Soft Machine, The / Backwards
Album: Backwards   Collection:General
Artist:Soft Machine, The   Added:Apr 2002
Label:Cuneiform Records  

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 21, 2009: Brownian Motion
Moon in June
4. Mar 31, 2004: Stirling's Approximation
Moon in June
2. Nov 05, 2008: Brick
Moon in June
5. Dec 05, 2002: The Subterranean Giraffe
Moon in June
3. Jun 26, 2007: Lost and Found
Moon in June
6. Aug 16, 2002: Dead Air Rescue
Moon in June

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2002-06-05
Excellent previously unreleased recordings from 1969-70 of earth-shattering English prog. Robert Wyatt led this band giving birth to all things technical and intense. For fans of early Zappa/Mothers jams, strange early Pink Floyd, bitches brew, King Crimson. Wyatt went on to do a quickie in the form of Matching Mole a record that the station amazingly has along with an excellent original Soft Machine catalog. Check it out if you don’t check this amazing cd out. Wyatt ended up falling off a balcony and becoming wheelchair bound in the mid 70’s, but continues to write and produce to this day, including super hip stuff on the Rough Trade label in the late 70’s.

1) mellow abstract synth intro, kicks into jams after 4 min, long
2) straight ahead driving prog jam, ends with heavily treated vocs
3) very zappa’ish w/ timing and sax
4) prog jazz jam
5) psych start to very brass prog jazz jam
6) vocs, psyche feel, swingy in places, noisy and weird in others, lo-fi rescued acetate recording (see liner notes), floydish

Track Listing
1. Facelift   4. Facelift
2. Moon in June   5. Hibou Anemone and Bear
3. Esthers Nose Job   6. Moon in June