Vinyl Cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
Pressed at RTI!
The first two albums by Englands legendary Soft Machine, originally released in 1968 and 1969, remain among the most innovative and influential releases of that musically fertile era. These seminal LPs offered a visionary psychedelic-progressive-jazz-rock mix that helped to make the Soft Machine one of Britains first significant underground bands, as well as a key force in the birth of both progressive rock and jazz-rock.
A product of the same fabled Canterbury scene that spawned such beloved cult acts as Caravan and Hatfield and the North, the Soft Machine was the rare art-rock combo whose members possessed the instrumental skills to execute their ambitious musical ideas, as well as a playful sense of humor that balanced the bands complex compositions and adventurous improvisations. By the time they began making albums, the Soft Machine was already a sensation in the budding U.K. rock underground, thanks to their now-legendary performances at such fabled London clubs as the UFO, the Speakeasy, and Middle Earth, where they shared stages with the likes of Pink Floyd and Tomorrow.
The aptly titled Volume Two introduced a retooled Soft Machine lineup, with Wyatt and Ratledge joined by bassist Hugh Hopper, an old Canterbury friend who had guested on the first album. The sophomore disc finds the threesome moving towards a more explicitly jazz-influenced sound, with an increased emphasis on instrumental material. The album is bookended by a pair of extended compositions, Rivmic Melodies and Esthers Nose Job, which are broken up into shorter individual tracks bearing whimsically arbitrary titles. That approach was suggested to the band by Frank Zappa, whose Mothers of Invention album Absolutely Free was reportedly an influence on Volume Two.
This landmark vinyl gem is back in this meticulously packaged Sundazed Clear Vinyl edition. Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on limited edition clear vinyl, this lovingly restored LP sounds as powerful and imaginative as ever.
• Clear Vinyl
• Mastered from original analog tapes
• Cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Pressed at RTI
• Gatefold jacket
Side I: Rivmic Melodies
1. Pataphysical Introduction Pt. I
2. A Concise British Alphabet Pt. I
3. Hibou, Anemone And Bear
4. A Concise British Alphabet Pt. II
6. Dada Was Here
7. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
8. Have You Ever Bean Green?
9. Pataphysical Introduction Pt. II
10. Out Of Tunes
Side II: Esther's Nose Job
1. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
2. Dedicated To You But You Werent Listening
3. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
5. Orange Skin Food
6. A Door Opens And Closes
7. 10.30 Returns To The Bedroom