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The Soft Machine (also titled "Volume One" as a reissue) is the debut album by the British jazz rock band Soft Machine, released in 1968. Founded in 1966, Soft Machine (one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene) recorded and released this studio album during their 1968 tour of the USA. It was produced by Chas Chandler and Tom Wilson. The work on this album was one of the essential roots in progressive rock and jazz-fusion.

Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей The Soft Machine. From the jazzy and melodic first Suite of this marvelous release to the more complex side two, the second studio Album from the Soft Machine is nothing but pure imagination.

A wild, freewheeling, and ultimately successful attempt to merge psychedelia with jazz-rock, Soft Machine's debut ranges between lovingly performed oblique pop songs and deranged ensemble playing from drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt, bassist Kevin Ayers and organist Mike Ratledge. With only one real break (at the end of side one), the songs merge into each other - not always smoothly, but always with a sense of flair that rescues any potential miscues. Wyatt takes most of the vocals, and proves himself a surprisingly evocative singer despite his lack of range.

Listen to music from Soft Machine like Hazard Profile Part 1, A Certain Kind & more. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Soft Machine. Soft Machine was a pioneering psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz band from Canterbury, United Kingdom, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury Scene. The band originally consisted of Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen and Mike Ratledge, most of whom were former members of The Wilde Flowers in 1966.

This Soft Machine discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Soft Machine albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Soft Machine singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

Soft Machine thanks The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with whom they had just toured through the USA in 1968. As Jimi's opening band they were exposed to large crowds for the first time. The title of this song is a play on the soulful plaint in the song Are You Experienced?, "Have you ever been experienced?". Retrieved 25 July 2011. Bennett, G. Soft Machine: Out-Bloody-Rageous. London: SAF Publishing Lt. 1993, p. 163. ^ "Hugh Hopper - 1962-1972".

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Hope For Happiness
Written-By – H. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
4:20
A2 Joy Of A Toy
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
2:49
A3 Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
Written-By – H. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
1:37
A4 Why Am I So Short?
Written-By – H. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
1:38
A5 So Boot If At All
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
7:22
A6 A Certain Kind
Written-By – H. Hopper*
4:10
B1 Save Yourself
Written-By – R. Wyatt*
2:25
B2 Priscilla
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
1:05
B3 Lullabye Letter
Written-By – K. Ayers*
4:37
B4 We Did It Again
Written-By – K. Ayers*
3:46
B5 Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
Written-By – K. Ayers*
1:01
B6 Why Are We Sleeping?
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
5:31
B7 Box 25/4 Lid
Written-By – H. Hopper*, M. Ratledge*
0:47
Rivmic Melodies
C1 Pataphysical Introduction - Part I
Written-By – R. Wyatt*
1:00
C2 A Concise British Alphabet - Part I
Arranged By – R. Wyatt*Written-By – H. Hopper*
0:10
C3 Hibou Anemone And Bear
Written-By – M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
5:58
C4 A Concise British Alphabet - Part II
Arranged By – R. Wyatt*Written-By – H. Hopper*
0:12
C5 Hulloder
Arranged By – R. Wyatt*Written-By – H. Hopper*
0:52
C6 Dada Was Here
Arranged By – R. Wyatt*Written-By – H. Hopper*
3:25
C7 Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
Arranged By – R. Wyatt*Written-By – H. Hopper*
0:47
C8 Have You Ever Bean Green?
Arranged By – R. Wyatt*Written-By – H. Hopper*
1:23
C9 Pataphysical Introduction - Part II
Written-By – R. Wyatt*
0:50
C10 Out Of Tunes
Written-By – H. Hopper*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
2:30
Esther's Nose Job
D1 As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
Written-By – M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
2:30
D2 Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
Written-By – H. Hopper*
2:30
D3 Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
1:50
D4 Pig
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
2:08
D5 Orange Skin Food
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
1:52
D6 A Door Opens And Closes
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
1:09
D7 10.30 Returns To The Bedroom
Written-By – H. Hopper*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
4:14

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Published By – Emm-Jay Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Sea-Lark Enterprises, Inc.
  • Published By – Miller Music Inc.
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria

Credits

  • Art Direction – Peter Whorf
  • Compilation Producer [Re-Produced For Two-Fer's By] – Don Thorn
  • Design [Album Design] – Tim Bryant
  • Illustration – Ed Scarisbrick

Notes

Non-gatefold cover

℗ 1973, ABC Records, Inc. / ABC Records, Inc. © 1973, Los Angeles, California 90048, New York, New York, 10019, Printed in U.S.A.

Publishing:
Record 1 - All songs published by Emm Jay Music, Inc. (BMI)
C1, C3, C9 to D1, D3 to D7 - Sea-Lark Ent., Inc./Emm Jay Music, Inc. (BMI)
C2, C4 to C8, D2 - Miller Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Catalog numbers:
RSSD 964-2 - Cover
RSSD-964/2 - Labels

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): RSSD-964-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): RSSD-964-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side C): RSSD-964-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side D): RSSD-964-D
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched side A): RSSD 964A ① H 13 B 1 S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched side B): 1 RSSD-964B ① H B2 S
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched side C): 1 RSSD 964 C ② H A1 S
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched side D): RSSD 964 D ① H A2 S

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ABCD 602 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine Collection ‎(LP, Album, RE + LP, Album, RE + Comp) ABC Records ABCD 602 UK 1973
AN99-0414 Soft Machine Volume 1 & Volume 2 ‎(CD, Comp, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova AN99-0414 Russia 1999
60 113, 60 113-0 Soft Machine 1 & 2 (Architects Of Space Time) ‎ ‎(2xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 60 113, 60 113-0 Europe Unknown
CDWIKD 920 The Soft Machine* Volumes One And Two ‎(CD, Comp, RE, Sou) Big Beat Records CDWIKD 920 UK Unknown
460 113 Soft Machine 1 & 2 (Architects Of Space Time) ‎(Cass, Comp, RE) Atlantic 460 113 France 1977

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Hope For Happiness
Written By – B. Hopper, K. Ayers, M. RatledgeWritten-By – B. Hopper*
4:20
A2 Joy Of A Toy
Written By – K. Ayers, M. Ratledge
2:49
A3 Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
Written By – B. Hopper, K. Ayers, M. RatledgeWritten-By – B. Hopper*
1:37
A4 Why Am I So Short?
Written By – H. Hopper, K. Ayers, M. RatledgeWritten-By – H. Hopper*
1:38
A5 So Boot If At All
Written By – K. Ayers, M. Ratledge, R. Wyatt
7:22
A6 A Certain Kind
Written-By – H. Hopper*
4:10
B1 Save Yourself
Written By – R. Wyatt
2:25
B2 Priscilla
Written By – M. Ratledge, K. Ayers, R. Wyatt
1:05
B3 Lullabye Letter
Written By – K. Ayers
4:37
B4 We Did It Again
Written By – K. Ayers
3:46
B5 Plus Belle Qu'Une Poubelle
Written By – K. Ayers
1:01
B6 Why Are We Sleeping?
Written By – K. Ayers, M. Ratledge, R. Wyatt
5:31
B7 Box 25/4 Lid
Written By – M. Ratledge, H. HopperWritten-By – H. Hopper*
0:47

Credits

  • Design [Cover Design] – Byron Goto, Eli Allman, Henry Epstein
  • Drums – Robert Wyatt
  • Lead Guitar – Kevin Ayres*
  • Liner Notes – Arnold Shaw
  • Organ – Mike Ratledge
  • Producer – Chas Chandler, Tom Wilson
  • Written-By – K. Ayers* (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B6), M. Ratledge* (tracks: A1 to A5, B2, B6, B7), R. Wyatt* (tracks: A5, B1, B2, B6)

Notes

Was released as Dutch record with U.S. sleeve

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Run Out, Side 1): CPLP- 4500 AS - 2LW
  • Matrix / Runout (Run Out, Side 2): CPLP- 4500 B SB - 5B-255

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Probe, Probe CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 US 1968
532 050-5 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Polydor, Universal UMC 532 050-5 UK Unknown
CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Probe, Probe CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 Canada 1968
UICY-20052 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(CD, Album, Mono, RE, SHM) Polydor UICY-20052 Japan 2010
920 082, 0920082, 0920 082 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(LP, Album) Barclay, Barclay, Barclay 920 082, 0920082, 0920 082 France 1969

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Hope For Happiness
Written-By – B. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
4:22
2 Joy Of A Toy
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
2:56
3 Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
Written-By – B. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
1:31
4 Why Am I So Short?
Written-By – H. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
2:33
5 So Boot If At All
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
2:33
6 A Certain Kind
Written-By – H. Hopper*
4:08
7 Save Yourself
Written-By – R. Wyatt*
2:26
8 Priscilla
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
1:05
9 Lullabye Letter
Written-By – K. Ayers*
4:26
10 We Did It Again
Written-By – K. Ayers*
3:40
11 Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
Written-By – K. Ayers*
1:05
12 Why Are We Sleeping?
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
5:26
13 Box 25/4 Lid
Written-By – H. Hopper*, M. Ratledge*
0:48
Bonus Tracks
14 Love Makes Sweet Music 2:27
15 Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' 2:50

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – USM Japan
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Polydor Ltd. (UK)
  • Copyright (c) – Geffen Records
  • Marketed By – Universal Music LLC
  • Distributed By – Universal Music LLC
  • Remastered At – The Audio Archiving Company

Credits

  • Coordinator [Artwork Coordinator] – Chihiro Nozaki, Noriko Yamamoto
  • Design [Original LP Sleeve] – Byron Goto, Eli Aliman*, Henry Epstein
  • Drums, Vocals – Robert Wyatt
  • Guitar – Kevin Ayres*
  • Organ – Mike Ratledge
  • Producer [Original LP] – Chas Chandler (tracks: 1 to 13), Tom Wilson (tracks: 1 to 13)
  • Product Manager – Minoru Harada
  • Research [Artwork Research] – Junichi Yamada

Notes

© 1968 Geffen Records
℗ 2009 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Comes in a CD-sized papersleeve album replica (gatefold), with obi-strip and insert of notes mostly in Japanese.
Papersleeve is a replica of original 1968 album Probe CPLP 4500 The Soft Machine.
Audio is adapted from the 2009 Polydor remastered issue 532 050-5 The Soft Machine.
[24-bit remastering from the original analogue master tapes at The Audio Archiving Company, London]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4988005771797
  • Matrix / Runout: UICY-20052 2W [3X Universal Logo]
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L244
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 4011
  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Probe, Probe CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 US 1968
5C 184-50185 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Probe 5C 184-50185 Netherlands Unknown
532 050-5 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Polydor, Universal UMC 532 050-5 UK Unknown
CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Probe, Probe CPLP 4500, CPLP-4500 Canada 1968
UICY-20052 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(CD, Album, Mono, RE, SHM) Polydor UICY-20052 Japan 2010



The Soft Machine - The Soft Machine album
Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock, Experimental
Performer: The Soft Machine
Title: The Soft Machine
Category: Jazz / Rock
Country: UK
Released: 1973
Rating: 4.2/5
Votes: 218
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