pcqgod wrote:algroth wrote:I would seriously debate the claim that Soft Machine's players are individually better musicians than those who've been through Crimso. I mean, you take the likes of Fripp, Bill Brufford, Mike Giles, Tony Levin, John Wetton and more, and these all rank on the highest tier of their respective instruments, rock or otherwise. Personally I like hearing good musicians play but in this regard Crimso wins out, because they play with notes as much as textures and ideas.
I didn't mean to suggest that Softs were necessarily better musicians. KC has obviously had amazing musicians in its ranks throughout its history. My point was more about how later Soft Machine albums are basically pure, instrumental jazz-rock, and more and more I'm in the mood to hear expertly performed instrumental rock without the need for power chords, bombast and (often silly) lyrics.
You know both good points here. In my eyes KC musicians were better musicians. However, the difference here for KC and Soft Machine is what I'm in the mood for. Sometimes its KC (then again depends on the era) other times Soft Machine. Both outstanding bands.