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Soft Machine Legacy

Live At The New Morning: Paris Concert DVD

Review by Ron Fuchs

The Soft Machine Legacy has recorded several of their shows including The 40th Year Jubilee Celebration performance at the “New Morning” club in Paris, France on December 12th 2005.

Sadly months later, member Elton Dean passed away. The Paris gig was released onto DVD, as a fitting tribute to a great musician. It’s very sad that he’s gone but he will always be with his fans on this and other recordings. So in essence, he’s immortalized, as a legend.

Soft Machine Legacy is basically a band of musicians that graced various line-ups of legendary band Soft Machine. It could be looked upon as the best of all eras rolled up into one.

Aside from the main concert John Etheridge is featured in the twenty-minute interview. Also every member of the band reflects on what it was like to be in Soft Machine as well as the formation of Soft Machine Legacy.

Soft Machine Legacy revisits songs such as “Kings & Queens” as well as a reworked version of “As If” retitled “Has Riff.” I believe that this DVD is an essential buy for fans of Soft Machine and the individual musicians. The nearly two-hour performance is worth the price of the admission alone. It’s something wonderful for those who weren’t able to see them in concert and equally wonderful for those that were there.

The concert has also been released onto a 2 CD set for those who only want the audio portion of the show. If you’re a fan of any era of Soft Machine, then this is a no brainer as a purchase of either the DVD and or the CD. In fact get both!

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This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 5 at

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