Soft Machine release their debut album : ‘Volume One’ (1968)

Soft Machine’s ‘Volume One’ is their debut album also titled ‘The Soft Machine’ and released in December 1968 by Abc Probe.

Track Listing : 1.Hope For Happiness (Brian Hopper, Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers) – 04:21 . 2.Joy Of A Toy (Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge) – 02:49 . 3.Hope For Happiness (Reprise) (Brian Hopper, Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers) – 01:38 . 4.Why Am I So Short? (Hugh Hopper, Robert Wyatt) – 01:39 . 5.So Boot If At All (Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt) – 07:25 . 6.A Certain Kind (Hugh Hopper) – 04:11 . 7.Save Yourself (Robert Wyatt) – 02:26 . 8.Priscilla (Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt) – 01:03 . 9.Lullabye Letter (Kevin Ayers) – 04:32 . 10.We Did It Again (Kevin Ayers) – 03:46 . 11.Plus Belle Qu’Une Poubelle (Kevin Ayers) – 01:03 . 12.Why Are We Sleeping? (Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt) – 05:30 . 13.Box 25/4 Lid (Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper) – 00:49

Musicians : Mike Ratledge – Lowrey Holiday De Luxe Organ, Piano On (13) . Kevin Ayers – Bass, Lead Vocals On (10 – 11), Backing Vocals On (7 – 10), Piano On (5) . Hugh Hopper – Bass On (13) . The Cake – Backing Vocals On(12) . Soft Machine – Band

Production : Produced By Chas Chandler, Tom Wilson

Package : Eli Aliman – Cover Design . Henry Epstein – Cover Design . Brian Goto – Cover Design

Recorded In April 1968 At Record Plant Studios, New York City.

Released In December 1968 By Abc Probe.

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BBC
Volume One stands as one of the pinnacles of English pre-progressive underground music.The thing that the Softs had in far more abundance than their contemporaries was musical ability and a superior knowledge of modern jazz. Wyatt’s drumming owes just as much to Art Blakey as it does to Ringo Starr… […]

allmusic
A wild, freewheelingand ultimately successful attempt to merge psychedelia with jazz-rock, Soft Machine‘s debut ranges between lovingly performed oblique pop songs and deranged ensemble playing from drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt and organist Mike Ratledge. […]

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