Soft Machine Drop (Live)
- Released: January 19, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Moonjune Records
Signal To Noise (p.67) - "[T]he group's engines fire in sync on the rich-hued closer, 'Picking Bland.' Anyone with an interest in Soft Machine, particularly the brief, overlooked era propelled by Howard's engine-room intensity, should grab DROP."
Soft Machine: Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, Phil Howard.
Personnel: Elton Dean (saxophone, alto saxophone, Fender Rhodes piano); Mike Ratledge (Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Hugh Hopper (bass guitar); Phil Howard (drums).
Liner Note Author: Steve Lake .
Recording information: Germany (1971).
Authors: Elton Dean; Hugh Hopper; Mike Ratledge.
Photographer: Claude Gassian.
DROP documents the brief window of time in which little-known drummer Phil Howard became part of premier British jazz-rock band Soft Machine, in between the lengthy tenures of founder Robert Wyatt and successor John Marshall. Recorded at various German concerts in 1971, the album finds Soft Machine performing both earlier material and compositions that would soon appear on their album 5, with Howard adding an unprecedented viscerality to both the old and the new tunes.
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