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Soft Machine was formed in 1966 by Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers and Daevid Allen. Wyatt had already worked with Allen in the Daevid Allen Trio (which Ratledge occasionally jammed with) in 1963, and with Ayers in the Wilde Flowers in 1964. Although the band had its roots in Canterbury, it soon became a London- based band. In January 1967, the band's one and only single ever was recorded : it had two songs on it, "Loves Make Sweet Music" and "Feelin', Reelin', Squeelin'". Three months later, a collections of demos was recorded at DeLane Lea Studios with producer Giorgio Gomelsky, but not officially released until 1971 (on two compilations on the French Byg label)


Other Doors

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Careless Eyes; Penny Hitch; Other Doors; Crocked Usage; Joy Of A Toy; A Flock Of Holes; Whisper Back; The Stars Apart; Now! Is The Time; Fell To Earth; The Visitors At The Window; Maybe Never; Back In Season; Backwards (Bonus Track); Out Of Interest (Bonus Track); Alice Clair (Bonus Track); Look You Know (Bonus Track).


The Dutch Lesson

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album; Between; The Soft Weed Factor; Lefty; Gesolreut; EPV; Down the Road; Ealing Comedy; 37 1/2; J.S.M.; Riff II; Chloe and the Pirates; Hazard Profile; Improvisation; Gesolreut Jam.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Tribute To The Late Drummer John Marshall From Soft Machine

Read "A Tribute To The Late Drummer John Marshall From Soft Machine" reviewed by Len Davis

On today's program we pay tribute to the late drummer John Marshall with an uninterrupted bracket of music from Soft Machine. We follow that with music from Yellow Jackets, Dave Weckl, Steve Weingart, Tom Kennedy, then close it out with Tribal Tech, Scott Kinsey and Joe Zawinul.Playlist Soft Machine “Fell To earth" from Other ...


News: Recording

Music Legends Soft Machine Release New Album 'Other Doors' And Announce Forthcoming Tour Dates

Music Legends Soft Machine Release New Album 'Other Doors' And Announce Forthcoming Tour Dates

Five years after the release of their last studio album, legendary UK musical institution, Soft Machine, return with a brand new album, Other Doors. Boasting new material and two numbers drawn from their extensive historical repertoire, Other Doors finds the band in their usual fiery form. Featuring John Etheridge (guitars), Theo Travis (saxophones, flutes, Fender Rhodes ...


Article: Album Review

Soft Machine: The Dutch Lesson

Read "The Dutch Lesson" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Soft Machine had played in Rotterdam several times before this 1973 show in the small theater De Lantaren. But this version of the band was relatively new. One of the earliest shows by the quartet of electric bassist Roy Babbington, Karl Jenkins (on multiple horns and electric piano), keyboardist Mike Ratledge and drummer John Marshall was ...


Article: Album Review

Zoöphyte: Galapagos

Read "Galapagos" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Zoöphyte is a ten-piece pop band boasting some of London's finest jazz musicians. Its debut album, Signs Of Life (Howlin' Werewolf, 2020), was a pleasing hybrid of uber-catchy grooves, ear-bending psychedelia and sizzling jazz virtuosity. How could it be otherwise for a band that cites influences as diverse as Canterbury progressives Soft Machine and Caravan, psychedelic ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz + Rock = ?

Read "Jazz + Rock = ?" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show, from September 2021, focuses on various combinations of rock and jazz such as jazz musicians experimenting with rock rhythms, and rock bands leaning into horns and improvisation. Artists heard on the program include the Tony Williams Lifetime, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Dave Holland, Soft Machine, Spanky and Our Gang, and Elton Dean.Playlist Henry ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The '70s with Mahavishnu Orchestra, return to Forever and Miles Davis

Read "The '70s with Mahavishnu Orchestra, return to Forever and Miles Davis" reviewed by Len Davis

A visit to the '70s with Return To Forever, Billy Cobham, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine, Brand X, Jeff Beck and Miles Davis. Playlist Return To Forever “Celebration Suite" from No Mystery (Polydor) 00:00 Billy Cobham “Stratus" from Spectrum (Atlantic) 07:59 The Mahavishnu Orchestra “Noonward Race" from The Inner Mounting Flame (CBS)16:03 Soft Machine “Gesoireut ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Felipe Salles, Robin Nitram, Rudy Royston And More

Read "New Music From Felipe Salles, Robin Nitram, Rudy Royston And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Featured on this week's show are new releases from Felipe Salles, Robin Nitram, Rudy Royston, Duncan Hopkins, Soft Machine, Mark Dresser, Xavier Charles & Eric Normand, Michael Formanek, Marc Ducret, and Pat Thomas with Chris Sharkey & Luke Reddin-Williams.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Robin Nitram “African Birds" from Sugar Free (Ramble Records) 00:47 Rudy Royston ...


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