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The Soft Machine - Volumes 1 & 2 FLAC album

Performer: The Soft Machine
Genre: Jazz / Rock
Title: Volumes 1 & 2
Country: UK
Released: 1973
Style: Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock, Experimental
FLAC version ZIP size: 1851 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1855 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1794 mb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 189

Tracks 1 to 13 originally released as "The Soft Machine" in 1968 Tracks 14 to 30 originally released as "Volume Two" in 1969. No info on the re-mastering, but for both albums, there are considerable differences in the Duration of the tracks compared to the original vinyl albums. Packaging: standard jewel case with 8 page booklet.

Volume Two is the second LP album by The Soft Machine, released in 1969. A jazz influence is added to the humour, dada, and psychedelia of their first LP The Soft Machine (1968). The album was inspired by The Mothers Of Invention's Absolutely Free and consists of two suites – "Rivmic Melodies " and "Esther's Nose Job" – with "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still" and "Dedicated to You" serving as interludes

Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Volume One (or more accurately self-titled "The Soft Machine") This album fell short of my expectations. I think the music was at times too repetitive (. We Did it Again") and failed to execute in places where it could have. I also felt that there weren't really any 'catchy' melodies. Volume Two Definitely different from Volume One (in a good way) with the subtraction of Kevin Ayers and the addition of Hugh Hopper.

Artist: The Soft Machine Title: Volumes One And Two Year Of Release: 1989 Label: Big Beat Records Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock, Jazz-Rock Quality: 320, FLAC (tracks+. Tracklist: Volume One (1968)  . Ground breaking first two albums from one of the most unusual outfits of the 60s featuring Mike Ratledge's crashing organ sound and topped with Robert Wyatt's unique near-falsetto vocals.

The second album from The Soft Machine just called Volume Two continues the intellectual psychadelic late sixties prog rock style from their debut. Kevin Ayers has left the band to be replaced by former roadie for the band Hugh Hopper. The change is instantly heard as the distorted bass from Hugh Hopper is heard for the first time. It must have been quite a revolution to hear a bass so heavily distorted as this one in 1969. Hugh Hopperīs dominant distorted bass is one of the great things about this album

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Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Hope For Happiness
Written-By – B. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
A2 Joy Of A Toy
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
A3 Hope For Happiness (Reprise)
Written-By – B. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
A4 Why Am I So Short?
Written-By – H. Hopper*, K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*
A5 So Boot If At All
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
A6 A Certain Kind
Written-By – H. Hopper*
B1 Save Yourself
Written-By – R. Wyatt*
B2 Priscilla
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
B3 Lullabye Letter
Written-By – K. Ayers*
B4 We Did It Again
Written-By – K. Ayers*
B5 Plus Belle Qu'Une Poubelle
Written-By – K. Ayers*
B6 Why Are We Sleeping?
Written-By – K. Ayers*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
B7 Box 25/4 Lid
Written-By – H. Hopper*, M. Ratledge*
Rivmic Melodies
C1 Pataphysical Introduction Pt. I
Written-By – R. Wyatt*
C2 A Concise British Alphabet Pt. I
Written-By – B. Hopper*
C3 Hibou, Anenome And Bear
Written-By – M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
C4 A Concise British Alphabet Pt. II
Written-By – B. Hopper*
C5 Hulloder
Written-By – B. Hopper*
C6 Dada Was Here
Written-By – B. Hopper*
C7 Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
Written-By – B. Hopper*
C8 Have You Ever Bean Green?
Written-By – B. Hopper*
C9 Pataphysical Introduction Pt. II
Written-By – R. Wyatt*
C10 Out Of Tunes
Written-By – B. Hopper*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
Esther's Nose Job
D1 As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
Written-By – M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*
D2 Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
Written-By – B. Hopper*
D3 Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
D4 Pig
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
D5 Orange Skin Food
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
D6 A Door Opens And Closes
Written-By – M. Ratledge*
D7 Returns To The Bedroom
Written-By – B. Hopper*, M. Ratledge*, R. Wyatt*

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – The Gramophone Co. Ltd.
  • Printed By – Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.


  • Design [Cover Design] – Byron Goto, Eli Allman (tracks: Volume 1), Henry Epstein
  • Drums – Robert Wyatt
  • Lead Guitar – Kevin Ayers
  • Liner Notes – Arnold Shaw
  • Organ – Mike Ratledge
  • Producer – Chas Chandler (tracks: Volume 1), Soft Machine (tracks: Volume 2), Tom Wilson (tracks: Volume 1)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: GTT 2041 A 1
  • Matrix / Runout: GTT 2041 B 1
  • Matrix / Runout: SPB 1002 A-1 G
  • Matrix / Runout: SPB 1002 A-1 G
  • Other (Individual no. LP1): GTT 2041
  • Other (Individual no. LP2): GTT 2042
  • Other (Printer's code / date stamp): 7306 TPS

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ABCD 602 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine Collection ‎(LP, Album, RE + LP, Album, RE + Comp) ABC Records ABCD 602 UK 1973
AN99-0414 Soft Machine Volume 1 & Volume 2 ‎(CD, Comp, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova AN99-0414 Russia 1999
60 113, 60 113-0 Soft Machine 1 & 2 (Architects Of Space Time) ‎ ‎(2xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 60 113, 60 113-0 Europe Unknown
RSSD 964-2, RSSD-964/2 The Soft Machine* The Soft Machine ‎(2xLP, Comp, Promo) Command, Command RSSD 964-2, RSSD-964/2 US 1973
CDWIKD 920 The Soft Machine* Volumes One And Two ‎(CD, Comp, RE, Sou) Big Beat Records CDWIKD 920 UK Unknown