Re-issue in digipak with 16-page booklet
This CD marks the first release of a live performance by Soft Machine's Bundles line-up featuring Allan Holdsworth on guitar. This concert, recorded forRadio Bremen in January 1975, consists of most of the Bundles material, which hadn't been released although in the can since the previous summer, plusa couple of band improvs and solo showcases for Mike Ratledge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall.
That era of the legendary UK pioneers of jazz-rock,Soft Machine, was unique in that, taking the band's long established tradition of continuous change to an extreme, when Holdsworth joined all the previousrepertoire was abandoned, literally at once, in favour of brand new material written by Karl Jenkins and, to a lesser extent, Mike Ratledge. This made thenew Soft Machine even more difficult to compare with its predecessors, and gave the band a well-deserved chance for critical reappraisal. Positivereviews again began to pour in, and 1974-75 was to prove Soft Machine's second golden age in many respects.
“Indispensable record of a band at the top of their game” - SID SMITH, MOJO MAGAZINE, UK