Header

VIRTUALLY

The Soft Machine

Canterbury Scene


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Soft Machine Virtually album cover
3.65 | 33 ratings | 7 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy THE SOFT MACHINE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Live, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

Set One: (32:14)
1. Facelift (10:04)
2. Virtually (8:17)
3. Slightly all the Time (8:12)
4. Fletchers Blemish (5:41)
Set Two: (45:02)
1. Neo-Caliban Grides (9:26)
2. Out Bloody Rageous (9:59)
3. Eamonn Andrews (4:29)
4. All White (3:16)
5. Kings and Queens (3:37)
6. Teeth (9:20)
7. Pigling Bland (4:55)

Total Time: 77:16

Lyrics

Search THE SOFT MACHINE Virtually lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search THE SOFT MACHINE Virtually tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Elton Dean / alto sax, saxello, electric piano
- Mike Ratledge / electric piano, organ
- Hugh Hopper / bass
- Robert Wyatt / drums

Releases information

Cd. Cuneiform RUNE 100

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

THE SOFT MACHINE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy THE SOFT MACHINE Virtually Music


ThirdThird
Import · Remastered
Sony Bmg Europe 2007
Audio CD$6.83
$5.88 (used)
Original Album ClassicsOriginal Album Classics
Import
Sony Import 2010
Audio CD$14.12
$20.71 (used)
BundlesBundles
Import · Remastered
Phantasm Imports 2010
Audio CD$11.55
$11.38 (used)
SoftsSofts
Import · Remastered
ESOTERIC 2010
Audio CD$10.95
$16.47 (used)
Out-Bloody Rageous an AnthologyOut-Bloody Rageous an Anthology
Import
Columbia Europe 2005
Audio CD$23.14
$23.31 (used)
Live in 1970Live in 1970
Import
Imports 2014
Audio CD$16.25
$20.70 (used)
Volume 2Volume 2
Import · Remastered
EMI Europe Generic 2009
Audio CD$6.69
$10.26 (used)
Volumes One & TwoVolumes One & Two
Import
Big Beat UK 2004
Audio CD$9.84
$8.40 (used)
FifthFifth
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Sony Bmg Europe 2007
Audio CD$7.12
$6.16 (used)
BBC Radio: 1967-1971BBC Radio: 1967-1971
Hux Records 2003
Audio CD$17.71
$15.40 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
The Command Revolution - Sounds of 1969 V/A LP Still Sealed w/Soft Machine, Moog US $14.99 Buy It Now 42m 13s
Soft Machine:Softs LP Harvest 1976 1st Pressing EMI SHSP 4056 A-1/B-3 NM/NM US $11.99 [0 bids]
US $19.99 Buy It Now
1h 21m
The Soft Machine - Noisette (Previously unreleased 1970 live recordings) US $15.95 [0 bids]
1h 57m
Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat rare LP great condition Soft Machine US $18.99 [0 bids]
2h 12m
Soft Machine - Third (NEW 2 x 12" VINYL LP) US $41.35 Buy It Now 3h 27m
PLAYBACK 65 Murray McLaughlan Soft Machine US $24.99 Buy It Now 3h 50m
Soft Machine - Third [CD New] US $8.78 Buy It Now 3h 51m
Soft Machine - Rubber Riff (CD) - HST020CD US $13.49 Buy It Now 4h 53m
Kevin Ayers Sweet Deceiver LP ILPS 0322 UK Import Island Soft Machine US $11.00 [0 bids]
5h 5m
SOFT MACHINE - THE SOFT MACHINE - FIRST ALBUM US $33.75 Buy It Now 5h 7m
SOFT MACHINE - TURNS ON VOLUME 2 - NEW US $9.74 Buy It Now 5h 8m
IL MEGLIO DELLA NEW AGE BABEL GONG,SOFT MACHINE OTHERS NEW SEALED CD US $1.99 [0 bids]
US $2.99 Buy It Now
5h 26m
Soft Machine Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club 2x LP NEW 180g vinyl US $39.95 Buy It Now 5h 29m
Soft Machine Live At Het Turfschip 1970 2x LP NEW 180g vinyl [Robert Wyatt] US $39.95 Buy It Now 5h 31m
Soft Machine Shooting At The Moon CD NEW SEALED 2006 US $8.42 Buy It Now 5h 36m
The Soft Machine Milestones 2 LP set Probe UK Import SC 18450186 US $15.00 [0 bids]
6h 13m
Soft Machine-Top Gear UK-John Peel '67-69-PROG ROCK-NEW LP US $34.99 Buy It Now 6h 36m
Third by Soft Machine (CD, May-1992, Sony/Columbia) US $7.50 [0 bids]
6h 58m
PRIVATE US LP COSMIC JAZZROCK SYNTH Tim Leese "After Hours" ZAPPA/SOFT MACHINE! US $24.99 [0 bids]
7h 2m
Hear COSMIC SYNTH/JAZZROCK The Fents "First Offense" LP '83 ZAPPA/SOFT MACHINE! US $69.99 [0 bids]
7h 2m
MATCHING MOLE CBS 64850 1972 soft machine prog robert wyatt rare vinyl uk A2/B3 US $139.00 Buy It Now 7h 21m
kevin ayers(soft machine)-spanish banana-rare live tracks- 1993 japan silver cd US $39.99 Buy It Now 7h 26m
SOFT MACHINE Live Het Turfschip Netherlands 1971 VINYL LOVERS Sealed 180g 2xLP US $28.00 Buy It Now 7h 40m
Soft Machine - 7(Mini Lp Sleeve) [CD New] US $39.26 Buy It Now 7h 52m
SOFT MACHINE Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club VINYL LOVERS Sealed 180 Gram Vinyl 2xLP US $28.00 Buy It Now 8h 33m
ELTON DEAN ELTON DEAN (SOFT MACHINE) RARE JAZZ CBS STEREO US $70.00 Buy It Now 8h 55m
HUGH HOPPER Hopper Tunity Box SOFT MACHINE Elton Dean Richard Brunton FREE JAZZ US $11.73 Buy It Now 9h 8m
The Soft Machine Legacy live concert London 13 May 2005 poster A5 size US $25.31 Buy It Now 9h 34m
Kevin Ayers:Joy Toy Empty Promo Box[Japan Mini-LP no cd soft machine oldfield QG US $80.75 Buy It Now 9h 55m
Soft Machine Breda Reactor Live 2-CD NEW SEALED Hugh Hopper/Robert Wyatt US $10.11 Buy It Now 10h 29m
SOFT MACHINE Softs SHP4056 UK Import LP Record NM/VG++ US $24.95 Buy It Now 12h 14m
ELTON DEAN "JUST US" UK CANTERBURY PROG 1972 ROY BABBINGTON SOFT MACHINE !!! US $7.99 [0 bids]
12h 28m
HUGH HOPPER BAND "MECCANO PELORUS" UK PROG SOFT MACHINE LTD EDITION OF 2000 RARE US $7.99 [0 bids]
12h 28m
SOFT MACHINE-Noisette CD NEW US $17.42 Buy It Now 13h 17m
SOFT MACHINE-Grides (Cd + Dvd) CD NEW US $23.12 Buy It Now 13h 17m
Volume Two [Bonus Tracks] by Soft Machine (CD, Jul-2009, EMI) US $7.65 Buy It Now 13h 23m
Bundles - Soft Machine LP UK IMPORT PROG US $6.99 [0 bids]
13h 49m
SOFT MACHINE NEW CD US $20.71 Buy It Now 14h 14m
SOFT MACHINE SELF TITLED ALBUM JAPAN SHM-CD SEALED AUDIOPHILE US $36.00 Buy It Now 14h 26m
Soft Machine Japan 4 Mini LP CDs w/bonus material  US $59.95 Buy It Now 14h 31m
Six [Remaster] by Soft Machine (CD, Feb-2007, Sony BMG) US $7.96 Buy It Now 15h 27m
Soft Machine - Softs (2010 European Mini-LP sleeve Arcangelo ARC-7337) US $21.95 Buy It Now 16h 54m
Caravan Nowhere to Hide SEALED 2003 Germany CD Jethro Tull Soft Machine Camel US $37.95 Buy It Now 18h 19m
Caravan The Album SEALED 2004 UK CD Soft Machine Wilde Flowers Jehro Tull Camel US $31.95 Buy It Now 18h 50m
Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine) Dondestan ORIGINAL UK 1991 LP Insert US $95.00 Buy It Now 19h 44m
Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine) Old Rottenhat ORIGINAL UK LP Gatefold US $65.00 Buy It Now 19h 44m
Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine) Work In Progress 1984 EP US $32.00 Buy It Now 19h 44m
Robert Wyatt, Soft Machine Vol 2 (1969) 1989 LP Big Beat Reissue US $35.00 Buy It Now 19h 44m
Soft Machine - Third CD COLUMBIA R US $13.85 Buy It Now 20h 35m
SOFT MACHINE FIFTH JAPAN CD MINT +OBI ESCA-5418 RARE RELEASE 1991 OUT OF PRINT US $19.99 Buy It Now 23h
Soft Machine Bundles Japan Orig. LP OBI INSERT NM US $19.99 [0 bids]
23h 57m
SOFT MACHINE - SEVEN (IMPORT) NEW CD US $43.21 Buy It Now 1 day
SOFT MACHINE - FOURTH (IMPORT) (BLU-SPEC) NEW CD US $49.30 Buy It Now 1 day
The Soft Machine The Soft Machine CD UK Rock Album Music Brand New US $11.80 Buy It Now 1 day
SOFT MACHINE-ALIVE & WELL RECORDED IN PARIS-JAPAN MINI LP BLU-SPEC 2 CD Hi75 zd US $45.50 Buy It Now 1 day
Soft Machine Softs ( U.K. Reissue ) New & Sealed US $20.24 Buy It Now 1 day
Soft Machine Proto Soft Machine (Ltd 140g Clear Vinyl-only 500!)New US $27.00 Buy It Now 1 day
SOFT MACHINE 2xLP Third COLUMBIA avant psych jazz noise rock US $8.00 [1 bids]
1 day
Soft Machine John Peel's Top Gear (Ltd 140g Clear Vinyl-only 500!)New US $27.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Soft Machine [CD New] US $12.67 Buy It Now 1 day
Different Strokes VARIOUS - Soft Machine, Nyro, Spirit, Miles - LP RECORD US $1.99 [0 bids]
1 day
RARE - THE SOFT MACHINE LP on PROBE - ORIGINAL MOVABLE PARTS COVER - NEAR MINT US $24.95 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE SEVEN JAPAN MINI LP CD Wyatt OOP US $19.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE FIFTH JAPAN MINI LP CD Wyatt OOP US $19.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE FOURTH JAPAN MINI LP CD Wyatt OOP US $19.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE SIX JAPAN MINI LP CD Wyatt OOP US $19.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE THIRD PLUS A BONUS CD LIVE AT THE PROMS JAPAN MINI LP CD OOP US $24.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Soft Machine Live At Het Turfschip Netherlands 1970 2x LP 180g Vinyl NEW US $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
CD-Soft Machine-Turns On Vol.1~ late 60's UK prog psych~jazz US $9.99 [0 bids]
1 day
CD-Soft Machine-Turns On Vol.2~ late 60's UK prog psych~jazz US $9.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Soft Machine Soft Machine Japan Mini LP Sleeve CD Limited Edition UICY-9687 NEW US $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SOFT MACHINE - FIFTH - NEW CD US $23.62 Buy It Now 1 day
THE SOFT MACHINE, MP3, 11 albums, 8+ hours of music playing - NEW US $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
LP-The Soft Machine-Same~POPSIKE PROG PSYCH 1st LP ROBERT WYATT GEM US $39.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE LP naughty cover Probe 1967 wheel spins Kevin Ayers Robt Wyatt NM US $11.71 [2 bids]
1 day
Teddybears : Soft Machine CD (2006) US $3.25 Buy It Now 1 day
KEVIN AYRES "Shooting At The Moon" New RM Top 70s UK prog psych Soft Machine US $9.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Rock 2Lp Set Uk Set Soft Machine / Robert Wyatt / The Flock / Spirit /Skin Alley US $6.50 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE - VOLUME TWO NEW CD US $20.71 Buy It Now 1 day
KARL JENKINS ADIEMUS III dances JAPAN 2 CD Soft Machine US $14.44 [0 bids]
1 day
KARL JENKINS ADIEMUS III JAPAN CD Soft Machine Nucleus US $10.99 [0 bids]
1 day
KARL JENKINS ADIEMUS JAPAN CD Soft Machine Nucleus US $14.44 [0 bids]
1 day
KARL JENKINS stabat JAPAN CD Soft Machine Nucleus SEAL US $12.99 [0 bids]
1 day
THE SOFT MACHINE 1ST RECORD UNCENSORED DIE CUT WHEEL EXCELLENT VINYL US $60.00 [0 bids]
1 day
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY STEAM +1 JAPAN CD John Etheridge Hugh Hopper John Marshall US $16.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Brian Hopper & Robert Fenner Virtuality CD NEW SEALED 2001 Soft Machine US $8.42 Buy It Now 1 day
SOFT MACHINE -LAND OF COCKAYNE---1981 BRITISH ROCK LP--- US $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Soft Machine [Box] by Soft Machine (CD, Oct-2010, 5 Discs, Sony Music... US $18.16 Buy It Now 1 day
Best Of [IMPORT] - Soft Machine - CD US $2.00 [0 bids]
1 day
SEALED SOFT MACHINE "memories" Rare Psych Robert Wyatt US $13.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SOFT MACHINE THE SOFT MACHINE rare German Horzu Lp US $28.68 Buy It Now 1 day
THE SOFT MACHINE FIRST RELEASE S/T REMASTERED CD !! US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $12.99 Buy It Now
1 day
THE SOFT MACHINE VOLUME TWO REMASTERED CD !! US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $12.99 Buy It Now
1 day
Soft Machine: Bundles CDep (Japan Mini-LP cd karl jenkins hugh hopper wyatt Q US $33.25 Buy It Now 1 day
Soft Machine - Land Of Cockayne (1996 One Way S21-18936) US $17.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Soft Machine - Alive & Well Recorded in Paris (1990 See For Miles SEE CD 290) US $17.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Soft Machine S/T [1968] Japan SHM-CD UICY-20052 W/Obi US $4.99 [0 bids]
1 day
THE SOFT MACHINE The Soft Machine S/T Self-Titled CD NEW Remastered Bonus Tracks US $18.54 Buy It Now 1 day
SOFT MACHINE-TURNS ON (AN EARLY COLLECTION)-JAPAN 2 CD H40 zd US $38.50 Buy It Now 1 day
LP Soft Machine "Fourth" CBS 64280 A1 B3 Made in England not Holland - Prog Rock US $50.63 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy THE SOFT MACHINE music online Buy THE SOFT MACHINE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for THE SOFT MACHINE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

THE SOFT MACHINE Virtually ratings distribution


3.65
(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
15%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

THE SOFT MACHINE Virtually reviews


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

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars In the last two weeks I have reviewed a few posthumous live recording of SM , and found a few superb albums that every Machine fan shopuld own! However I do not think this is one of them although the line-up present here is a classic one. The recording date should be among the last that Robert Wyatt played with them, before getting "sacked" (on his own admission Wyatt realized later that SM was the band that made him miserable) by Ratledge who did not like his singing.

I think that this night in Hamburg was definitely not one of their best unless you are into Elton Dean's work. Clearly he had taken over the band - maybe not in writing credits , but certainly in influences and he will soon be responsible for the hiring of Phil Howard as replacement of Wyatt, the band taking an even worse twist towards free-jazz , before Howard getting fired by Hopper and Ratledge. In theses tapes Dean is all over with his sometimes disciordant sax improvs and his rather good El piano in doubling Ratledge, but really , the track listing however interesting it might be is unfortunately very deceiving (IMHO) and most tracks being played in a much better version elsewhere but on this album. For once , Cuneiform releases a sub-par album (this remains a personal view point , because I have met fans who think this album is one of their best) , but this ios an exception. IMHO , you might want to try Noisette or Live In France.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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).

Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#52192) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars 4.5 stars. This was recorded live in Germany March 23,1971 by Radio Bremem with the classic SOFT MACHINE lineup. Hopper, Ratledge, Wyatt and Dean. Of course the sound quality is excellent since it was a Radio Bremen recording. Most of the tracks blend into one another.This is just a pleasure to listen to as all four guys seem to be at their best, plus we get some of SOFT MACHINE's legendary songs.

Things get started with "Facelift" which starts slowly with fuzz and some sparse sounds that come and go. It starts to come to life more after 2 minutes.This is so good. "Virtually" opens with drums, sax and fuzz then the tempo picks up before a minute with drums, bass and sax out front. Piano joins in too.They just jam here, seemingly with their heads down. A calm before 5 minutes and check out Hopper ! "Slightly All The Time" settles in before a minute with piano, sax, bass and drums.The sax stops briefly around 4 minutes. The fuzz comes to the fore 5 1/2 minutes in. Great sound. "Fletcher's Blemish" settles in with vocal expressions from Wyatt along with other sounds.This is experimental sounding. "Neo-Caliban Grides" features more insanity with the sax leading early. Drums and fuzz to the fore then the sax returns. Check out Hopper again.

"Out-Bloody-Rageous" opens with bass and piano as sax joins in with drums. Some vocal sounds after 9 minutes echo. Very cool. "Eamonn Andrews" continues with the vocal expressions.Very psychedelic. The tempo picks up after 3 minutes and the vocals continue to echo until after 4 minutes whe the drums and fuzz kick in. Sax too. "All White" is a great sounding tune where they jam with some ferver. "Kings And Queens" settles with sax leading. Drums are more prominant before 3 minutes. "Teeth" kicks in with power but the tempo will shift often here. A very interesting song. Check out the organ and sax together before 3 1/2 minutes. "Pigling Bland" features keyboards, bass and drums as sax plays over top. The tempo picks up around 3 minutes. Ratledge's turn to let it rip then Hopper digs deep to end it.

I highly recommend this life release from one of the greatest live bands ever. The sound quality lives up to the performance as well.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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).

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#323092) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Latest members reviews

2 stars No newcomer should start here, since Virtually contains several of the band's fatal flaws and not so much of it's good sides. Soft Machine was a band equally powerful live as it was in the studio, but with Dean's constant use of the saxello by the end of 1970, Ratledge's less time with untreated ... (read more)

Report this review (#452376) | Posted by JackFloyd | Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars My house is full of Soft Machine albums, I have just noticed. I love the band when they attacks songs like Facelift with a massive force of drums fuzzy bass, fuzzy organs and various woodwind instruments. For me; what makes Soft Machine so great is the power balance in the sound between the ... (read more)

Report this review (#423957) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, March 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album of all Soft Machine albums was my second purchase, after the critically aclaimed Third. I've decided to take time and break it down into good qualities and bad qualities: GOOD -Improvational skills were incredible for all 4 players. Especially for Elton Dean. He could even be be ... (read more)

Report this review (#66092) | Posted by | Sunday, January 22, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Live board of SOFT MACHINE announced in 1998 "Virtualy". Work recorded in Bremen in Germany in March, 1971 that immediately after announcing "4". It is a composition of almost the same album as common "BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert" at the recorded time. However, this album is performed only by ... (read more)

Report this review (#49234) | Posted by braindamage | Thursday, September 29, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars While this might be a difficult place to start for newcomers (and 'difficult listening' for those not into free improvisation), for those of you who are long-time fans (and I am one) I can say that this is the very best SM recording out there. This is the Softs playing for themselves, improvising an ... (read more)

Report this review (#22137) | Posted by | Monday, February 02, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of THE SOFT MACHINE "Virtually"

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

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

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).

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

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.75 seconds