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Excellent, 1 of my favourite albums ever, got it on vinyl. Great to be able to listen to it when & where I want. Couple of extra tracks not on the original which are a bit dodgy. Worth every penny.

A fusion like no other… an avant-garde trio of genius.

Soft Machine cannot be mistaken for any other artist. The band’s highly experimental fusion of jazz and psychedelia is so distinctive, exploding out of the British underground scene in the 60s. The amazing thing about Soft Machine’s debut album is that there are only three guys playing all this music, and it sounds like there are at least five! Kevin Ayers’ bass playing seems at least thirty years ahead of the rest of the world, due to the use of chords and bass wah that he incorporated into the prolonged jams on the record. Robert Wyatt certainly demonstrates the classic psychedelic knack of drumming aggressively like your live depends on it, and his raw dreamy vocals put an even more distinctive spin on the band’s sound. Finally there is Mike Ratledge with the zaniest keyboard lines that weave the music together and take the listener on an unexpected journey through what seems like a hundred styles of music at the same time. These three guys really had something else, and despite their lack of commercial success, this album is still a seminal part of the British psychedelic movement and the Canterbury music scene. Definitely worth the listen.


Formed: 1966 in Canterbury, Kent, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Soft Machine were never a commercial enterprise and indeed still remain unknown even to many listeners who came of age during the late '60s and early '70s, when the group was at its peak. In their own way, however, they were one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones. One of the original British psychedelic groups, they were also instrumental in the birth of both progressive rock and jazz-rock. They were also the central foundation of...
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