The Soft Machine

Soft Machine - The Soft Machine
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1968 Ratings: #32
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December 1, 1968 / Release Date
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I was skeptical about this album but damn... this is incredibly cool LP
Soft Machine's debut is more in line with the psychedelic rock scene of the late 60's before they made a move to a more jazz rock oriented sound but the influence of that genre is still present on their debut. Even though, I don't think this is anything special it is an enjoyable record.

Track Review

Hope For Happiness 7/10
Joy Of A Toy 7.5/10
Hope For Happiness - Reprise 7.5/10
Why Am I So Short? 7.5/10
So Boot If At All 7/10
A Certain Kind 7/10
Save Yourself 8/10
Priscilla 7/10
Lullabye ... read more
Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 1960's: #182

Over/Underrated?: Well rated

With hazy guitars, free jazz percussion and Robert Wyatt's raspy vocals The Soft Machine takes us all on a labyrinthine sonic adventure like no other. The jazz-psych rock fusion has been done and redone in what we now call prog rock but this LP still manages to sound fresh over 50 years later which is perhaps why so many tried to emulate it's sound.

I'm not usually the type to admire lengthy and show-offy guitar or ... read more
13. Box 25/4 Lid
12. Why Am I So Short?
11. Plus belle qu'une poubelle
10. So Boot If at All
9. Hope for Happiness (Reprise)
8. Joy of a Toy
7. Hope for Happiness
6. Save Yourself
5. A Certain Kind
4. We Did It Again
3. Priscilla
2. Why Are We Sleeping?
1. Lullabye Letter
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Added on: November 13, 2014