Thursday, April 5, 2007

THE SOFT MACHINE - first two albums... @320

This first Soft Machine line-up became involved in the early UK underground, featuring prominently at the UFO Club, and recorded the group's first single, as well as some demo sessions that were released several years later. They also played in Holland, Germany and on the French Riviera. In 1967, upon their return from a performance in France, Allen (an Australian) was denied re-entry to the United Kingdom, so the group continued as a trio. In early 1968, eventual The Police guitarist Andy Summers joined the group, but left shortly after. Later in 1968 they toured the USA, opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. During this tour, they recorded their first album, The Soft Machine, in New York. Disbanded after Ayers's amicable departure at the end of this tour, Soft Machine reformed with former road manager and composer Hugh Hopper on bass added to Wyatt and Ratledge, to record their second album in 1969. From the odd psychedelic rock style of the early period, featuring Ayers and/or Wyatt singing on most of their pieces, Volume Two, with Brian Hopper playing saxophones, launched a transition towards a purely instrumental sound resembling what would be later called jazz fusion.

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The Soft Machine

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Wolume Two

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7 comments:

oceana said...

Great to have you around! :- )

Anonymous said...

Welcome Rockanthology! Your taste is great! But, can you please post covers for Traffic and Soft Machine? It seams they are not included.

justman said...

Great music, thx!

Kosminen Tee said...

What a great set of posts you got here! Thank you very much.

Ángel Furioso said...

Thx for posting this two acid bombs!!!

the best era of the soft machine.

Anonymous said...

This both albums belong to my music collection: Arrows towards the sun...
ThankUverymuch...

Lucius said...

I remember seeing Kevin Ayers (with Andy summers on guitar) in Bournemouth - a local gig for Summers!

They played what seemed a fanastically tense and extended version of "Why are we sleeping?"

Many thans for a reminder of a fantastic gig in early '76