Soft Machine Vols. 1 & 2
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- Released: May 2, 1989
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Big Beat Uk
- 1.Hope for Happiness
- 2.Joy of a Toy
- 3.Hope for Happiness (Reprise) - (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.Pataphysical Introduction, Pt. 1
- 15.A Concise British Alphabet, Pt. 1
- 16.Hibou, Anemone and Bear
- 17.A Concise British Alphabet, Pt. 2
- 19.Dada Was Here
- 20.Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
- 21.Have You Ever Bean Green?
- 22.Pataphysical Introduction, Pt. 2
- 23.Out of Tunes
- 24.As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still
- 25.Dedicated to You But You Weren't Listening
- 26.Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
- 28.Orange Skin Food
- 29.A Door Opens and Closes
- 30.10:30 Returns to the Bedroom
2 LPs on 1 CD.
Liner Note Author: Arnold Shaw.
Recording information: ??/1968-03/1969.
Arranger: Robert Wyatt.
A pairing of Soft Machine's first two albums, an astounding set of music that hasn't been repeated or equaled by anyone else since. Mixing rampant experimentalism with a well-grounded sense of human scale, Hugh Hopper's bass playing and Mike Ratledge's electric piano and organ playing were both freely embellished with sonic innovations. Robert Wyatt's drumming drew more from jazz and Elvin Jones than rock music, not unlike Mitch Mitchell in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Here Robert Wyatt's distinctive singing voice is a fragile and subtly beautiful instrument that is expressive in an utterly honest, near-conversational way. Kevin Ayers, who was responsible for a wide-eyed folk-rock element in Soft Machine's early songwriting, left after the first album. However, the band's overall sound was so distinctive that this change was easily absorbed.
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