Land of Cockayne (album)
|Land of Cockayne|
|Studio album by Soft Machine|
|Recorded||June & July 1980|
|Label||EMI EMC 3348|
|Soft Machine chronology|
Land of Cockayne is the tenth and final studio album by the Canterbury associated band Soft Machine, released in 1981. By this point, the band contained none of its original members. The title refers to the medieval land of plenty.
The album came about as the result of a project in which Karl Jenkins and John Marshall had been involved featuring top session musicians. The ad hoc band, Rollercoaster, had recently recorded the Stevie Wonder tribute album Wonderin' and decided to record another album together. Many of the musicians included on the Cockayne album would make up Soft Machine's final live line-up which played a six-night residency at Ronnie Scott's in 1984. This is the only Soft Machine album to feature a string section.
All compositions by Karl Jenkins.
- "Over 'n' Above" – 7:24
- "Lotus Groves" – 4:57
- "Isle of the Blessed" – 1:56
- "Panoramania" – 7:07
- "Behind the Crystal Curtain" – 0:53
- "Palace of Glass" – 3:22
- "Hot-Biscuit Slim" – 7:27
- "(Black) Velvet Mountain" – 5:10
- "Sly Monkey" – 5:00
- "A Lot of What You Fancy..." – 0:35
- Additional personnel
- Jack Bruce – bass
- Allan Holdsworth – lead guitar
- John Taylor – electric piano
- Ray Warleigh – alto saxophone, bass flute
- Dick Morrissey – tenor saxophone
- Alan Parker – rhythm guitar
- Stu Calver – vocals, backing vocals
- John G. Perry – vocals, backing vocals
- Tony Rivers – vocals, backing vocals
- "The Land of Cockayne - Soft Machine | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Bennett, Graham Soft Machine: Out-Bloody-Rageous SAF Publishing Ltd, 2005 ISBN 0-946719-84-5 ISBN 978-0-946719-84-6 at Google Books