6-11-08 The Soft Machine
1985? 15 TRKS Pirate double LP, with live and radio (BBC) works by S.M. and it’s many members
1971 7 TRKS
CD JET PROPELLED PHOTOGRAPHS DECAL
1989 9 TRK Collection (60's recordings) ('89 issue)
CD LIVE AT THE PROMS 1970 RECKLESS CDRECK 5
1988 3 TRKS Live '70
LP SOFT MACHINE (Vol. 1) PROBE
1969? 13 TRKS original issue
CD SOFT MACHINE (Vol. 1) UNIVERSAL JPN UICY-9867
1969 13 TRKS kami sleeve ('05 re-master) – and somehow it’s on the Geffen imprint!
LP SOFT MACHINE (Vol. 2) PROBE
1969 17 TRKS
CD SOFT MACHINE (Vols. 1 & 2) BIG BEAT
1968/9 30 TRKS 2 on 1
1970 4 TRKS
CD THIRD SONY JPN MHCP 423
1970 4 TRKS ('04 issue) kami sleeve
LPx3 TRIPLE ECHO (Collection) HARVEST
1977 35 TRK Collection, booklet; boxed set
Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean – these are the five guys who made up the
I probably heard Soft Machine about 1970 or so. As a 12-year-old, there weren’t many people who would discuss music with me. If I wanted to tell someone that I liked Procol Harum, Family, Traffic, The Moody Blues and King Crimson…who would I tell? I was directed towards the bargain bin – where I believe one could easily find an LP of “Volume 2” for under $2. Well, it’s a GREAT album – and we’ve very fortunate that Soft Machine were ultimately responsible for so much good music. And I love the first album, too – but I definitely got the second album before I got the first album – and before the 3rd album has been released (I think).
So, Kevin Ayers has solo albums a-plenty and I could find neat Gong LP’s in the bargain bin; and I’ve got three Soft Machine albums. Is this jazz? Or is it more like King Crimson? Ah, back when it all didn’t ‘matter’! It was just good music, and I liked it!
Took me a few years to get to Caravan, Egg, Hatfield & The North, marvelous Hugh Hopper solo albums etc. And I just love Robert Wyatt’s work, the Matching Mole LP’s, and all his almost-uniformly brilliant solo work – check out “Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard”!
I try to keep up with everything with Robert Wyatt’s name on it – but it’s not always easy. It took me years to remember / discover that he was still with Soft Machine for their “Fourth” album!