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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • ASIN: B000GYHY2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded live in swinging London's legendary Middle Earth club.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carlberg on April 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Soft Machine's earliest incarnation, as a trio with Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge and Robert Wyatt, is represented on disc by Soft Machine 1 and the Giorgio Gomelsky demos, but the only live recordings, despite extensive gigging, have been 5 "in studio" songs done for BBC -- until now. Recorded in London clear back in September 1967, this live performance was captured on 15 i.p.s. half-track reels by Bob Woolford, nearly state-of-the-art for the time. Unfortunately the band's live concert setup was prone to distortion (understatement!) and the resulting tapes were deemed unsalvageable more than once.

Enter Mike King, the same dude who "wrote the book" on Wyatt. Thanks to modern digital technology, much persistence and a ton of hard work, Mike was able to resurrect a quite-servicable representation of the original overdriven concert. It really sounds surprisingly good (say, compared to Brian Hopper's archival tapes of the same period) and has been edited together into a continuously-flowing set like the first album.

This release rates AT LEAST five stars for the effort put into releasing it and for the rarity of it. Thanks to all the lads involved for putting it together nearly 40 years later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By metal riffer on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The sound quality is much better than I feared. I had a bootleg CDR called Middle Earth which was horribly reverb drenched, probably recorded with open mics, possibly to a standard 1/4" cassette. (think "Turns On" series)

This CD however, actually is a line recording and is as clean as a 1967 Soft Machine performance possibly could have been. I would love to have such a fine document of the band *with* Daevid Allen, but until then, this is a welcome addition to my collection and above average quality in comparison to similar recordings of its kind.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stanley C. Sargent VINE VOICE on December 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Other reviews listed here at Amazon will give you the history of this CD, so I'll just give my opinion of the music/sound. I expected these remastered "live" and "radio" tapes to be rough, but these are really rough! The vocals are barely audible on all of the tracks, unfortunately. I saw the group open for Hendrix in Cincinnati in 1967 or 1968, and it was the first time I'd heard the Soft Machine's music. I was hooked; they sounded great. But the recordings here do not reflect what I remember at all. It's almost unlistenable to me, so I won't be pulling this CD out often. It's a "for extreme collectors" only, as far as I'm concerned. I was disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rainman on September 12, 2007
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amazing sounding live performance of soft machine from 1967. i was suprised by the sound quality of this recording, its really great. amazing what can be done these days with modern technology applied to old tapes. maybe the floyd could release something from this era also!!!
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