The Soft Machine* ‎– Volume Two

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Rivmic Melodies 17:06
Pataphysical Introduction - Pt. I 1:00
A Concise British Alphabet - Pt. I 0:10
Hibou, Anemone And Bear 5:58
A Concise British Alphabet - Pt. II 0:12
Hulloder 0:52
Dada Was Here 3:25
Thank You Pierrot Lunaire 0:47
Have You Ever Bean Green? 1:23
Pataphysical Introduction - Pt. II 0:50
Out Of Tunes 2:30
Esther's Nose Job 16:13
As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still 2:30
Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening 2:30
Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging 1:50
Pig 2:07
Orange Skin Food 1:52
A Door Opens And Closes 1:09
10:30 Returns To The Bedroom 4:14

Versions (20)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CPLP 4505, CPLP 4505 S, CPLP-4505-S The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, Gat) Probe, Probe, Probe CPLP 4505, CPLP 4505 S, CPLP-4505-S US 1969 Sell This Version
921 019 Soft Machine Vol 2(LP, Album) Barclay 921 019 France 1969 Sell This Version
SPB 1002, 1E 062 90416 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album) Probe, Emi SPB 1002, 1E 062 90416 UK 1969 Sell This Version
CPLP 4505, CPLP 4505 S, CPLP-4505-S The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, Gat) Probe, Probe, Probe CPLP 4505, CPLP 4505 S, CPLP-4505-S Canada 1969 Sell This Version
SPB 1002 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, Pin) Probe SPB 1002 UK 1969 Sell This Version
CPLP 4505 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE) Command, Probe CPLP 4505 US 1969 Sell This Version
921 019 Soft Machine Vol 2(LP, Album, RE) Barclay 921 019 France 1971 Sell This Version
28 601 XAT The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE) ABC Records 28 601 XAT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
RB 159 The Soft Machine* Vol. 2(LP, Album, RE) Record Bazaar RB 159 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
WIKA 58 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE) Big Beat Records WIKA 58 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
WIKA 58 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE) Big Beat Records WIKA 58 UK 1987 Sell This Version
MCAD-22065 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(CD, Album, RE) One Way Records (6) MCAD-22065 US 1990 Sell This Version
water196, B0008536-02 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(CD, Album, RE) Water, Universal Music Special Markets water196, B0008536-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
532 050-6 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor, Universal UMC 532 050-6 UK 2009 Sell This Version
TPT 234 Soft Machine Volume Two(LP, Album, Gat) Tapestry Records TPT 234 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
LP 5342 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE) Sundazed Music, Universal Music Special Markets, Probe LP 5342 US 2010 Sell This Version
SC 6306 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(CD, Album, RE, RM) Sundazed Music SC 6306 US 2012 Sell This Version
ORL 8663 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE) MCA Coral ORL 8663 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
CPLP 4505 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE) Probe, ABC Records CPLP 4505 US Unknown Sell This Version
CPLP 4505-S, CPLP 4505 The Soft Machine* Volume Two(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Scorpio Music, Probe CPLP 4505-S, CPLP 4505 US Unknown Sell This Version

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P_Hangman

January 31, 2013
referencing Volume Two, LP, Album, Gat, CPLP 4505, CPLP 4505 S, CPLP-4505-S

From the jazzy and melodic first Suite of this marvelous release to the more complex side two, the second studio Album from the Soft Machine is nothing but pure imagination. With only four credited musicians, the group was capable to create a colourful Rock-Opera-like song in the long "Rivmic Melodies", fusing a great variety of moods almost perfectly. "As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still" is more hard rock influenced; a tribute to the ex-bandmate Roy Ayers; followed by the sweet -and often weird- ballad "Dedicated To You", with Wyatt singing smoothly. The "Esther's Nose Job" is the opposite to the First half of the music: a Psychedelic Rock suite with a little of Avant-Garde, but with the same energy.

A rewarding listen from almost every point of view, this Album just shows an intermediary between the Rock-Pop fusion in the debut album of the group and the Jazz-Rock showed later. A fan of both musical genres will be pleased!