Artist: Soft Machine
Label: Columbia
Catalog#: G 30339
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-06
A Facelift 18:54

Written-By - Hugh Hopper

B Slightly All The Time 18:14

Written-By - Mike Ratledge

C The Moon In June 19:18

Written-By - Robert Wyatt

D Out-Bloody-Rageous 19:17

Written-By - Mike Ratledge


Artwork By - John Hays
Bass - Hugh Hopper
Drums, Vocals - Robert Wyatt
Engineer - Andy Knight
Engineer - Bob Woolford
Flute, Clarinet [Bass] - Jimmy Hastings
Flute, Saxophone [Soprano] - Lyn Dobson
Organ, Piano - Mike Ratledge
Photography - Jurgen D. Ensthaler
Producer - Soft Machine
Saxophone [Alto], Saxello - Elton Dean
Trombone - Nick Evans
Violin - Rab Spall


gatefold sleeve
"Facelift" was recorded live at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, January 4th, 1970 and at Mothers Club, Birmingham, January 11th, 1970.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Soft Machine's Third album represents a significant shift from previous efforts. Their stream of consciousness songwriting had now given way to straight-out instrumental fusion. The album presents four compositions, each spanning one album side-adding to the confusion as to whether the Softs were still a rock band. The change was so intense within the group that the only vocal track, Robert Wyatt's superb "Moon in June," was recorded (the first section anyway) without participation from any other member. The change was precipitated by the arrival of a four-piece brass section, led by saxophonist Elton Dean, in late 1969. This short-lived septet was a monster, just witness live recordings of Hugh Hopper's opener "Facelift." But by the time the Softs got around to recording the album, only Dean and saxophonist Lyn Dobson remained. The version here was recorded live in January by the quintet. Mike Ratledge's "Slightly all the Time" suffers from languor and foreshadows the direction he would take the band; but his redemption comes just two sides later, in the quasi-electronic "Out-Bloody-Rageous." The album remains a landmark recording of British jazz-rock and even managed to bring the Softs onto the UK charts, resting at No. 18. Without Dobson, the quartet would soldier through one final album, Fourth, before Wyatt quit. Then, under Ratledge's exclusive direction, Soft Machine would continue in the direction of instrumental jazz-rock. In this iteration, they recorded several albums-some distinguished, some not-but all worthy of a listen. By mid-decade, however, the band would be hijacked by ex-Nucleus bandmates and contain no original members.
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