They received unprecedented acclaim across Europe, and they made history by becoming the first rock band invited to play at London's Proms in August The show was broadcast live on national TV and later appeared as a live album. After differences over the group's musical direction, Wyatt left or was fired from  the band in August and formed Matching Mole a pun on machine molle , French for soft machine ; also said at the time to have been taken from stage lighting equipment "Matching Mole".
He was briefly replaced by Australian drummer Phil Howard. This line-up toured extensively in Europe during the end of attested by the release, Drop and attended the recording of their next album, but further musical disagreements led to Howard's dismissal after the recording of the first LP side of Fifth before the end of and some months later in to Dean's departure. They were replaced respectively in by John Marshall drums and in by Karl Jenkins reeds, keyboards , both former members of Ian Carr's Nucleus, for the recording of Six , and the band's sound developed even more towards jazz fusion.
In , after the release of Six , Hopper left and was replaced by Roy Babbington , another former Nucleus member, who had already contributed double bass on Fourth and Fifth and took up 6-string bass guitar successfully, while Karl Jenkins took over as bandleader and composer.
After they released Seven without additional musicians, the band switched record labels from Columbia to Harvest. On their album, Bundles , a significant musical change occurred with Allan Holdsworth adding guitar as a prominent melody instrument to the band's sound, sometimes reminiscent of John McLaughlin 's Mahavishnu Orchestra , setting the album apart from previous Soft Machine albums which had rarely featured guitars.
Holdsworth was replaced by John Etheridge for the next album Softs Ratledge, the last remaining original member of the band, had left during the early stages of recording. Their performances and record titled Alive and Well , ironically were among the last for Soft Machine as a working band, their last performance until the reformation being the only Soft Machine concert of Soft Machine having been a much loved band since their inception in the late s and having always been at the cutting edge of many music genres including the early progressive and psychedelic rock scene and then the burgeoning jazz rock and fusion scene , it was inevitable that former Soft Machine members would reconvene over the years, to continue on their legacy.
The original Soft Heap line-up reconvened in October to record their eponymous studio album Soft Heap which was released in After 2 line-up changes that occurred in —81, the new line-up toured intermittently throughout the s, embarking on four tours during the decade with a total of 25 European concerts, culminating with a gig on 11 May at the Festival "Jazz sous les pommiers" in Coutances , France.
This line-up would only remain together briefly. Then in , another former Soft Machine member, Allan Holdsworth on guitar , joined the remaining three members of Soft Ware who would rename themselves Soft Works  in June Indeed, looking for a break from relatively fixed setlists and song forms, Hugh Hopper had contacted Kamiyama with the idea of hitting a studio for a day to see what might happen. Kamiyama brought in Tatsuya, and, with no discussion, the quartet dove right in, playing two minute improvisations.
In , a year after Elton Dean unexpectedly passed at the age of sixty, the one-time meeting band released their eponymous album Soft Mountain that they had recorded on that 10 August day in Tokyo, Japan. Image Unavailable Image not available for Color:. The Soft Machine. Soft Machine Format: Vinyl. The Soft Machine "Please retry". MP3 Music, December 1, "Please retry". Vinyl "Please retry". Check out our turntable store for a great selection of turntables, needles, accessories, and more.
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Trevor Prinn. Douglas Swinford. Ivan P. Thompson Terry. Sean Middleton. John Anderson. John Smallwood. John Chawner. Alexander Shabalov. Ad Murton. There is a lot of energy coming from this band and I could only imagine what they were like in concert back in the 60's and 70's. If you can pick up an original pressing do so, but the sound quality on the CD reissue is actually superb and sounds much better than the original vinyl which lacks dynamic range. Usually it's the other way around for CD reissues.
Pick this up! This, the Softs' first legitimately released album, was recorded on the cheap during the band's tour of the US, when they were the opening act for Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix's manager Chas Chandler got them some studio time, and the band set up and recorded their live set right there in the studio. Despite "producer credits" the band more or less produced it themselves, which explains the occasionally raggedy sound.
Now, here's what you should be paying attention to. Robert Wyatt's singing and drumming, totally unlike anyone else's in rock, full of energy and finesse. Kevin Ayers' eccentric bass playing and songwriting. And last but not least, Mike Ratledge's distorted, fierce organ playing. The band somehow combines whimsical English prog with vicious electronic experimentation, with a very strong free jazz influence. There are more "songs" per se here than on subsequent Softs albums, and they are outstanding.
Wyatt's "Hope for Happiness" opens the CD with a free-floating vocal improvisation and then slams into a frenetic meditation on fighting despair, interrupted only by Ayers' milky-ocean bass meditation "Joy of a Toy" before slamming back into "Hope" and finishing up with a freaked-out organ finale.
Soft Machine later degenerated into a rather boring jazz fusion group after Wyatt and Ayers left, taking their eccentric senses of humor with them. But this is the Soft Machine at its best, in my opinion, and not to be missed. There also seems to be a vocal track missing from "Hope for Happiness," when I compare this CD with my original vinyl version.
However, the rest of the CD seems intact and the sound is decent, so if the One Way release is the only one you can find, go with it. In any format it's highly recommended for the adventurous listener.This album was not released in UK but was available on import having been recorded in 4 days in New York during a US tour. Although the imported album was popular amougst their "Underground" fans most people in UK who are into Soft machine will only know this album as part of the 2 LP set Soft Machine Vol 1&2 which is also available as a single CD (see this on /5(11).