Soft Machine’s ‘Third’ is a double album (each side of the vinyl version consisting of a single composition) released on June 6, 1970 by Cbs /Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.Facelift (Hugh Hopper) – 18:45 . 2.Slightly All The Time”” (Mike Ratledge) – 18:12 .[Including: ‘Noisette’ (Hugh Hopper), ‘Backwards’ (Mike Ratledge) And ‘Noisette Reprise’ (Hugh Hopper)] . 3.Moon In June (Robert Wyatt) – 19:08 . 4.Out-Bloody-Rageous (Mike Ratledge) – 19:10
Musicians : Soft Machine – Band . Mike Ratledge – Hohner Pianet, Lowrey Organ, Piano . Hugh Hopper – Bass Guitar . Robert Wyatt – Drums, Vocals, Plus (Uncredited) Hammond Organ, Hohner Pianet, Piano, Bass On (3) . Elton Dean – Alto Saxophone, Saxello On (1 – 2 – 4) . Lyn Dobson – Soprano Saxophone, Flute On(1) . Jimmy Hastings – Flute, Bass Clarinet On(2) . Rab Spall – Violin On (3) . Nick Evans – Trombone On (4)
Production : Produced By Soft Machine . Andy Knight Engineer . Bob Woolford Engineer
Package : Jurgen D. Ensthaler – Photography . John Hays – Cover Design
Recorded (2 – 3 – 4) April–May 1970 At Ibc, London; (1) Live In Croydon And Birmingham, January 1970.
Released On June 6, 1970 By Cbs /Columbia.
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