November 17, 2012 – 6:29 pm

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Breda 1971 [A TomP Remaster, 2CD]

Live at Het Turfschip, Breda, The Netherlands; March 15, 1971 (some list this as March 21, 1971). Good to very good soundboard.

Here’s some cutting edge prog rock/avant jazz (?) that’s still as biting today as it was then.

Thanks to T taper; uploader Patabubu and to TomP (Tom Phillips) who remastered the tracks and shared them at Dime. The efforts are well appreciated.

TomP notes:

I’ve retracked the post by Patabubu (to the details from urich21) and done quite a lot of remastering.

I had thought I’d finished, but then I found an excellent noise print that not only allowed good reduction of noise, hum and the annoying clicking on the left channel, but also IMHO significantly improved the stereo image (the echoplexes are now audible) and the harsh sound (mentioned in OP comments) in high level parts is much improved.

It is a super performance and probably the best quality of the recent early 1971 posts - again making one sad that this great music was apparently hated by 3/4 of this band and the cause of their split just a few months later.

Soundboard >
unknown >
Reel to Reel 7 1/2 ips >
Playback Deck: Akai GX-747 >
Nikko 32 Band EQ >
Akai DR16 Digital Hard Disk Recorder >
HHB CDR-800 Compact Disc Recorder >
CDR > WAV >CD Wave Editor > FLAC

Changes Made (Nero 7):
Remastered & Retracked to match set list/date kindly supplied by our expert urich21

Change details:

Cross-mixed channels (96:4 ratio)
- Improved instrument clarity and dynamics, especially drums
- Improved stereo image
- A little more incidental noise reduction

Phase correction, 0.15msec disk1, 0.10msec disk2
- Moved instruments from extreme L / R towards the the middle stereo ‘hole’
- Separated intruments more in the mix
- Instruments clearer
- A little incidental noise reduction

Noise print NR, at low setting so music quality is not affected
- Noise improved significantly
- Annoying clicking and hum much improved
- Stereo soundfield improved, can now hear echoplexes in the background

Sorted the balance offset from near the end of d2tr03 to after the beginning of d2tr05
Centred stereo image by 3-6% reduction of right channel
Fixed volume variations of around 1-2dB within tracks
Fixed glitches at 0.03 d2tr03, 0.04 d2tr08
Sorted volume variation at beginning of d2tr01
Increased volume of all disk2 tracks by +2dB
Improved the tape fluctuation at the end of d2tr10
Mid +1dB EQ to better balance higher levels at frequency extremes

Thanks also to davies51 for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (30:51)
Track 101. Facelift (9:00) (14.2MB)
Track 102. Virtually (8:59) (14.3MB)
Track 103. Slightly All The Time (9:21) (14.9MB)
Track 104. Fletcher’s Blemish (3:30) (5.6MB)

Disc 2 (63:04)
Track 201. Neo Caliban Grides (9:24) (15.0MB)
Track 202. Out-Bloody-Rageous (12:06) (19.3MB)
Track 203. Vocal improvisation (4:07) (6.6MB)
Track 204. Eamonn Andrews (1:22) (2.1MB)
Track 205. All White (3:41) (5.9MB)
Track 206. Kings And Queens (4:39) (7.4MB)
Track 207. Teeth (10:35) (16.9MB)
Track 208. Pigling Bland (4:45) (7.6MB)
Track 209. Applause (2:16) (3.6MB)
Track 210. Robert Wyatt excuse for no encore (1:24) (2.2MB)
Track 211. (Encore?) Slightly (9/4) > Noisette (8:34) * (13.8MB)
* Moved from before applause/excuse sections as urich21 says this was usually done as an encore

Robert Wyatt - drums, vocals
Mike Ratledge - keyboards, piano
Hugh Hopper - bass
Elton Dean - saxophones, piano

On January 4, 1970, Soft Machine recorded live and later released the Noisette album. Click here to order Noisette.

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  1. 6 Responses to “SOFT MACHINE - THE NETHERLANDS 1971”

  2. Well, great! This version is much better than the bootleg “Breda 1971″ (which has a wrong tracklist!), and much more improved in terms of sound quality.


    By tonibin on Nov 17, 2012

  3. if i was black and i lived here id want to be a big man in the fbi, or, the cia.
    my favourite soft machine lyric and song. mmm hmm.

    By mahatmacanejeeves on Nov 17, 2012

  4. Tnaks so much for this addition to my Wyatt Era live Softs. Loved their work since I saw them open for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Quite a night. A 2CD set called “Breda Reactor” is also available from a different show in the same city. Great job, TomP, on remastering.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Nov 20, 2012

  5. Great show from the “classic quartet” of this evolving lineup.

    By Bernestalketr on Nov 21, 2012

  6. I was at a concert of the same dutch tour in Enschede. Lucky me.

    By Gerard on Dec 3, 2012

  7. Hi,This is truly a marvellous performance, from my favourite era of the band. However I am confused by your statement “this great music was apparently hated by 3/4 of this band and the cause of their split just a few months later”.. I thought 3/4 of the band preferred this modern jazz style, and it was Robert Wyatt only who preferred the avant garde style music complete with his vocals.

    By Ian on Jan 19, 2017

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