Released in 1970, Third marks a major turning point in the Soft Machine sound. Gone for the most part are the collage-like art pop compositions, playful surrealism and intricate vocal passages marking their first two full-lengths. The band is now messing around with fusion, atonality, electronic music, musique concrete, minimal drone and repetition. On top of all this, the grooves are heavier and way more severe. By the seven-minute mark of the first piece, "Facelift," you know you're in for one hell of a ride; Mike Ratledge's searing organ and Elton Dean's sax-skronk are just going at it.