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Soft Machine - Alive & Well - Recorded In Paris (2CD Japan Remaster) (2012)

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Soft Machine - Alive & Well - Recorded In Paris (2CD Japan Remaster) (2012)

Artist: Soft Machine
Title Of Album: Alive & Well - Recorded In Paris
Year Of Release: 1978 (2012)
Label: Air Mail Recordings
Genre: Jazz-Rock
Quality: Lossless
Bitrate: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Total Time: 01:35:13
Total Size: 668 Mb


CD 1:
01 - White Kite
02 - Eos
03 - Odds Bullets And Blades Pt I
04 - Odds Bullets And Blades Pt II
05 - Song Of The Sunbird
06 - Puffin'
07 - Huffin'
08 - Number Three
09 - The Nodder
10 - Surrounding Silence
11 - Soft Space

CD 2:
01 - K's Riff
02 - The Nodder
03 - Two Down
04 - The Spraunce
05 - Song Of Aeolus
06 - Sideburn
07 - The Tale Of Taliesin
08 - Organic Matter - One Over The Eight
09 - Soft Space Part One (Edited version)
10 - Soft Space Part Two (Disco version)

On the band's first live album, 1978's Alive & Well: Recorded in Paris, Soft Machine's personnel changes continue, with Steve Cooke replacing Roy Babbington on bass, and violinist Ric Saunders joining since the 1976 studio album Softs, as guitarist John Etheridge, keyboardist Karl Jenkins, and drummer John Marshall remain in place. (Since this is the group's first album not to feature any participation from an original member of Soft Machine, a name change might have been ethically, if not commercially, advisable.) Like Softs, Alive & Well is largely a vehicle for the compositions of Jenkins, who wrote nine of 11 tracks. The only exceptions are Etheridge's acoustic guitar solo "Number Three" and Saunders' showcase "Surrounding Silence." Otherwise, this is jazz-rock fusion instrumental music, based largely on the keyboard textures, with Etheridge getting in some hot soloing here and there, notably on the fast-paced "Huffin'." The album ends with the eight minutes of "Soft Space," which boasts an electronic rhythm track very reminiscent of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" and with a nodding acquaintance to Kraftwerk. If that suggests a new direction for this version of Soft Machine, the band is on its way to the discos. [The reissue on Esoteric adds an entire CD of material, its 56 minutes more than doubling the running time of the collection. There are alternate versions of "The Nodder" and "Soft Space," as well as live versions of songs from Softs such as "Song of Aeolus" and "The Tale of Talesin."]

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