Richard E. Barnes | 03/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was surprised at how good this album actually is. At the time of its release Elton Dean had left a new Karl Jenkins had entered the fold. Robert Wyatt and Phil Howard were gone replaced now by John Marshall. Half of this album are live tracks recorded at the very begining of this lineup the other half is a studio album. Both are transitional in that the live material show how fast karl Jenkins had taken control of the band. Hugh Hopper playing is fantastic sadly this would be his last album he would record with the Softs. The studio section show a new direction of what the band had they developed more with Hugh Hoppper gone into. This would be one of the last great classic Soft Machine albums ... Seven while good was written very hastly and the compostions were never developed properly. Shortly after the release of this album and prior to the release of Seven a rumor circulated that Soft Machine Members were to join up with John McLaughlin one can argue how good or bad that would have been. Most fans of Soft Machine will enjoy six a soild affair and a classic. This particular reissue sound quality is very good. I am comparing this to the One way release. The sound improvement is in the hiss and general brightness of the recording. It pretty much a wash if you have the japanese import copy. Each one of the reissues come with pretty much the same artwork and booklet adding information to each reissue."
The Soft's classic Six double album on one great 24-bit rema
Jason Pumphrey | Falls Church, Virginia United States | 03/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great job again Sony/BMG UK!!! The Soft Machine's "Six" album finally gets the 24-bit remastering that it truly deserves!!! Great sound all-around!!! This was originally releaesd as a 2 record album set(one record live and one record studio) in 1973,but now it's all on one nice shiny CD!!! Lots of that great one of a kind Soft Machine sound,played to perfection by John marshall,Mike Ratledge,Karl Jenkins(His debut!)and Hugh Hopper(His farewell Soft's recording)!!! Truly great prog-rock!!! A great spin!!! Two thumbs up!!! Five stars!!! A+"
This is a great album even without Robert Wyatt
BENJAMIN MILER | Veneta, Oregon | 08/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is some opinion out there that Soft Machine was never the same after Robert Wyatt departed in 1971. But with the release of their fifth album, they created another great album, without his help, and they prove it again with Six, in 1973. By this point, they included John Marshall and Welshman Karl Jenkins (Jenkins is a common Welsh surname, and he was born in Wales, as had 4-era member Nick Evans), as well as Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper. I was a bit scared to try post-Wyatt Soft Machine, but after hearing 5 and Six I was blown away. Six is a double album, one of live material, the other studio. The first disc proves how much the band is able to pull it off live, with lots of great playing. Mike Ratledge, by this point, seemed much more interested in the electric piano than the organ, but it works fine, given this is fusion. They really pull out the stops and give some great jams. I don't think Karl Jenkins had any problem filling in Elton Dean's shoes. The studio half has a more minimalist feel, especially with "The Soft Weed Factor", some might find it a bit repetitious, others find it hypnotic (I find it the latter), this how anyone might feel about minimalist music in general. But then Karl Jenkins also gives some nice sax solos to go with it, and I really like Mike Ratledge's use of electric piano. "Chloe & The Pirates" is a cut I was completely familiar with way before I ever got Six, because this cut was included on a cassette I bought at a Coast to Coast hardware store (now defunct), in Florence, Oregon (hardly prog haven), of all places, back in 1992, an Italian compilation called Rock: Storia e Musica (with a picture of Mike Ratledge on the cover), actually it only had three cuts, one from Third ("Moon in June"), 4 ("Teeth") and of course "Chloe & the Pirates". I bought that cassette because I heard of Soft Machine and not familiar with them at the time and wasn't disappointed. "Chloe & the Pirates" is a pretty tripped out piece, with strange reversed sounds (apparently the electric piano) before they get into a mellow, jazzy jam.
Don't be scared off by post-1971, post Robert Wyatt Soft Machine, as they continued making great music and Six is a great album to try!"