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Land of Cockayne
is the final album by the band Soft Machine
Soft Machine were an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre...
, released in 1981. By this point, the band contained none of its original members. The title refers to the medieval land of plenty
Cockaigne or Cockayne is a medieval mythical land of plenty, an imaginary place of extreme luxury and ease where physical comforts and pleasures are always immediately at hand and where the harshness of medieval peasant life does not exist...
The album came about as the result of a project based around top session musicians in which Jenkins and Marshall had been involved. The ad hoc band, Rollercoaster, had recently recorded the Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris , better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist...
tribute album Wonderin'
Wonderin’ is a tribute album featuring jazz-funk cover versions of Stevie Wonder songs. It was recorded by the ad hoc band Rollercoaster made up of leading UK session and jazz musicians based around British jazz-rock bands of the 60s and 70s such as Soft Machine, Blue Mink and Nucleus.It was...
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.
- "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
- Karl Jenkins
-Other works:*Adiemus: Live — live versions of Adiemus music*Palladio *Eloise *Imagined Oceans *The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace...
– keyboards, synths
- John Marshall
John Stanley Marshall, better known as John Marshall, born 28 August 1941 in Isleworth, Middlesex, is an English drummer. He was a founding member of the jazz rock band Nucleus and has worked with various other jazz and rock bands and musicians, among them J.J...
– drums, percussion
- Jack Bruce
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- Allan Holdsworth
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– lead guitar
- John Taylor
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– electric piano
- Ray Warleigh
Raymond 'Ray' Kenneth Warleigh , is a leading UK-based alto saxophonist and flautist...
– alto saxophone, bass flute
- Dick Morrissey
Richard Edwin "Dick" Morrissey was a British jazz musician and composer. He played the tenor sax, soprano sax and flute.- Background :...
– tenor saxophone
- Alan Parker
Alan Parker is a British guitarist and composer. Parker was trained by Julian Bream at London’s Royal Academy of Music....
– rhythm guitar
- Stu Calver
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– backing vocals
- John Perry
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– backing vocals
- Tony Rivers
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– backing vocals