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Backwards
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CD

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RUNE 170CD RUNE 170CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/6/2002

"One of the most critically acclaimed, far-reaching and influential avant rock bands ever was Soft Machine, named after a novel by William Burroughs. The band was formed in Canterbury, Kent, England in 1966 by Daevid Allen (guitar), Kevin Ayers (bass/vocals), Mike Ratledge (keyboards) and Robert Wyatt (drums/vocals). Backwards is comprised of recordings from three different and intriguing eras of the band, and includes liner notes written by Canterbury music scholar Aymeric Leroy. Backwards begins with three tracks from May, 1970: a recording of the 'classic' quartet made about the time that Soft Machine had finished recording its acclaimed Third album. The recording is mono, but the sonic quality is superb; this may be the single finest recording of the quartet version of Soft Machine, surpassing even the band's official studio releases. The next two tracks on Backwards are recordings of performances from November, 1969, featuring the 'big band' septet version. Since the only other available material by this version of the band is 20' of BBC recordings, this is an invaluable addition to the band's recorded legacy. Backwards concludes with Robert Wyatt's original demo of 'Moon In June', a tune the band would later record for Third. The demo version which appears here, taken from the original acetate, was recorded in two parts and spliced together by the band."