Soft Machine

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Intro

Soft Machine, one of the few bands inspired by;-
Jazz,
Rock,
Psychedelic Rock
and
Progressive Rock

Info

They were a band from Canterbury, England, who named themselves after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs.

They were one of the most influential bands in the Canterbury circuit, and were definitely pioneers in the world of Progressive Rock.

They did achieve very little, in a commercial sense, but they are considered by a large amount of people as a huge influence.

Allmusic were quoted to say - "one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones."

Albums List

1) 1968: The Soft Machine

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2) 1969: Volume Two

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3) 1970: Third

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4) 1971: Fourth

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5) 1972: Fifth

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6) 1973: Six

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7) 1973: Seven

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8) 1975: Bundles

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9) 1976: Softs

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10) 1981: Land of Cockayne

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Members Name Check

  • Mike Ratledge – keyboards, flute (1966–1968, 1969–1976)
  • Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals, keyboards, bass (1966–1968, 1969–1971)
  • Kevin Ayers – bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards (1966–1968; died 2013)
  • Daevid Allen – guitar, vocals, bass (1966–1967; died 2015)
  • Larry Nowlin – guitar (1966)
  • Andy Summers – guitar (1968)
  • Hugh Hopper – bass, saxophone, guitar (1968–1973; died 2009)
  • Elton Dean – saxophone, keyboards (1969–1972; died 2006)
  • Lyn Dobson – flute, saxophone (1969–1970)
  • Mark Charig – cornet (1969)
  • Nick Evans – trombone (1969)
  • Phil Howard – drums (1971)
  • John Marshall – drums, percussion (1971–1984)
  • Karl Jenkins – oboe, saxophone, keyboards, synthesisers (1972–1984)
  • Roy Babbington – bass (1973–1976)
  • Allan Holdsworth – guitar (1973–1975)
  • John Etheridge – guitar (1975–1978)
  • Alan Wakeman – saxophone (1976)
  • Ray Warleigh – saxophone (1976)
  • Ric Sanders – violin (1976–1978)
  • Percy Jones – bass (1976–1977)
  • Steve Cook – bass (1977–1978)