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Matching Mole – Smoke Signals

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Matching Mole was the band formed by drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt after he left Soft Machine in July, 1971. Soft Machine were hugely popular in France, and Robert got the name of his new band as a play on the French translation of Soft Machine: Machine Molle. What eventually became the first Matching Mole album was begun as a solo album. Midway through recording, he was joined by guitarist Phil Miller (Delivery, Hatfield & The North, National Health), organist Dave Sinclair (Caravan), bassist Bill MacCormick (Phil Manzanera’s 801) and guest electric pianist Dave MacRae.

These recordings became their self titled first album, released in early 1972. Sinclair left soon after and MacRae joined full time. This quartet performed often throughout Europe, and recorded a second album, Little Red Record, which was released in fall,1972. Soon after, Robert decided that he did not want the responsibilities of being a band leader & broke up the band. Smoke Signals compiles all previously unreleased performances from the band’s most intense gigging period, the spring of 1972, and has been assembled to replicate their continuous concert set. The band’s sound is an unique take on fusion with interesting structures.
Bass Bill MacCormick
Drums, Vocals Robert Wyatt
Edited By [Digital Editing], Remastered By Matt Murman, Steven Feigenbaum
Electric Piano Dave McRae*
Guitar Phil Miller
Concept By [This CD Was Conceived By], Edited By Michael King (9)
Coordinator [Release Coordination] Steven Feigenbaum
Design [Packaging Realized By] Doo-Dooettes, The
Liner Notes Aymeric Leroy
Artwork [Sculptures (After Alan Cracknell’s Illustration)], Art Direction, Design Tom Recchion
Photography By [Of Moles] Fredrik Nilsen
Recorded in Europe during 1972