LIVE AT THE BAKED POTATO
2. Out-Bloody-Rageous, Pt. 1
4. Hazard Profile, Pt. 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
Recorded at the Baked Potato, Los Angeles, USA on 1 February 2019 as part of the Soft Machine 50th Anniversary World Tour.
Produced by Theo Travis
John Etheridge: electric & acoustic guitars
Roy Babbington: bass guitar
John Marshall: drums, percussion
Theo Travis: tenor & soprano sax, flute, Fender Rhodes
In 2018 SOFT MACHINE released their first studio album in 37 years called Hidden Details. In support of this widely acclaimed and heralded album, John Etheridge (electric guitar), Roy Babbington (bass guitar), John Marshall (drums) and I (saxophones, flute, Fender Rhodes piano) toured the world during 2018 and 2019.
A live album from this extensive tour, recorded at The Baked Potato, Los Angeles, USA on 1 February 2019, will be out as a deluxe 180 grams coloured vinyl only release on Tonefloat from 20 March 2020. The double album contains twelve tracks across three side with a specially etched side four.
2 LP/180 gram Set with etched Side 4 limited to 200 numbered Clear Vinyl Discs
* quoted from Soft Machine website
| Live at the Baked Potato reveals
a vibrant sounding Soft Machine. The oldest tracks.
‘Out-Bloody-Rageous’ and ‘Kings and Queens’ are from 1970/71, but
sounds as if they were written yesterday. Both tracks never had a
guitar playing along, but somehow that fact doesn’t seem important
now. This Soft Machine line-up makes the music sounds fresh, new and
at the same time never looses the spirit from the old days.
Tracks like ‘Hazard Profile’, ‘The Man Who Waved at Trains’ and ‘The Tale of Taliesin’ are from 1975/1976 with Alan Holdsworth and John Etheridge on guitar. On the 1976-album both John Marshall and Roy Babbington play as well, but somehow the music from The Baked Potato is tighter than ever before. Etheridge plays with Verve and Marshall plays as fluent as ever. The solid bass comes of course from Babbington. His bass sounds are deeper now which gives the band a good anchor to improvise. Etheridge delivers us some fine, lightning like guitar playing. ‘New’ member (he never was in the old Soft Machine before) Theo Travis plays all along with keyboards, saxes and flute. He offers us some surprises by adding new sounds to the well-known tracks. Which makes it very pleasant to listen to this concert which is from Soft Machine 50th anniversary tour. A little but funny though is that the ‘old’ band now sounds better than ever before. It is like wine, it tastes better after some years of rest. Live at the Baked Potato is a good sequel to their last studio album ‘Hidden Details’. An enjoyable experience!
Paul Lemmens © 2020