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As a celestial phenomenon neighboring the musical big bang of the Sixties, The Soft Machine Legacy echoes the melodious growl of an era when rock'n'roll, blues, jazz, jazz-rock, funk, soul, pop were, as yet, nothing more than a magma of sounds challenging the musicians' ability to shape the course of music to come. In those days, Soft Machine symbolized the uncompromising dialog ... Read more in Amazon's Soft Machine Legacy Store

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musea/Moonjune
  • ASIN: B000G2XSK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The actual last studio album of SOFT MACHINE, one of the greatest rock bands since the Sixties, went back thirty years ago. As time went by yet, many reformings happened and some live performances were played... But nothing prepared us to hear a new album someday ! Under the pseudonym of SOFT MACHINE LEGACY, four veterans, whose particularity is not to have ever played in the same incarnation before, are gathered. Jointly published by the Musea and Moonjune labels in 2006, and following "Legacy Live In Zaandam" (2005), this eponymous album is also the last discographic appearance of saxophonist Elton DEAN, who passed away little time after the recording sessions. Hugh HOPPER (Bass), John ETHERIDGE (Guitar) and John MARSHALL (Drums) complete the outfit. As always, the music of SOFT MACHINE is undefinable, somewhere between jazz, blues and rock, closer to free-jazz this time, with much improvisation. The album includes classics such as "Kite Runner" or "Strange Comfort", as well as eight new compositions. Here is the very last opportunity to listen to the legendary Elton DEAN, and probably SOFT MACHINE, in an eclectic and brilliant album. Would you dare to miss this chance ?

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carlberg on February 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is Leonardo Pavkovic's second attempt to put together a working band out of ex-Soft Machine players, with John Etheridge replacing Allan Holdsworth from the first attempt (variously called Software or Soft Works). The core trio of Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean and John Marshall play together so well that almost any situation you put them in is going to be worthwhile. Certainly Etheridge holds his own against this lot, and maybe even listens to them a little better than did the mercurial Holdsworth.

Alas, this lineup was doomed as well, with the untimely passing of Dean shortly after these sessions.

This album itself is a mixed bag. There are two tracks that sound a bit too much like studio improvisations. There are a couple in conventional head-solo-tail jazz constructions. There is a Softs medley, Mike Ratledge's "Facelift," "As If" & "Slightly All The Time" (titled "Ratlift"). There is a ten-minute Hopper epic with typically Hopperean twists and turns.

As a guitar quartet without the keyboards and compositional muscle of Ratledge or Karl Jenkins to anchor the group, the music tends to get a little "wandery," although to his credit Etheridge wrote the three best tracks -- the last of which, "Strange Comforts," puts Elton in such a sweet setting that it functions as a fitting, if unintended, eulogy.
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