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by Soft Machine

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    This CD is now out of print, but we found a small pile in the back and these are the copies with the bonus 1969 sextet version of "Esther's Nose Job' that were made for the Japanese market.

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Backwards is the fourth in our Soft Machine archival series. While I am really proud of all of our Soft Machine releases, this one is really special & something perhaps even close to magnificent.

Backwards is comprised of recordings from two different and interesting eras of the band: First on the album is a recording of the quartet from May, 1970, made just about the time that the band had finished recording their Third album. The recording is mono, but the sonic quality is superb; this may be the single finest recording of the quartet version of the band, surpassing even their official studio releases.

Next is three performances from November, 1969, featuring the septet version of Soft Machine. Since the only other available material by this version of the band is 20' of BBC recordings, this is an invaluable addition to the band's recorded legacy.

"...a magnificent document of one of the most vital jazz/rock fusion outfits to ever come down the pike."
– ejazznews

"...a reminder of the power of Soft Machine live at full throttle."
– The Wire


released May 7, 2002

Marc Charig – cornet : 4/5/6
Elton Dean – alto sax, saxello : all tracks
Lyn Dobson – soprano sax, tenor sax : 4/5/6
Nick Evans – trombone : 4/5/6
Hugh Hopper – bass : all tracks
Mike Ratledge – electric piano, organ : all tracks
Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals : all tracks


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