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Soft Machine Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1968 album including two bonus tracks: 'Love Makes Sweet Music' and 'Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'. The debut album by the Soft Machine was originally released in October 1968 and features the original line-up of Robert Wyatt on drums and vocals, Kevin Ayres, bass guitar and vocals and Mike Ratledge on keyboards. The roots of Soft Machine lay in the city of Canterbury in Kent and the circle of bohemian friends with Robert Wyatt at their core. Gathering at the large Georgian house owned by Robert's mother, Honor, Wyatt shared the company of Kevin Ayers, Hugh and Brian Hopper, Mike Ratledge and a drifting Australian beatnik, Daevid Allen spending many hours listening to modern Jazz and being exposed to the world of beat poetry and Dadaist art. Universal.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  8. Priscilla
  9. Lullabye Letter
  10. We Did It Again
  11. Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
  12. Why Are We Sleeping?
  13. Box 25/4 Lid
  14. Love Makes Sweet Music [*]
  15. Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 2009)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B002EC4ZDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This reissue of Soft Machine's first album is marred by inept remastering. The line between remastering and remixing can be blurry, and such is the case here. It amounts to a new mix, and a bad one too. The bass guitar (excellent as it is, by Kevin Ayers) is placed too high and intrudes on the vocals and keyboards in a way that didn't happen on the original album.

I'd recommend the 2007 reissue on the Water label from San Francisco. It doesn't have a fancy booklet, but it gets the music right.
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Although Soft Machine weren't huge sellers, there were several reissues of this album on vinyl. I also liked the sound of this album. Volume 2, although a great album, sounds like it was recorded in a cave. Soft Machine Volume 2 sounds tighter mainly because the bass player, Hugh Hopper, holds things together better than Ayers did. Also, people give Ayers too much credit for the catchy songs on Vol. 1--he was the main writer on "Joy of a Toy" and "Why Are We Sleeping" neither of which were conventional pop songs. Wyatt and Ratledge wrote most of the more melodic pieces. It is however, one great song and both "Hope for Happiness" and "Priscilla" were harbingers of SM's later direction. An excellent album, a live and lively sounding record, and a masterful debut, which actually WAS recorded very quickly in order to capitalize on their tour with Hendrix.
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This first Soft Machine album is the prototype for the absolute masterpiece, Soft Machine Volume 2. That does not mean this debut is not a monster.

If that rave sounds qualified, it is. The second album is a miricle of fuzz and full sound: the origional band in full attack. Here, they employ the same innovations, seuged tracks, self referancial lyrics that are quite modernist--"I like to smoke and drink and ball--but most of all I like to talk about me" says master Wyatt.

What puts the second album over the first is the sound: this is from 1968, and even the best art rock was still stuck in thin production and farfissa organs. The subtance here is no problem. It contains all the humor and spontaity that made this band brillant over the first two records.

It is just that recording technique, improving by the month during this era, had not caught up to the Softs. That is why the second album brings it all home

Still, the music and lyrics make this increadibly inventive for 1968, and this is still an essential piece.
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