Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Soft Machine - 1975-11-26, Cinema Varietes, Marseille, France

The band who waved at trains?...
 As noted previously, I'm not an expert on Soft Machine. A Softie, if you will. I'm just someone who likes jam/jazz fusion stuff and has a ton of bootlegs. Like this one, taken from a late 1975 show in France.

By this point, nearly all the original members of Soft Machine were gone; Mike Ratlidge, the lone leaf still on the tree, would be gone in a few months. Sadly, Allan Holdsworth had also split by this point; I think he'd hooked up with Tony Williams, but I might have my dates wrong.

Anyway, John Etheridge had joined the band, and with them in full fusion mode, he rips it up. Which means: long jams, lots of guitar shredding, and cool 70s experimental stuff. One jam leads into a Karl Jenkins synth freakout, another into John Marshall delivering ten minute drum solo; "Drumsies," as it's artfully labelled on my copy. It's interesting stuff: something very much of it's time, yes, but also with more than a few shades of their psychedelic past. And when they start riding a groove, things are admittedly compelling. For me, anyway.

The sound's not exactly the best, admittedly. It's a tad muddy, and sounds like it's a few generations from the master. But it's more than listenable, and if you're into 70s fusion, there's a lot to chew on here. Hope you enjoy!

5 comments:

M. Milner said...
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mr.B. said...

this Soft 1975 zippy dl is the same as your Soft 1971 from mediafire. any chance for a re-up?

M. Milner said...

Thanks, Mr. B! I think I clicked on the wrong link. This should be it then: http://www9.zippyshare.com/v/m40oWXUn/file.html

If it still doesn't work, I'll delete and re-up again.

M. Milner said...

I also re-upped the 1971 show to Zippy, I might have gotten mixed up and posted the wrong show!

mr.B. said...

New link is as good as gold...CAN rocks! Thanks for your generosity!