Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

SPACED (1969)

The Soft Machine

Canterbury Scene

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Soft Machine Spaced (1969) album cover
3.34 | 34 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

Write a review

from partners
Boxset/Compilation, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Spaced One (12:05)
2. Spaced Two (7:36)
3. Spaced Three (2:56)
4. Spaced Four (32:10)
5. Spaced Five (4:16)
6. Spaced Six (4:10)
7. Spaced Seven (3:53)

Total Time: 67:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Hugh Hopper / bass
- Mike Ratledge / electric piano, organ
- Robert Wyatt / drums
- Brian Hopper / saxophones

Releases information

Cd. Cuneiform RUNE 90

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to snobb for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy THE SOFT MACHINE Spaced (1969) Music

THE SOFT MACHINE Spaced (1969) ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (24%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

THE SOFT MACHINE Spaced (1969) reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This music was very quickly recorded in 1969 as the soundtrack for a multimedia 'happening' in London, and as such was never intended as a mainstream release. There is a lot of experimentation with tape loops and odd electronic effects. According to Hugh Hopper's informative sleeve notes, the original tape lasted 90 minutes, but there were long sections of background noise that could be safely edited out.

This is all very different to the majority of their other releases, although as noted above there is some similarity with 'Third'. SOFT MACHINE were never this experimental on their 'official' albums, and as such it's a very interesting document. Don't expect jazz fusion or whimsical little songs, but if you love genuinely experimantal music this may well tickle your fancy.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Three stars. Lucky me that I found this record, because it sounds so fresh and unique. It was very hard for me to find it on the Web for downloading a couple of years ago. Recorded in 1969, this was a very logical step on the part of the Softs before they would craft perhaps their most mind-b ... (read more)

Report this review (#719631) | Posted by Dayvenkirq | Monday, April 9, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This may be the most demented workthe Softs ever released, at least that I've heard. This was originally composed as background for a multimedia event of this title in the time period between the second and third album; so the sense of experimentation and personal challenge for the Softs was grow ... (read more)

Report this review (#57029) | Posted by wooty | Saturday, November 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Drones and Growls, floating distortions... about as different from Softmachine 2 as it can be... Not for your typical hairyknuckled Holdsworth, or Gental Giant fan ... you can hear the timbres and naughty bits of softmachine 3 all over this thing... Recomended for all of us perverted noise ... (read more)

Report this review (#22133) | Posted by | Tuesday, December 9, 2003 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of THE SOFT MACHINE "Spaced (1969)"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.