THE SOFT MACHINE THE SOFT MACHINE 150g LP
The first two albums by Englandís legendary Soft Machine, originally released
in 1968 and 1969, remain among the most innovative and influential releases of
that musically fertile era. These seminal LPs offered a visionary
psychedelic-progressive-jazz-rock mix that helped to make the Soft Machine one
of Britainís first significant underground bands, as well as a key force in the
birth of both progressive rock and jazz-rock.
A product of the same fabled Canterbury scene that spawned such beloved cult
acts as Caravan and Hatfield and the North, the Soft Machine was the rare
art-rock combo whose members possessed the instrumental skills to execute their
ambitious musical ideas, as well as a playful sense of humor that balanced the
bandís complex compositions and adventurous improvisations. By the time they
began making albums, the Soft Machine was already a sensation in the budding
U.K. rock underground, thanks to their now-legendary performances at such fabled
London clubs as the UFO, the Speakeasy, and Middle Earth, where they shared
stages with the likes of Pink Floyd and Tomorrow.
The Soft Machine, co-produced by Chas Chandler and Tom Wilson, announced the
bandís arrival on the international scene in fine style. With an unusual
three-man lineup comprised of Kevin Ayers on bass and vocals, Robert Wyatt on
drums and vocals, and Mike Ratledge on keyboards, the album was recorded in New
York, while the band was touring North America with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
In contrast to the extended pieces that would later dominate the Soft Machineís
repertoire, the album focuses on shorter, more concise songs that nonetheless
provide plenty of room for the musicians to demonstrate their varied abilities.
This landmark vinyl gem has been out of print for decades, but now is back in
this meticulously packaged Sundazed edition. Mastered from the original analog
tapes and pressed on pristine high-definition vinyl, this lovingly restored LP
sounds as powerful and imaginative as ever.
ē High Definition Vinyl
ē Gatefold jacket
1. Hope for Happiness
2. Joy of a Toy
3. Hope for Happiness (Reprise)
4. Why Am I So Short?
5. So Boot If at All
6. A Certain Kind
7. Save Yourself
9. Lullabye Letter
10. We Did It Again
11. Plus Belle Quíune Poubelle
12. Why Are We Sleeping?
13. Box 25/4 Lid