Soft Machine’s ‘Fourth’

Soft Machine’s ‘Fourth’ is a studio (and first all-instrumental ) album released on February 28, 1971 by CBS.

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Track Listing : 1.Teeth (Mike Ratledge) – 09:15 . 2.Kings And Queens (Hugh Hopper) – 05:02 . 3.Fletcher’S Blemish (Elton Dean) – 04:35 . 4.Virtually Part 1 (Hugh Hopper) – 05:16 . 5.Virtually Part 2 (Hugh Hopper) – 07:09 . 6.Virtually Part 3 (Hugh Hopper) – 04:33 . 7.Virtually Part 4 (Hugh Hopper) – 03:23

Musicians : Hugh Hopper – Bass Guitar . Mike Ratledge – Lowrey Organ, Hohner Piano . Robert Wyatt – Drums . Elton Dean – Alto Saxophone, Saxello . Roy Babbington – Double Bass On (1 – 3 – 4 – 6) . Mark Charig – Cornet On (2 – 3 – 4) . Nick Evans – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 4) . Jimmy Hastings – Alto Flute On (6), Bass Clarinet On (1 – 6) . Alan Skidmore – Tenor Saxophone On (1 – 6) . Soft Machine – Band

Production : Produced By Soft Machine . George Chkiantz – Engineer

Package : John Hays – Art Direction . Campbell Maccollum – Photography . Barry Plummer – Photography

Recorded October–November 1970 At Olympic Studios, London.

Released On February 28, 1971 By Cbs.

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allmusic
Certainly the band is the preface to a good portion of Chicago’s post-rock output, as the Softs undoubtedly give a nod to Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew experiments, which were going on in the U.S. at the same time. […]

Only Solitaire
Boring, generic fusion. Sorry guys – this stuff does nothing for me and never will. Wyatt’s departure was quite symbolic in that respect: the guy who probably symbolized the band’s most adventurous and eccentric side was one of the first ‘veterans’ to flee the field for good. […]

Warthur @ RateYourMusic
The difference in approach is most striking when you come to this album after listening to the absolutely blinding fusion rendition of Teeth on Grides, a live album recorded partway through the process of recording Fourth, so it’s clear that quite late in the day a sudden change in direction has been mandated. […]

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