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Soft Machine: Live at the Baked Potato

On February 1, 2019, in the midst of their 50th Anniversary World Tour, Canterbury prog/fusion legends Soft Machine stopped into the fabled Baked Potato club in Los Angeles for a sizzling set of past & recent classics that fully displayed what a tremendously viable band they still are. Comprised of John Etheridge (guitar), John Marshall (drums), Roy Babbington (bass), and Theo Travis (sax, flute, electric piano), the band dropped the 'Legacy' and went back to being just the 'softs' for their 2018 album Hidden Details and they haven't looked back since, instead continuing to build on the long legacy that has been going strong since the late 1960's.

Playing tracks old and new, Live at the Baked Potato offers up a healthy slice of all that is Soft Machine, whether it be uptempo classics such as "Out-Bloody-Rageous Pt. 1", "The Tale of Teliesin", "Hazard Profile Pt. 1" (complete with a blazing extended Etheridge solo) and the more atmospheric "Kings and Queens", or newer fare like the gorgeous "Heart Off Guard", the introspective "Broken Hill", and the alluring "Fourteen Hour Dream", there's majestic, challenging sounds in every direction. The jazzy Mike Ratledge gem "The Man Who Waved at Trains" features a stunning flute solo from Travis, and he also turns in stellar sax solo just before some free-jazz noodling from the entire band on the avant-garde "Life on Bridges". Toss in a groove laden & raucous "Hidden Details" to close out the set (complete with a scorching Etheridge guitar solo), and you have a wonderful live album from these absolute legends that is a must hear release for 2020, a year where live music probably isn't going to happen for much of the world, so check out the next best thing.

A MoonJune Record release.

Track Listing
1. Out-Bloody-Intro
2. Out-Bloody-Rageous, Part 1
3. Sideburn
4. Hazard Profile, Part 1
5. Kings and Queens
6. The Tale of Taliesin
7. Heart Off Guard
8. Broken Hill
9. Fourteen Hour Dream
10. The Man Who Waved at Trains
11. Life On Bridges
12. Hidden Details

Added: July 11th 2020
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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Soft Machine: Live at the Baked Potato
Posted by Mark Gillespie on 2020-07-13 00:33:14
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An excellent live recording worthy of the Soft Machine name. It does my heart good to know that music like this is still being created and played live.

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