The Daevid Allen Trio

Live 1963

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This disc features one of the earliest line-ups of The Soft Machine playing at the Marquee Club in London (where The Who would soon make their reputation). The music is not easy listening by any means and can only be recommended to die-hard fans of Canterbury groups. The liner notes feature fond reminiscences by Daevid Allen and gentle caveats by Hugh Hopper. Despite the occasionally amateurish playing and musical pretensiousness of the group members (at the time of this recording they claimed to be strictly jazz fans), the disc is an important historical document and should be seen as such. Parts of the songs appear in later Gong recordings, and Daevid Allen continues reciting poetry and anecdotes between songs during his live performances.

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