The most important band among all those born in Canterbury. The band emerged in 1967 as the quartet of Robert WYATT (drums, vocals), Mike RATLEDGE (keyboards), Kevin AYERS (bass, vocals) and Daevid ALLEN (guitar, vocals). For the next few years, through a number of personel changes, consequently their sound has changed constantly over the years of their existence. This band would assist in the emergence of the Canterbury Sound (CARAVAN, MATCHING MOLE, EGG, HATFIELD & THE NORTH, and many more). Many careers began with SOFT MACHINE: Robert WYATT (MATCHING MOLE band and solo artist), Kevin AYERS (later his own WHOLE WORLD band and solo artist), and Daevid ALLEN (later GONG and solo artist). For their lines brilliant instrumentalists like Hugh HOPPER, Mike RATLEDGE, Elton DEAN, Allan HOLDSWORTH, Andy SUMMERS, Roy BABBINGTON, John MARSHALL and Karl JENKINS happened, and through their career they left us a series of albums. The Soft Machine, as reissue also titled "Volume One", is the debut album by Soft Machine. The band, founded in 1966, recorded and released this studio album during their 1968 tour of the USA. Volume Two is an LP first released in 1969. Its music introduces a jazz influence to the sort of humour, dadaism and psychedelia present on "Volume one"
01 - Hope For Happiness 02 - Joy Of A Toy 03 - Hope For Happiness (reprise) 04 - Why Am I So Short 05 - So Boot If At All 06 - A Certain Kind 07 - Save Yourself 08 - Priscilla 09 - 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 I 15 - A Concise British Alphabet - PT I 16 - Hibou, Anemone And Bear 17 - A Concise British Alphabet - PT II 18 - Hulloder 19 - Dada Was Here 20 - Thank You Pierrot Lunaire 21 - Have You Ever Bean Green 22 - Pataphysical Introduction - PT II 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 27 - Pig 28 - Orange Skin Food 29 - A Door Opens And Closes 30 - 10-30 Returns To The Bedroom