This is a CD+DVD set released by Cueiform Records (Rune 395/396) on 3 Feb 2015.
This release features the band's Montreux performance, captured just a couple of weeks before Soft Machine’s studio sessions in London for Bundles. The hour-long set, licensed by Cuneiform from Eagle Rock Entertainment and the Fondation du Festival de Jazz de Montreux, is the only available visual document of Soft Machine’s Ratledge-Marshall-Jenkins-Babbington-Holdsworth line-up. Soft Machine perform the entire Bundles album live, most notably the classic “Hazard Profile” suite, augmented with individual showcases for each member as well as a collective improvisation and brief snippets from Six and Seven. As well as retracing Soft Machine’s transformation into one of the leading exponents of jazz-fusion, Switzerland 1974 provides a rare chance to witness the genesis of Allan Holdsworth’s unique, innovative and unbelievably fluid and dexterous playing, before he went on to universal acclaim with Tony Williams’ New Lifetime, the prog-rock ‘supergroup’ U.K., Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford and ultimately his own electric fusion groups.