THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: SOFT MACHINE IN CONCERT

May 19, 2010 – 3:45 am

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SOFT MACHINE
In Concert [Oh Boy, 1CD]

Recordings from 1967, 1970? Very good soundboard.

Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, avant garde, fusion jazz and free jazz are some of the labels that have been attached to this group from Canterbury over the years.

The first three tracks, said to be from the Paris Theatre in London in 1971, show the group in the fusion jazz/free jazz mode. Some forms of jazz really dates the music, but not so with free jazz. Mainly brass driven with parts that are melodic even, the challenge and timeless appeal of the tracks is both invigorating and showed how masterful the group already was back in the early ’70s. It’s no wonder that Soft Machine was voted best small group in the Melody Maker jazz poll of 1974.

Philip Cohen adds: “This disc, from the “Oh Boy” label contains radio studio performances, probably from the BBC. However, it should be noted that no BBC versions of “Teeth”, “Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin’ “ and “I’m So Low” have appeared on any official BBC collection, that the BBC versions of “Neo Caliban”, “Out Bloody Rageous” and “Eamonn Andrews” that have appeared on official BBc collections are different from these versions. This disc makes a nice supplement to the official BBC CD collections (“BBC Radio 1967-1971” and “BBC Radio 1971-1974”).”

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

Track 01. Neo-Caliban
Track 02. Out-Bloody-Rageous
Track 03. Eamonn Andrews/Teeth
Track 04. Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin’
Track 05. I’m So Low (Jet Propelled Photographs aka Shooting At The Moon)

Members:
Robert Wyatt - drums, vocals
Mike Ratledge - organ, electric piano
Hugh Hopper - bass
Elton Dean - alto sax, saxello
Mark Charig - cornet
Ronnie Scott - tenor sax
Paul Nieman - trombone
Roy Babington - bass
Nick Evans - trombone
Alan Skidmore - Tenor sax
Daevid Allen - whistle, backing vocals
Kevin Ayers - bass, vocals

UPDATE: In spite of what the artwork says, Tracks 1-3 are recorded at the Paris Theatre, London, March 11, 1971. The complete show was reissued from Hux Records in 2005. Track 4 is the B-side from the 1967 first single and Track 5 is a demo. Track 4 is available on Out-Bloody-Rageous - An Anthology 1967 -1973. Click here to order Soft Machine’s BBC In Concert 1971 from Hux Records.

  1. 10 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: SOFT MACHINE IN CONCERT”

  2. This one is funny , It`s a boot
    … of a boot :^)
    Or so he says….
    Thing is ,I had, (I`m ALMOST sure it was this one) this “Oh Boy” boot awhile back.
    I let it go.
    Incomplete , poor audio , but a KILLER show !!!

    THING IS , the Paris Theatre in London March 11, 1971 show IS AVAILABLE . Or was , anyway. I have it. The BBC put it out on their Windsong imprint back in 1993. It`s called “BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert
    (a.k.a. “…and Heavy Friends”).

    However, the timings here ARE different … so now I will have to D/L and investigate further.
    /

    and…
    >Philip Cohen adds: “This disc, from the “Oh Boy” label contains radio studio performances, probably from the BBC. However, it should be noted that no BBC versions of “Teeth”,

    NOT TRUE. It`s on the BBC CD version.

    > and “I’m So Low” have appeared on any official BBC collection, that the BBC versions of “Neo Caliban”, “Out Bloody Rageous” and “Eamonn Andrews” that have appeared on official BBc collections are different from these versions.

    Sometimes “different” simply means editing has been applied. I will investigate.

    >This disc makes a nice supplement to the official BBC CD collections (“BBC Radio 1967-1971” and “BBC Radio 1971-1974”).”

    WHICH ARE INCREDIBLE !

    V. Dorje

    V. Dorje

    By V. Dorje on May 19, 2010

  3. OK , I just listened to both

    This is a mess . The tracks are improperly titled , and they are not fully inclusive (since this “piece” comprised a large medley of many tunes.
    So, this is a truncated version (it`s missing “Blind Badger” & “Pigling Bland”) of *one* of the most wonderful Softs shows ever ,(even despite the sad loss of vocals by Robert at this point. His drumming was at a peak of astounding & wonderful).

    Paris Theatre, London March 11, 1971 show.
    Which IS AVAILABLE, BTW,
    … (or it was , anyway). I still have it.

    BBC Windsong imprint from 1993. It`s called “BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert
    (a.k.a. “…and Heavy Friends”) , and , MAN, is it EVER a heavy one !! Fuzz bass & Lowrey freak outs of the highest order.
    “Neo Caliban Grides” also features drumming by Phil Howard (so both Robert & Phil , as on the missing track “Blind Badger”).

    BUY THE CD ! It is much more complete, & has excellent audio too.
    ESSENTIAL IN EVERY WAY

    V. Dorje

    By V. Dorje on May 19, 2010

  4. Would LOVE some more Soft Machine ;)

    By Ryan on May 19, 2010

  5. No chance to download the track :-( !???

    By Rochacrimson on May 20, 2010

  6. No, no chance, courtesy of V.Dorje whose display of erudition has shafted the rest of us without access to obscure indy labels

    By tk on May 20, 2010

  7. thanks, V.Dorje :-(

    By walter on May 22, 2010

  8. All the referenced discs are floating in cyberspace. A little elbow grease, boys.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 16, 2010

  9. Here is link for another SM discs including this Oh Boy bootleg http://carlinhosdeipanema.blogspot.com/search?q=soft+machine — but I strongly suggest everybody to check BBC In Concert 1971 CD on Hux.

    By miloo2 on Jun 17, 2010

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    By Tomas Andersson on Oct 16, 2010

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