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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

3.96 | 670 ratings

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Jake E.
4 stars Released in 1968, "The Soft Machine" one of the first Canterbury Collective albums from one of the founding canterbury bands "Soft Machine" featuring Robert Wyatt on Vocals/Drums, Kevin Ayers on Bass, and Mr. Ratledge on Organ... This is a very sixties sounding album with lots of psychedelic jams and songs that bleed into each other, often leaving you confused as an LSD experience... The journey begins with Hope for Happiness which begins slow with multi-vocal tracks and echoing drums, in no time drums begin and you begin to be dragged into Joy Of A Toy, which begins with a trippy bass intro and the same echo drum beat from the previous song, towards the end the drums become more known and fast, which is joined by the organ, and echoes... Hope For Happines, hope for happiness, hope for happiness reprise, all my friends always say: "we just heard this song". 4 Why Am I So Short is a crazy jazzy song "I'm nearly five-foot-seven tall, I like to smoke and drink and ball". 5 So Boot If It All is a psychedelic tune whichs shoots electricty and vibrations up and down your spine, includes lots and lots of different jams and crazy frantic drums playing, this song has a trippy outro that is connected with A Certain Kind which is a beautiful song, great lyrics, bass, organ, and drums .: Side Two:. side two starts with Save Yourself which is more Rock orientated, the end of this song is a psychedelic jam which leads into Priscilla reminds me of video-game music, jazzy bass, electronic sounding organ, a short song which is a bridge to my favorite song on the album; Lullabye Letter one word to descibe it: Wild. 10 we did it again is the mantra for We Did It Again, includes Kevin Ayers on Vocals. 11 Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle a filler song that is upbeat and has a good bass line to it, this song sets up the most progressive song on the album Why Are We Sleeping includes Ayers on Vocal duties once again. Box 25/4 Lid is a weird way to end an album piano sync with fuzz bass. Over all this album is trippy and often overlooked by Soft Machines best album Third
Jake E. | 4/5 |


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