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Third Import, Original recording remastered

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2007 digitally remastered and expanded reissue of this 1970 album from UK legends Soft Machine features a bonus disc that contains a BBC Live Session recorded at the Royal Albert Hall. In the history of Rock music, few bands underwent such a stylistic musical transformation as Soft Machine. Starting life as a band that absorbed Soul and Jazz influences, the group were one of the first to embrace Psychedelia before heading off on a Jazz influenced tangent. In hindsight Soft Machine's evolution could have only taken place in the musical free thinking environment that was the music business of the late 60's / early 70's. It was an evolution that would produce some of the most startlingly brilliant and innovative music of the period. Sony/BMG. 2007.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Face Lift (Live)
  2. Slightly All The Time
  3. Moon In June
  4. Out-Bloody-Rageous
  5. Out-Bloody-Rageous (Live)
  6. Facelift
  7. Esther's Nosejob


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B000H8RWCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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one of the first scribblings i ever put out on amazon was a cry for somebody to remaster this great album. the original cd version had about as bad a sound quality to it that you can get. now that egregious error has been corrected. this masterpiece is finally available in a rich wonderful sound. and you even get liner notes and a bonus disc of a live performance done at a classic music festival broadcast on bbc 3 in 1970, the same year this album was recorded. soft machine took their name from a william burroughs novel, and nowhere else in their discography does that seem more appropriate than on this recording. the sounds here (which are an energetic fusion of avante-garde jazz and wildly creative rock) are completely iconoclastic in spirit, just as mr burroughs novels are in the world of literature. there is a pure vibrant joy of self-expression that blasts forth from this music. i can listen to it again and again and it always sounds new and fresh. soft machine made several excellent albums, but this is their best. a true masterpiece of cutting edge art.
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While always a big fan of the first two Soft Machine albums (as well as the early recordings issued as 'Jet Propelled Photographs'), they started to lose me as the rock became jazz. Time moves on, however, and I am now fully in love with 'Third'! It grew on me over the years, but with this amazing new remaster, it now sits alongside those first two as an equal yet very different animal. 'Moon In June' is still the tops here featuring the genius of Robert Wyatt, while 'Out Bloody Rageous' is simply breathtaking. The sound on this re-issue is just fantastic--so clear and sharp! The bonus disc of BBC recordings is a wonderful addition and a very nice booklet too. Highly recommended!!
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This is the best that Soft Machine's "Third" album has ever sounded on CD!!!This great import 2-CD set from Sony/BMG includes the landmark classic double album on Disc 1(all four classic side long compositions!) , And a bonus live concert Recorded At The Royal Albert Hall on Disc 2(originally released as "Live at the Proms on the Reckless label")!!! This release puts other CD editions of "Third" to shame!!! It sounds that good!!! For example,you can hear the sqeak of Robert Wyatt's bass drum petal on his composition "Moon In June" and Hugh Hopper's "Facelift" has much improved sonics,stuff like that!!! Every one of these side long classics sounds awesome!!! And the bonus live CD is the icing on the cake!!! Also includes a cool booklet full of great photos and detailed liner notes!!! The sound is much more fuller and full of detail,thanks 24-bit remastering from the original tapes!!! An awesome release!!! Two thumbs up!!! Way up!!! A+
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I too bought this album in 1970, having been drooling in anticipation since Vol. Two. Imagine (if you will) my elation on finding that the Softs had not only secured a contract with a major (albeit notoriously cranky) label, but that they had released a double album to boot.
I guess the most accurate indication of my feelings about this album is that I still listen to it with some frequency thirty years later. And I own several thousand CDs (jazz, classical, pop), not counting the many cassettes and LPs. This album is decidedly something special. I would suggest that rock fans new to the Soft Machine begin with track (originally side) three -- Robert Wyatt's grand farewell. Jazzers would do better to begin with tracks two or four. As for side one -- Cuneiform has announced a release of the entire concert from which this is taken in January.
Third is commonly spoken of as the Soft Machine's masterpiece. I certainly thought so for quite awhile. But I have to agree with the Cambridge music fan below: sometime in the early eighties I began to realize that Volume Two is by far the more innovative, sophisticated, and just plain weird of the two; I'm still hearing things I never noticed in it before. I think it's generally underrated because it gives an initial impression of being lightly whimsical and twee (as the English say.) But after several listenings its musical merits tend to hit one smack in the face. And, truly rare in rock, the lyrics (with references to Jarry, Pynchon, and who knows what else) are quite good -- and the nonsense lyrics even better.
But back to Third. Buy it. It's certainly the most immediately accessible of the Softs's recordings, and something of a cultural milestone as well. (Though SM were largely ignored at the time, their current discography is well more than twice as large now as it was in the 1970s.)
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By Sean M. Kelly on September 15, 2000
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The Soft Machine had come a long way from the band who was blissfully stoned on stage doing the 14 Hour Technicolour dream a few years earlier- indeed, founders Daevid Allen and Kevin Ayers were both gone (Allen founding Gong, and Ayers' amazing "Joy of a Toy" lp was the first of many successful lps that almost, many times, made Kevin the star he should of been- almost...), and now the trio began their metamorphasis into a tight unit.
"Third" is a landmark album in the Softs'canon. The full fledged sonic jazz attack was unlike anything they had ever done before- and it WORKED! Adding Elton Dean (formally of Bloos-ology with a then unknown Reg Dwight, who, partly in honor of Dean, changed his name to Elton John) added credibility in the British jazz circles, and helped to make the album a more cohesive work.
The lp is a tour-de-force for the Softs, showcasing Mike Ratledge's wonderful feel for jazz, and his signature Lowry organ stylings, Hugh Hopper's always rock solid fuzz drenched bass musings, and the God-given talents of Robert Wyatt on the skins. Wyatt also gets to sing on the wonderful "Moon in June," his voice unparalleled.
The results are pure ecstacy.
The lp will take a few listens to get the full effect of its greatness, but once you get it, you'll have it forever. I have owned this lp for 12 years now and it still amazes me like few albums can. THAT, my friends, is the benchmark for all great music!
So, I highly recommend "Third," in my opinion one of the 50 greatest lps of all time ever made.
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