June 24, 2020 Playlist

"Third" by Soft Machine (1970)
Soft Machine "Third"  1970 (UK)
Soft Machine recorded eleven records over a 50 year span beginning in 1968, though the last original member quit back in 1976! Some (like me) would say that the "real" Soft Machine ended with the departure of drummer & singer Robert Wyatt following their fourth album (called Fourth obviously); which they didn't let him sing on (or else he had stopped caring by that point). It was the least interesting of their first four records, but the first three were a lot to live up to. I've already inducted their classic first and second albums into the hall of fame, and their third is in some ways their most ambitious. I guess it depends on whether you like your psychedelic/avant-garde jazz fusion rock in side-long suites of short tunes (their first two albums) or side-long epic single songs: Third is a double album with one track per side. By far the best of the four sides is Wyatt's "Moon In June" which is arguably his masterpiece.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
CaravanGolf GirlIn The Land Of Grey And Pink1971UK
EggA Visit To Newport HospitalThe Polite Force1971UK
Once & Future Band The End And The BeginningDeleted Scenes (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Mr. Elevator Bamboo ForestGoodbye, Blue Sky (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Horse Lords Integral AccidentThe Common Task (N)2020 (Northern Spy)USA
The Orb Honey MooniesAbolition Of The Royal Familia (N)2020 (Cooking Vinyl)UK
Soft MachineMoon In JuneThird
Soft MachineHope For Happiness
 --> Joy Of A Toy
--> Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
The Soft Machine1968UK
Robert WyattSea SongRock Bottom1974UK
Hatfield & The NorthMumpsThe Rotter's Club1975UK
National HealthLethargy Shuffle Part 2Missing Piecesrec. 1975-1979, rel. 1996UK
Herbie HancockQuasarCrossings1971USA
Achim ReichelTurbulenzen ("Turbulence")Autovision1974Germany
DomEdge Of TimeEdge Of Time1972Germany
ClusterLive In Der FabrikCluster II1972Germany
Masayuki Takayanagi & New DirectionsThe Galactic SystemIndependence: Tread On Sure Ground1970Japan
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