Another fine example is the stellar version of „Facelift“ that kicks off disc two with elastic drum work by Marshall and a burning solo by Dean. All in all, though, these are ensemble performances, the sound of a band working together to get to they know not where but knowing how to travel. Highly recommended.“
– Thom Jurek / AllMusic
The Soft Machine line-up of Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, John Marshall and Mike Ratledge lasted under half a year and recorded just one half of an album (side two of „5“).
Live in Paris is a rare recording of this quartet during that lineup’s final days; Dean left Soft Machine later that month. It is also a special, rare example of a Soft Machine concert recorded and released in its entirety.
Live in Paris shows Soft Machine playing in top form. As Aymeric Leroy points out in the liner notes, „the music illustrates main composers Ratledge and Hopper’s shift in compositional style towards looser and more minimalistic themes.“
The tracklist consists of works from „Third“ and „5“ in often significantly different versions, as well as several pieces not recorded elsewhere.
This excellent quality release is taken from the less than 2 dozen shows performed by this version of the band, and shows that despite such a short life, that this version of the quartet definitely had their own style and sound.
Elton Dean – saxello, alto sax, electric piano
Hugh Hopper – bass
John Marshall – drums
Mike Ratledge – electric piano, organ
Recorded at The Olympia, Paris, France on May 2, 1972.
Digital mastering by Michael King at Sounds Good.
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