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Psych Rock Vinyl Records
The Soft Machine (Awaiting Repress)The first two albums by England's 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 Britain's 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 band's 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 band's 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 Machine's 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 it is back in this meticulously packaged Sundazed edition. Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on pristine high-definition vinyl, this lovingly restored vintage gem sounds as powerful and imaginative as ever.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 qu'une Poubelle
12. Why Are We Sleeping?
13. Box 25/4 Lid
$24.99Vinyl LP - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Live At Het Turfschip, NetherlandsImport
Recorded live in Breda, Netherlands on January 31, 1970, this double LP represents the only existing recording of a very rare and short-lived quintet version of Soft Machine. Sax/flute player Lyn Dobson was the fifth member here, left over from the bands days as a septet. Just three months later Dobson would move on, leaving the classic Ratledge-Dean-Hopper-Wyatt line-up in place. Dobsons contributions to a 22-minute long version of Hoppers Facelift as well as Backwards are of particular interest here, as is a tentative version of Out-Bloody-Rageous, which was still a work in progress at this stage. Includes liner notes by band member Brian Hopper.1. Eamonn Andrews
5. Mousetrap (reprise)
7. Moon in June
8. 12/8 Theme
9. Drum Link
10. Hibou, Anemone & Bear
11. Esthers Nose Job
12. Pigling Bland
15. Esthers Nose Job (reprise)
16. We Did it Again
$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Soft Machine released their third album, surprisingly called 'Third' in 1970. It is a double album with each side of the vinyl consisting of a single long composition.
Its music explores the emerging jazz fusion of the type present on Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew', which was released just a few months earlier. 'Third' marks the most major of Soft Machine's several shifts in musical genre over their career, completing their transition from psychedelic music to jazz.
"Third" is a significant milestone of the Canterbury scene, featuring interplay between the band's personnel: Mike Ratledge on keyboards, Robert Wyatt on drums, Hugh Hopper on bass and newest member Elton Dean on saxophone.1. Facelift (Live) (18:45)
2. Slightly All The Time (18:11)
3. Moon In June (19:09)
4. Out-Bloody-Rageous (19:13)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now