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Soft Machine
Actuel Music Festival

1969-10-28 (Day 5)

01 Moon In June 14:39.42
02 Facelift 10:23.19
03 Eamon Andrews 7:57.61
04 Mousetrap etc 3:39.13
05 Noisette 0:38.58
06 Backwards 3:08.71
07 Mousetrap Reprise 2:01.02
08 Drumlink 0:22.06
09 Esther's Nose Job/Pig (Pigling Bland)/10.30 Returns to The Bedroom 14:18.19
00 Crowd + Robert Wyatt 0:56.63
11 Hibou, Anemone And Bear 5:13.43
12 Outro 1:07.13

Total: 64:26.35

Robert Wyatt: Drums (+ echoplex) & Vocals
Mike Ratledge: Lowrey Organ & Hohner Pianet
Hugh Hopper: Bass
Elton Dean: Alto Sax
Lyn Dobson: Soprano Sax
Marc Charig: Cornet
Nick Evans: Trombone

A composite of 3 sources:

1) Unknown source (stage mics?) used for a radio broadcast (unknown lineage). From the beginning to 4'07" of Eamon Andrews. Sound quality starts out a bit hissy, but overall is quite good. Pity the whole thing isn't in this quality.

2) An audience recording (unknown lineage). From 4'08" of Eamon Andrews to the end, except for the insertion of 3). Sound quality, poorer than 1) but not bad. Very listenable. (Taped by JJB?)

3) A short snippet (unknown lineage) from the soundtrack to the Film "Amougies Music Power" to complete Hibou, Anemone And Bear (Wyatt vocals)

The sources were individually equalized, edited, balanced, and mixed > AIFF using LogicPro 7 (Mac OS) > tracked to sector boundaries using Amadeus Pro (Mac OS) > Flac (xACT).

Notes taken from a virtually complete version of the audience recording that was torrented in December 2008 on Dime-a-Dozen.

"Many thanks to the taper JJB and original poster urich21 for their work in providing these wonderful recordings to us."

"This is the only recording in circulation of a complete concert by the shortlived septet line-up of Soft Machine. Amougies wasn't quite their debut (they played a warm-up gig in Liverpool a few days before) but this is certainly where most people heard them for the first time. Although a major change in the band's instrumentation, the addition of a brass section didn't actually alter their basic set all that much, the only composition written especially for this line-up being "Pigling Bland", the new coda to "Esther's Nosejob". Everything else (including the rare coda to "Facelift" which shows up on the September trio gig from Amsterdam) had been played by the trio (and quartet with Brian Hopper). Similarly, the fact that Robert Wyatt doesn't sing much was not so much a consequence of the enlarged line-up than one of its causes - apart from Hopper and Ratledge's new compositions being all-instrumental, Wyatt just couldn't cope with his dual role very well. Actually, the Amougies concert has some of his best live singing, particularly the "New York" sequence of "Moon In June". This was in part due to the band's recent acquisition of an Echoplex echo chamber. But most of "Moon In June", alas, is played instrumentally... but it is played very well, particularly by Ratledge who makes expert use of fuzz and wah-wah. All in all, this is a precious document of an exceptional line-up, a welcome complement to what little is available commercially (on "BBC Radio 1967-71" and "Backwards").

Apparently, the first half of this set was broadcast on radio at the time, on either the Belgian RTBF or Luxemburg's RTL, and is in circulation in bootleg form." (Note, this is referring to source 1) of the current torrent.)

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This sounds nice !
Unfortunately download from Solidfile is not the easiest to do : incredible narrow bandwidth.
I gave up after three trials...
Is it possible to upload this gem somewhere else ?
Thanks for your help
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