Soft Machine band (documentary)

Soft Machine band (documentary)

Soft Machine – Live

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Soft Machine (billed as The Soft Machine up to 1969 or 1970)[7] were formed in mid-1966 by Robert Wyatt (drums, vocals), Kevin Ayers (bass, guitar, vocals), Daevid Allen (guitar) and Mike Ratledge (organ) plus, for the first few gigs only, American guitarist Larry Nowlin.[8] Allen, Wyatt and future bassist Hugh Hopper first played together in the Daevid Allen Trio in 1963, occasionally accompanied by Ratledge. Wyatt, Ayers, and Hopper had been founding members of The Wilde Flowers, incarnations of which would also include future members of another Canterbury band, Caravan.

This first Soft Machine line-up became involved in the early UK underground, performing at the UFO Club and other London clubs like the Speakeasy Club and Middle Earth. Their first single, “Love Makes Sweet Music” (recorded 5 February 1967, produced by Chas Chandler), was released by Polydor in February, backed with “Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin’” (January 1967, produced by Kim Fowley). In April 1967 they recorded seven demo songs with producer Giorgio Gomelsky in De Lane Lea Studios that remained unreleased until 1971 in a dispute over studio costs.[9] They also played in the Netherlands, Germany, and on the French Riviera.

During July and August 1967, Gomelsky booked shows along the Côte d’Azur with the band’s most famous early gig taking place in the village square of Saint-Tropez. This led to an invitation to perform at producer Eddie Barclay’s trendy “Nuit Psychédélique”, performing a forty-minute rendering of “We Did It Again”, singing the refrain over and over in a trance-like quality. This made them instant darlings of the Parisian “in” crowd, resulting in invitations to appear on television shows and at the Paris Biennale in October 1967. Sharing the same management as Jimi Hendrix, the band supported the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s North America tour throughout 1968.

Soft Machine’s first album was recorded in New York City in April at the end of the first leg of the tour. Back in London, guitarist Andy Summers, later of The Police, joined the group following the breakup of Dantalian’s Chariot (previously Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band). After a few weeks of rehearsals, the quartet began a tour of the U.S. with some solo shows before reuniting with Hendrix during August and September 1968. Summers was fired at the insistence of Ayers. Ayers departed amicably after the final tour date at the Hollywood Bowl in mid-September, and Soft Machine disbanded. Wyatt stayed in the U.S. to record solo demos, while Ratledge returned to London and began composing in earnest.

One of Wyatt’s demos, Slow Walkin’ Talk, allowed Wyatt to make use of his multi-instrumentalist skills (Hammond organ, piano, drums and vocals) and featured Hendrix on bass guitar. A return to the name “Soft Machine” (2015–present) In September and October 2015, it was announced that the band Soft Machine Legacy (made of guitarist John Etheridge, drummer John Marshall, bass player Roy Babbington and sax, flute and keyboard player Theo Travis) would be performing under the name “Soft Machine” in late 2015 and early 2016: two shows in the Netherlands and Belgium in early December 2015 and a series of seven UK shows in March–April 2016.

In December 2015, it was confirmed that the band had dropped the “Legacy” tag from their name, as the band featured three of the group’s 1970s era members – John Etheridge, John Marshall and Roy Babbington – joined by Theo Travis on sax, flute and keyboard. On 7 September 2018, Soft Machine released Hidden Details, their first new studio album in five years (first album under “Soft Machine” moniker since 1981).

In Fall and Winter 2018, they toured the world as part of their 50th anniversary celebration and in support of the new album, and the US in January and February 2019. On 20 March 2020, Soft Machine released Live at The Baked Potato (on Tonefloat Records), their first new original live album in decades. It was recorded live at The Baked Potato, Los Angeles, CA on 1 February 2019 and was initially only available as a twelve-track only-200-numbered-copy limited edition double vinyl LP; it has since been released on CD.

Soft Machine’s music has been described by critics and journalists as progressive rock,[ experimental rock, jazz rock,[ jazz, psychedelic rock[ and art rockas well as being a part of the Canterbury scene of progressive rock.

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Line up: John Etheridge – Guitar Theo Travis – Flute, S&T Sax, Keys Nic France – Drums Fred Baker – Fretless Bass

The playlist: 1- Hidden Details 2- TheManWhoWavedAtTrains 3- Gesolreut 4- Kings and Queens 5- One Glove 6- Facelift 7- Relegation of Pluto_Tarabos 8- Sideburn 9- Hazard Profile, Part One ~ Encore: 10- Chloe & the Pirates Thanks to Alain Gagnon.