Soft Machine

Soft Machine was an English jazz-rock band that was active between the late 1960s and early 1980s. They were among the first rock acts to make use of asymmetric and compound meters. Due to numerous lineup changes, the first and final Soft Machine albums feature none of the same members. Nonetheless, the nameplate was passed […]

Hugh Hopper

Hugh Hopper (April 29, 1945 — June 7, 2009) was an English bassist from Whitstable, Kent, that gained global renown with jazz-rockers Soft Machine, premiering his signature fuzz-bass sound on 1969’s Volume Two and appearing on the band’s subsequent four albums. In 1973, he released the experimental solo album 1984 on CBS and also appeared […]

Stomu Yamash’ta’s East Wind – One by One (1974)

One by One is the second of two albums by percussionist/arranger Stomu Yamash’ta and his Japanese/English jazz-rock operative East Wind, released in 1974 on Island. Tracklist: A1. “One by One / Hey Man / One by One Reprise” (10:43) A2. “Black Flame” (3:30) A3. “Rain Race” (1:30) A4. “Tangerine Beach” (3:25) B1. “Superstar / Loxycycle” […]

The Soft Machine ‎– Volume Two (1969)

Volume Two is the second album by English psychedelic jazz-rock trio Soft Machine, released in April 1969 on ABC-subsidiary Probe. Tracklist: Rivmic Melodies A1. “Pataphysical Introduction – Pt. I” (1:00) A2. “A Concise British Alphabet – Pt. I” (0:10) A3. “Hibou, Anemone and Bear” (5:58) A4. “A Concise British Alphabet – Pt. II” (0:12) A5. […]

Patrice Meyer ‎– Dromadaire Viennois (1986)

Dromadaire Viennois is the third album by French guitarist Patrice Meyer, released in 1986 on FMR. Tracklist: The Quartet A1. “Amusante Clémentine” (5:53) A2. “Dromadaire viennois” (5:23) A3. “Rasoir” (8:26) Cinq Bucoliques B1. a. “Les flocons d’avoine” (1:11) B2. b. “La valse lydienne” (5:27) B3. c. “L’école buissonnière” (2:18) B4. d. “La retenue” (2:59) B5. […]

Stomu Yamashta’s East Wind ‎– Freedom Is Frightening (1973)

Freedom Is Frightening is an album by Japanese avant-garde/classical percussionist Stomu Yamashta, recorded with his jazz-rock combo East Wind featuring the talents of guitarist Gary Boyle and bassist Hugh Hopper. The album was released in 1973 on Island. Tracklist: A1. “Freedom Is Frightening” (8:49) A2. “Rolling Nuns” (7:14) B1. “Pine on the Horizon” (11:48) B2. […]

Soft Machine ‎– Third (1970)

Third is a double-album by English jazz-rock quartet Soft Machine, released in 1970 on CBS/Columbia. Tracklist: A. “Facelift” (18:54) B. “Slightly All the Time” (18:14) C. “Moon in June” (19:18) D. “Out-Bloody-Rageous” (19:17) Credits: Mike Ratledge – Hohner Pianet, Lowrey organ, piano Hugh Hopper – bass guitar Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals (C), Hammond organ, […]


Gilgamesh was an English jazz-rock band led by keyboardist and composer Alan Gowan. In 1975, they released the album Gilgamesh, a mix of suites, songs, and interludes produced by Dave Stewart (Egg, Hatfield & the North). Gowan and Stewart teamed in the initial lineup of National Health. Despite his early departure, he wrote and performed […]