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Soft Machine - Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971 (3CD)

Genre: Jazz/Rock
Release Date: 30th April 2012

Label: Reel Recordings
Catalogue Number: RR014015
Price: £19.99
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Soft Machine - Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971

That the recordings made of Britain’s Soft Machine remain as rewarding and inspirational today as the moment of their making, qualifies the groups international stature as the most expressively intelligent of rock music’s progressive epoch. Born of the Beat Generation & Beat music, sacrificed on the clichéd tracks of jazz-fusion, the music in between by the classic quartet of keyboardist Mike Ratledge, saxophonist Elton Dean (1945-2005), bass guitarist Hugh Hopper (1945-2009) and drummer Robert Wyatt is mercurial genius manifest. Still and all, a creative apex where the music attained a ‘whole greater than its sum parts’, occurred on the evening of February 28th, 1971 at the Henie Onstad Art Centre in Oslo, Norway. Here, the group was afforded a rare crucible for their collective creativity by virtue of an intimate concert space, accurate amplification, and an appreciative audience. Also in Henie Onstad for his own Art Exhibition was Soft Machine’s friend Mark Boyle (1926-2005), who projected his sensory films during this concert. Thankfully, the performance was professionally recorded using classical ambient technique, and safely archived until the Henie Onstad Art Centre, and the musicians, granted Reel Recordings the honor and responsibility to present this magnificent recording for CD release. The results sound for itself as demonstrably the finest stereo recording of Soft Machine ever captured on tape. To celebrate and contextualize this two CD release a CD ROM including extensive notes and concert photographs is included. Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971 is not simply another fascinating addition to a series of archival Soft Machine releases; it stands as nothing less than a gift for all.
Michael Ratledge: organ, electric piano
Elton Dean: alto sax, saxello, electric piano
Hugh Hopper: bass guitar, duo-fuzz pedal
Robert Wyatt: drums, cowbell, voice
Performing two sets of continuous compositions, improvisations and dynamisms
Captured in glorious Hi-Fidelity Stereophonic sound
“That’s funny, I don’t remember ever being in Oslo. Oh, hang on, yes I do… that’s right, it was a good gig!” Robert Wyatt
“I can’t remember those concerts at all, but I’m happy to know it’s a clean recording” Michael Ratledge
“Some of the band’s best playing was during our weekend in Oslo” Hugh Hopper
“Attending the Soft Machine concerts in Oslo was a life altering experience”
Hans Voigt

CD One: Facelift~Virtually~
Slightly All The Time~Fletcher’s Blemish
Total time ~ 39:20
CD Two: Neo-Caliban Grides~Out-Bloody-Rageous~Eammon Andrews~All White~Kings and Queens~Teeth~Pigling Bland~Noisette
Total Time ~ 55:18
CD ROM - Presents an extensive essay:
The Soft Machine Sound: An Electronic Acoustic Experience Examined
Including chapters on Mark Boyle’s light shows, a transcript of Soft Machine’s 1970 experimental BBC Radiophonic Workshop session, and photographs of both Mark Boyle’s art exhibition and Soft Machine’s concerts at Henie Onstad Art Centre in Oslo


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