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 […]

Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers (Aug. 16, 1944 — Feb. 18, 2013) was an English singer–songwriter who co-founded Soft Machine. After their 1968 debut album, he went solo with the 1969 Harvest release Joy of a Toy. Between 1970 and 1988, he released twelve albums. Island Records documented his all-star concert with Brian Eno, John Cale, and Nico […]

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. […]

Soft Machine ‎– Six (1973)

Six is a studio album by English jazz-rock quartet Soft Machine, release in February 1973 on CBS/Columbia. The album is the band’s sixth overall and their second double-LP set. Tracklist: A1. “Fanfare” (0:42) A2. “All White” (4:43) A3. “Between” (2:24) A4. “Riff” (4:31) A5. “37½” (6:53) B1. “Gesolreut” (6:13) B2. “E.P.V.” (2:47) B3. “Lefty” (4:50) […]

Soft Machine ‎– Softs (1976)

Softs is the ninth studio album by English jazz-rock quintet Soft Machine, released in 1976 on Harvest. Tracklist: A1. “Aubade” (1:48) A2. “The Tale of Taliesin” (7:22) A3. “Ban-Ban Caliban” (9:33) A4. “Song of Aeolus” (4:17) B1. “Out of Season” (5:30) B2. “Second Bundle” (2:36) B3. “Kayoo” (3:36) B4. “The Camden Tandem” (1:58) B5. “Nexus” […]

Daevid Allen

Daevid Allen (1938–2015) was an Australian musician, best known as the frontman of the Anglo–French space-rock band Gong, which he co-founded in Paris with partner Gilli Smyth. He also played in the original lineup of Soft Machine. As a solo artist, he debuted with the 1971 album Banana Moon. With Gong, he made the 1970–71 […]

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, […]

Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt is an English vocalist and songwriter who rose to prominence as the singer and drummer in Soft Machine. After recording four albums with the band between 1968 and 1971, he left to form Matching Mole, which cut two albums for CBS in 1972. The following year, he was paralyzed from the waist down […]