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Live in Paris

by Soft Machine

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Plain Tiffs 03:30
All White 06:23
Drop 07:42
M.C. 02:59
Facelift 17:50
And Sevens 08:54
As If 08:27
LBO 06:07
At Sixes 10:34


The Soft Machine line-up of Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, John Marshall and Mike Ratledge lasted under half a year and recorded just one half of an album (side two of "5").

Live in Paris is a rare recording of this quartet during that lineup's final days; Dean left Soft Machine later that month. It is also a special, rare example of a Soft Machine concert recorded and released in its entirety.

Live in Paris shows Soft Machine playing in top form. As Aymeric Leroy points out in the liner notes, "the music illustrates main composers Ratledge and Hopper's shift in compositional style towards looser and more minimalistic themes."

The tracklist consists of works from "Third" and "5" in often significantly different versions, as well as several pieces not recorded elsewhere.

This excellent quality release is taken from the less than 2 dozen shows performed by this version of the band, and shows that despite such a short life, that this version of the quartet definitely had their own style and sound.

"The Cuneiform label continues with its excellent job of documenting obscure and sought after Soft Machine recordings from the late '60s and early '70s."
– Jazzwise


released May 4, 2004

Elton Dean – saxello, alto sax, electric piano
Hugh Hopper – bass
John Marshall – drums
Mike Ratledge – electric piano, organ

Recorded at The Olympia, Paris, France on May 2, 1972.
Digital mastering by Michael King at Sounds Good.


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