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 Radledge on keyboards. Now digitally remastered and expanded with the pre-album single “Love Makes Sweet Music” b/w “Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin’”
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
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’, Squealin’
“Soft Machine Volume Two” was released in September 1969 and became the band’s first album release in the UK. Critically greeted with enthusiasm, the release of the album would close one chapter of the bands history. By October 1969 Soft Machine had evolved into very different musical unit with their emphasis on free and progressive jazz influences and with the inclusion of Alto saxophonist Elton Dean, trumpet player Marc Charig, Trombonist Nick Evans and saxophonist and flautist Lyn Dobson into their ranks. For the next few months Soft Machine toured extensively, building a large and enthusiastic following in France in particular. 1969 ended with the band signing with CBS Records, the British division of American major label, Columbia. Over the next four years the band would record five albums for the label, including the legendary double album “Third”, although they would also endure many line-up changes. The albums Soft Machine recorded for ABC Probe in 1968 and 1969 remain inspirational and unique artifacts of an era when experimentation and creativity were the watchwords. With this release of “Volume Two” and its companion “The Soft Machine” it’s fitting to experience this wonderful music once more.
1. Pataphysical Introduction, Pt. I
2. A Concise British Alphabet, Pt. 1
3. Hibou Anemone And Bear
4. A Concise British Alphabet, Pt. II
6. Dada Was Here
7. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
8. Have You Ever Bean Grean?
9. Pataphysical Introduction, Pt. II
10. Out Of Tunes
11. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
12. Dedicated To You But You Weren’t Listening
13. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
15. Orange Skin Food
16. A Door Opens And Closes
17. 10: 30 Returns To The Bedroom