Soft Machine Volume Two
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Vinyl LP Details
- Released: July 8, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Sundazed
Description by OLDIES.com:
Sophomore Softs...This massively influential 1969 release finds prog-rock pathfinders the Soft Machine - drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt, keyboardist Mike Ratledge and bassist Hugh Hopper -moving towards a more explicitly jazz-influenced, instrumental-oriented sound. The album is bookended by a boundary-breaking pair of extended multi-part compositions, "Rivmic Melodies" and "Esther's Nose Job," that rank with the band's most adventurous work.
- 1.Rivmic Melodies: Pataphysical Introduction - Part I
- 2.A Concise British Alphabet - Part I
- 3.Hibou, Anemone and Bear
- 4.A Concise British Alphabet - Part Ii
- 6.Dada Was Here
- 7.Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
- 8.Have You Ever Been Green?
- 9.Pataphysical Introduction - Part Ii
- 10.Out of Tunes
- 11.Esther's Nose Job: As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
- 12.Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
- 13.Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
- 15.Orange Skin Food
- 16.A Door Opens and Closes
- 17.10. 30 Returns To the Bedroom
Soft Machine: Robert Wyatt (vocals, drums); Hugh Hopper (acoustic guitar, alto saxophone, bass); Mike Ratledge (flute, piano, harpsichord, organ).
Additional personnel: Brian Hopper (soprano & tenor saxophones).
Recorded at Olympic Sound Studios, London, England in February and March, 1969.
The Soft Machine's VOLUME TWO, which was recorded after Kevin Ayers left for a solo career, reintroduces the band in all its eccentric glory. VOLUME TWO is the first Soft Machine album to feature the classic trio lineup of Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper, and Robert Wyatt. It is made up of 17 tracks the range in length from 10 seconds to six minutes which are grouped into two side-long suites, "Rivmic Melodies" and "Esther's Nose Job" (the latter's title is courtesy of Thomas Pynchon).
The trio's wide-ranging jazz, folk, and pop explorations lend every track its own unique character, with the pastoral acoustic guitar of Hopper's "Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening" running smack into Ratledge's aptly titled "Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging." Yet somehow, the whole thing works, especially on the remarkable first side, a wild series of seamless improvs that points toward the lengthy compositions of the Soft Machine's classic THIRD, a double-album consisting of four side-long compositions.
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