Two as their greatest album ever!

The tunes were getting more and more complex and astonishing: Mike Ratledge contributed what I consider the band's greatest work ever in the 10 minute long Teeth, while Hugh Hopper was also reaching a peak compositionally. Elton Dean showed the direction that he wanted to go with his free-but-charming contributions and while Robert Wyatt didn't contribute any tunes (or even any vocals - probably one of the reasons that this album is overlooked), his playing, like all the others, was exemplary here.

In addition to the great tunes and the great playing from the four members, a number of additional musicians (Marc Charig, Roy Babbington, Alan Skidmore, Nick Evans) appear as guests, adding some great ensemble color. Lastly, but also very importantly, this was always a really good sounding album and it sounds great here too in this remastered version.

Utterly essential, important and innovative jazz/rock from when there were no rules to this sound which was being newly invented while they made it!!
  • LabelTalking Elephant
  • UPC5028479035823
Your Price $17.00

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