SOFT MACHINE — The Soft Machine(aka Architects of Space Time aka Vol.1 &2)

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Boxset / Compilation · 1973

Tracklist

1. Hope for Happiness (4:22)
2. Joy of a Toy (2:49)
3. Hope for Happiness (reprise) (1:39)
4. Why Am I So Short? (1:37)
5. So Boot If at All (7:24)
6. A Certain Kind (4:14)
7. Save Yourself (2:25)
8. Priscilla (1:03)
9. Lullabye Letter (4:42)
10. We Did It Again (3:46)
11. Plus Belle qu'une Poubelle (1:00)
12. Why Are We Sleeping? (5:32)
13. Box 25/4 Lid (0:49)
14. Pataphysical Introduction, Part I (1:00)
15. A Concise British Alphabet, Part I (0:09)
16. Hibou, Anemone and Bear (5:59)
17. A Concise British Alphabet, Part II (0:12)
18. Hulloder (0:54)
19. Dada Was Here (3:25)
20. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire (0:48)
21. Have You Ever Bean Green? (1:19)
22. Pataphysical Introduction, Part II (0:51)
23. Out of Tunes (2:34)
24. As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still (2:34)
25. Dedicated to You but You Weren't Listening (2:32)
26. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging (1:51)
27. Pig (2:09)
28. Orange Skin Food (1:47)
29. A Door Opens and Closes (1:09)
30. 10:30 Returns to the Bedroom (4:13)

Total Time: 75:01

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Hugh Hopper
Drums – Robert Wyatt
Electric Piano, Organ – Mike Ratledge
Saxophone – Brian Hopper

About this release

Command – RSSD 964-2(US)

Re-released as "Architects Of Space Time" by Atlantic (France,1976)and as "The Soft Machine Volumes One and Two" by Big Beat (UK, 1989)

Recorded in 1969

Thanks to snobb, js for the updates

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A fantastic, high-value compilation of the first two Soft Machine albums, capturing the very best material from their psychedelic era with their later jazz-rock experiments creeping in just a little towards the end. As well as being good value for money, the CD is actually a good way to listen to the two albums, since they flow together quite well; the final track on the first album, Box 25/4 Lid, in fact features a guesting Hugh Hopper on bass, so it actually acts as an appropriate little marker to signify the changeover from the Ratledge/Wyatt/Ayers lineup to Ratledge/Wyatt/Hopper. Both albums are, of course, enormously important to the Softs' discography, and were also fairly well-received in the psych underground at the time, making this compilation a landmark of where psych and jazz-rock met to spawn Canterbury. Bring two five-star albums together, don't make any serious blunders with the presentation, and what you get is a five-star compilation.

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