This album is a continuation of Soft Machine Volume 1 (VP231CD). As the year
1967 progressed so did the musical exposure of Soft Machine and their shows
incorporated full audio visual experiences of the time to include light displays.
It is these shows from which the tracks on volume 2 are taken.
The songs incorporate the works of Kevin Ayers, Hugh and Brian Hopper and there
are pieces by Mike Ratledge and Robert Wyatt which would later flourish into
extended suites and form the backbone of their live recordings and concerts.
During 1967, Australian Daevid Allen was forced to leave the band due to an
expired passport but he was later to form Gong. Soft Machine continued as a
trio until Andy Summers joined them as guitarist for the American tour in 1968
where the band were the support for Jimi Hendrix. It was after this tour that
Hugh Hopper rejoined the band with Kevin leaving, and Soft Machine then
entered it's classic phase.
This album captures Soft Machine prior to its classic period with a distinctive
style created by Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers from the Wilde Flowers along
with Daevid Allen and Mike Ratledge. The band indulged in considerable
improvisation with long continuous sets sometimes ear splittingly loud. Some
brilliant tracks with stylish artwork which will be a must for followers of the
Canterbury Music Scene.
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