Third (studio album) by Soft Machine
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Definitely interesting experimental jazz album, but it is something I would not often listen to.
This album fuses jazz and rock incredibly. It feels transcendental and like it takes you to a completely different realm of existence at times with it sounding so unique compared to most things I have heard. The instrumentation is amazing as well and the variety they provide gives us so much to explore in all the songs. However, it can be slow in places and you do sometimes find yourself drifting out of the record. It would definitely benefit from some trimming around the edges as it is too long and would be held in a much higher esteem if they did this. Overall, an album that is great to stick on when you fancy something completely unique and relaxing.
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Some great musicianship. I love the weird half jazz/half prog rock thing they go for here.
P.S. The ranking on the individual songs is ass backwards, Facelift is definitely the best song on here, and Moon in June is definitely the weakest.
This just feels so self-indulgent to me. And not in a good way.
Bought this in the early 70s at a street market in Exeter because I liked the "brown paper" packaging. Didn't like it at first. But over the years it grew on me big time. Hugh Hopper's base lines are amazing. Mike Ratledge's "Bees In A Bottle" keyboarding defines their unique form of Jazz. Robert Wyatt's vocals on Moon In June are genius. But this is Elton Dean's showcase - his Alto Sax soars on this album.
Personal favorite of mine, criminally underrated and influential.
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4/4 of the songs are good, I'm giving it a 8/10, but I want to give it a 10/10.
If it has a 8 out of 10 means that I really enjoyed it at first listen, going to come back, coming back ...
A stoned masterpiece. It's difficult to call it prog rock when there's no guitar on it, but it certainly isn't any lighter for it, maybe it's prog jazz. Either way, Third, is a million times better than anything Pink Floyd were doing at this time. Every track/side is stunning. It's a perfect album for just turning out the lights and chilling out to. Please don't give up if it doesn't hit you straight away, stick with it, and believe me, when it does hit you it will stay with you forever. An absolute classic.
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