Friday, December 12, 2008
Soft Machine's "Drop" is out on Moonjune. The miusic on this album is recorded on a German tour in 1971. The band is Mike Ratledge, Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper and drummer Phil Howard. Howard joined the band after Robert Wyatt was kicked out, and played for a short period, until he too was fired, and John Marshall was handed the sticks.
Howard was a pretty tough drummer (and possibly Wyatt's favorite drummer too), and may be traced in the SF discography on Soft Machine "5", "BBC 1971 -1974" and according too Graham Bennet's Soft Machine biography also on "Peel Sessions" (tracks "Drop" and "As If"), not that I am able too read anything about that on the cover. The letters on album covers seem to grow smaller every year too(don't they?).
If you need more Soft Machine records, this is a good deal. Moonjune deliver fast, and are pretty cheap (at least compared to Norwegian prices).