This album marks the first release of a live performance by Soft Machine's "Bundles" lineup, featuring a young Allan Holdsworth on guitar. The concert was originally recorded in January of 1975, and consists mostly of the Bundles material -- which was already recorded, but still unreleased at the time. Chocked full of magical moments, this CD contains over 78 minutes of incredible music.Floating World Live documents an important transitional time for Soft Machine: in the aftermath of the departure of Robert Wyatt and Elton Dean, and the subsequent addition of Karl Jenkins, John Marshall and then (albeit, briefly) Allan Holdsworth. By virtue of the radical changes, the style and repertoire of the band changed dynamically, as this impeccably-recorded and -produced (and digitally-remastered) album reveals. Reinvigorating both the international press and their huge fanbase with the retooled lineup and repertoire, the concert was very well-received and the band was inspired and in sparkling form.This important release is truly a rare gem -- documenting an important moment in the annals of progressive music -- and an essential that is not to be missed by any fans of Soft Machine and Allan Holdsworth.
released January 21, 2016
MIKE RATLEDGE: Lowrey organ, synthesizers, electric piano
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH: guitar, violin
KARL JENKINS: electric piano, keyboards, oboe, recorder, soprano sax
ROY BABBINGTON: bass guitar
JOHN MARSHALL: drums
Recorded live on January 29, 1975 in the Post-Aula in Bremen-Horn, Germany, by Radio Bremen.
Original Recording Engineer: Dietram Koster.
Remastered by Carl Snow, at Moss Hill Studio, Knoxville, TN.
Produced by Leonardo Pavkovic, by exclusive arrangements with Radio Bremen.
Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic