Soft Machine - Bundles

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1975 UK Original With Die-Cut Yellow Card Inner Sleeve. LP Appears Unplayed. A-1U/B-1U Stampers. Their First Album That Featured Guitarist Allan Holdsworth. “Holdsworth Provided The Band Exactly The Jolt It Required; Contrast Bundles With Seven, The Comparatively Lackluster Final Columbia LP, Which Had The Same Lineup As Bundles Minus The Guitarist. Jenkins Could Be A Rather Mild And Unassertive Reed Player, Leaving It To The Ever Reliable Mike Ratledge's Keyboards To Take Up The Slack. But By The Time Of Bundles, Ratledge Himself Was Beginning To Retreat; He Had Apparently Decided To Mothball His Old Fuzz Organ, Favoring Full-Chord Fills When Comping And Analog Synth For His Solo On "Hazard Profile, Pt. 5." Given Ratledge's Diminishing Role, The Decision To Add Holdsworth To The Band Came None Too Soon. Aside From The Guitarist, Soft Machine's Most Incendiary Player On Bundles Turned Out To Be Drummer Marshall, Powerful On The Straightaway And Atmospheric While Taking Center Stage On "Four Gongs Two Drums." As For The Material Itself, Principal Composer Jenkins -- Who Had Been Gradually Taking Over The Conceptual Reins Since His First Appearance On Six -- Had An Ability To Write Sleek And Streamlined Jazz-Rock That Still Managed To Recall The Band's Past, Particularly In His Penchant For Odd Rhythmic Permutations ("Bundles") And Ethereal, Minimalist-Influenced Keyboard Ostinatos ("The Floating World") That Harked Back To Ratledge's Tape Experimentation On Third.” Dave Lynch, AMG.

Artist: Soft Machine Title: Bundles Genre: Prog Type: Used - LP Label: Harvest Catalog ID: SHSP 4044 Country: UK Our ID: 98455
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