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(2004/Big Beat) 30 tracks 1968-69. One of Ace Records’ biggest selling titles, the twofer of... more

The Soft Machine: Volumes One & Two (CD)

(2004/Big Beat) 30 tracks 1968-69.
One of Ace Records’ biggest selling titles, the twofer of this seminal British prog-psych outfit’s first pair of long players is testament to the quirky edge the original Machine had in their earliest incarnation(s). The Canterbury legend’s first album, recorded whilst on tour in the US in 1968, and not issued in the UK until Big Beat licensed it in the 1980s, features the spiky songcraft of founder member Kevin Ayers; its sequel introduced another bass-playing writing talent, Hugh Hopper. On both sets, the inventive keyboard of Mike Ratledge and distinctive voice of Robert Wyatt seal the enduring appeal of this cornerstone outfit. (AP)

Article properties: The Soft Machine: Volumes One & Two (CD)

  • Interpret: The Soft Machine

  • Album titlle: Volumes One & Two (CD)

  • Label BIG BEAT

  • Year of publication 2004
  • Genre Beat

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667492027

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Soft Machine - Volumes One & Two (CD) CD 1
01 Hope For Happiness
02 Joy Of A Toy
03 Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
04 Why Am I So Short?
05 So Boot If At All
06 A Certain Kind
07 Save Yourself
08 Priscilla
09 Lullabye Letter
10 We Did It Again
11 Plus Belle Qu'Une Poubelle
12 Why Are We Sleeping?
13 4 Lid Box 25
14 Pataphysical Introduction [Part 1]
15 A Concise British Alphabet [Part 1]
16 Hibou, Anemone And Bear
17 A Concise British Alphabet [Part 2]
18 Hulloder
19 Dada Was Here
20 Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
21 Have You Ever Bean Green?
22 Pataphysical Introduction [Part 2]
23 Out Of Tunes
24 As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
25 Dedicated to you, but you weren't listening
26 Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
27 Pig
28 Orange Skin Food
29 A Door Opens And Closes
30 10:30 returns to the bedroom
Soft Machine evolved through various jazz-oriented per-sonnel. The group took their name from... more
"The Soft Machine"

Soft Machine evolved through various jazz-oriented per-sonnel. The group took their name from William Bur-roughs' novel after Australian guitarist, Daevid Allen, brought the influence of Terry Riley and tape-loops to the basic Kentish line-up of Kevin Ayers (bass, vocals), Mike Ratledge (keyboards, born 1943) and Robert Wyatt (drums, vocals).

They appeared regularly opposite the Pink Floyd in London, participated in a couple of abortive recording ses-sions in 1967, and presented their music (free improvisation over a rock base, plus vocals) in France with great success. Allen was refused re-entry to Britain because of visa and passport difficulties, and it was as a trio that the band under-took a gruelling American tour with Jimi Hendrix in 1968; they broke up after cutting their first LP for Probe in New York. When the album proved successful, they re-formed with Hugh Hopper (born 1945, a sympathetic sideman from. the days when they called themselves the Wilde Flowers) re-placing Ayers on bass. More albums (on CBS /Columbia) followed, featuring Wyatt's songs and Ratledge's angular experiments with time-signatures.

Four jazz hornmen were added for a French tour, and saxophonist Elton Dean stayed with them; their now strongly jazz-influenced sound, with fewer Wyatt vocals, represented rock at the London classical music Proms in 1970, and Wyatt left to form Matching Mole in September, 1971, shortly after an appearance at the New-port Jazz Festival. The jazz flavour remained, with Phil Howard then John Marshall on drums, Roy Babbington re-placing Hopper, and Karl Jenkins (keyboards, oboe and baritone saxophone) replacing Dean; on the Six album, jazz riff structures and Rileyesque pieces rub shoulders. More recently, jazz guitarist and violinist Alan Holdsworth has injected a slightly more urgent feeling into their brilliantly Played, carefully structured improvised rock, as on their 1975 Harvest album.

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Tracklist
Soft Machine - Volumes One & Two (CD) CD 1
01 Hope For Happiness
02 Joy Of A Toy
03 Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
04 Why Am I So Short?
05 So Boot If At All
06 A Certain Kind
07 Save Yourself
08 Priscilla
09 Lullabye Letter
10 We Did It Again
11 Plus Belle Qu'Une Poubelle
12 Why Are We Sleeping?
13 4 Lid
14 Pataphysical Introduction [Part 1]
15 A Concise British Alphabet [Part 1]
16 Hibou, Anemone And Bear
17 A Concise British Alphabet [Part 2]
18 Hulloder
19 Dada Was Here
20 Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
21 Have You Ever Bean Green?
22 Pataphysical Introduction [Part 2]
23 Out Of Tunes
24 As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
25 Dedicated to you, but you weren't listening
26 Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
27 Pig
28 Orange Skin Food
29 A Door Opens And Closes
30 10:30 returns to the bedroom