Soft Machine

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Review Text 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. Like Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Vol. 1 was one of the few over-ambitious records of the psychedelic era that actually delivered on all its incredible promise. ~ John Bush & Stewart Mason

Track Listing

Record: 1

  1. 1. Hope For Happiness
  2. 2. Joy of a Toy
  3. 3. Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
  4. 4. Why Am I So Short?
  5. 5. So Boot If At All
  6. 6. A Certain Kind
  7. 7. Save Yourself
  8. 8. Priscilla
  9. 9. Lullabye Letter
  10. 10. We Did It Again
  11. 11. Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
  12. 12. Why Are We Sleeping?
  13. 13. Box 25/4 Lid

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Release Date
6/15/10 

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