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The Soft Machine was a pioneering English psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz fusion band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene.

Contents

Discography

Studio Albums

Live albums and compilations

  • Rock Generation Vol. 7 (one side only, 1967 demo recordings) (BYG, 1972)
  • Rock Generation Vol. 8 (one side only, 1967 demo recordings) (BYG, 1972) - This and the preceding entry were combined on subsequent releases, under such titles as Jet Propelled Photographs or Faces & Places Vol.7 (BYG Records). A 1976 release on Charly records was entitled At the Beginning.
  • Triple Echo (3 record compilation, 1967–1976) (Harvest, 1977) - Notable for containing both the rare big-band arrangement of Esther's Nose Job and the completely reworked "here at the BBC" version of the Moon in June lyrics.
  • Live at the Proms 1970 (Reckless, 1988)
  • Turns On Paradiso (Amazing Discs, 1988) (recordings of 1969 - bootleg?)
  • The Untouchable (compilation from Bundles, Softs, and Alive and Well) (Castle Communications, 1990)
  • The Peel Sessions (recorded 1969-1971) (Strange Fruit, 1990)
  • BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert 1971 (Windsong, 1993; also issued as Soft Machine & Heavy Friends by Hux, 2005)
  • BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert 1972 (Windsong, 1994; also issued as Softstage by Hux, 2005)
  • Live at the Paradiso 1969 (Voiceprint, 1995)
  • Live in France (recorded 1972; also issued as Live in Paris by Cuneiform, 2004) (One Way, 1995)
  • Spaced (recorded 1969) (Cuneiform, 1996)
  • Virtually (recorded by Radio Bremen 1971) (Cuneiform, 1998)
  • Noisette (recorded 1970) (Cuneiform, 2000)
  • Backwards (recorded 1968-1970) (Cuneiform, 2002)
  • Facelift (recorded 1970) (Voiceprint, 2002)
  • BBC Radio 1967-1971 (Hux, 2003)
  • BBC Radio 1971-1974 (Hux, 2003)
  • Somewhere In Soho (recorded 1970) (Voiceprint, 2004)
  • Breda Reactor (recorded 1970) (Voiceprint, 2005)
  • Out-Bloody-Rageous (compilation, 1967–1973) (Sony, 2005)
  • Orange Skin Food (2 cd compilation of released live recordings) (Membran/EagleRock, 2005)
  • British Tour'75 (Major League, 2005)
  • Floating World Live (recorded 1975) (MoonJune Records, 2006)
  • Grides (CD/DVD Recorded 1970) (Cuneiform Records, 2006)
  • Middle Earth Masters (CD Recorded 1967) (Cuneiform Records, 2006)
  • Drop (with Phil Howard, recorded 1971) (MoonJune Records, 2008)
  • Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre (recorded 1971) (Reel Recordings, 2009)
  • NDR Jazz Workshop (Hamburg, Germany, May 17, 1973) (Cuneiform Records, 2010)
  • At The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (vinyl re-release of Somewhere In Soho - 2lp)(2011) (Lilith Records)

Notable Singles




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