30 gennaio 2020

Torna in circolazione in digitale via Bandcamp - ma copie fisiche dell'album, prodotto nel 1998, sono ancora disponibili presso la casa madre Cuneiform - una delle migliori pubblicazioni postume dei Soft Machine, Virtually: contiene la storica registrazione per Radio Bremen del 23 marzo 1971 e la formazione è quella dei 'Magnifici Quattro' (Ratledge, Dean, Hopper e Wyatt).

The previously unreleased show captured on Virtually, recorded 3/23/71, presents the classic quartet Softs [Elton Dean/Mike Ratledge/Hugh Hopper/Robert Wyatt] during their final European tour & just 4 months before their dissolution. The recording [licensed from German radio & taken from the master tapes] is superb for the time period, & the performance really sparkles, with everyone shinning, although special note must be made of Robert's drumming, as he plays with more gusto on this show than most from this period. With versions of all the tracks from Fourth, most of Third and much more, this 78' release, which captures the entire concert, is absolutely essential for any Soft Machine fan.