Third (studio album) by Soft Machine

Third by Soft Machine
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 846th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 335 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1970 (26th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (190th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (846th)
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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 335 votes)
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09/04/2021 11:08 Guigou  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,07074/100
 
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09/03/2021 00:14 NickyTBlizzad  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,65858/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.6/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.2.

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10/100
From 04/22/2021 19:17
rambling zerosihness. psychedlia
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85/100
From 06/17/2020 03:16
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.
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55/100
From 03/04/2018 15:49
This just feels so self-indulgent to me. And not in a good way.
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From 11/22/2017 21:38
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.
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From 09/13/2017 14:03
Personal favorite of mine, criminally underrated and influential.
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80/100
From 01/24/2017 15:21
Tier List for my preferences of the tracks on this album:

Top: 4
High: 2
Neutral: 1
Low: 3
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80/100
From 08/14/2016 21:26
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 ...
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100/100
From 05/10/2016 16:36
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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From 01/28/2016 16:57
Jazz/prog masterpiece. Hairymarx said it all, so I'm surprised at his relatively low rating!!!
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From 07/24/2015 17:03
This is literally a masterpiece, not of progressive music but of music in general.
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Best Albums of 1970
1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
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