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Jet Propelled Photographs

Soft Machine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B00000365V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Jet-Propelled Photograph (Shooting At The Moon) 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Memories 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimps of the embryonic Soft Machine. 25 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album could be the start of a 60s music buffs plot for a time travel Sci Fi novel; what if Daevid Allen had got himself a new visa and wasn't forced to quit the band? How would they have developed then? Would Kevin Ayers have stayed longer? Would Robert Wyatt have held on to the balance of power and not been edged out?

We would probably have missed out on Gong and if any of the above scenarios had changed the length of tenure of any of the band members then we might have missed out on some great albums by Ayers, Wyatt and so on.

Although many of the number on this were reworked for the first Soft Machine album, or elsewhere, this is still worth having. The band have the sound of a really very cool underground club band, which they were, but these here there is alive feel unlike the first two albums proper where there is a strong sense of a deal of studio manipulation going on. This is an essential companion to Soft Machine Vols 1&2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good one. 27 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who's a fan of Third, the first 2, and Triple Echo (I am), will dig this. Top stuff - raw, real. 1966 demos. Wyatt as serious as your life (on both vocals and drums), Allen far better than his (by his own admission) bad playing on the previously released Memories (btw check out the version by Material, with a young Witney Huston). I can't get over how good this is actually. Recommended defo. Ratledge the thinking man's Emerson, Ayers solid on bass (and thankfully singing only minor backing). There's been so much new Soft Machine stuff over the last few years, and I love all the extended 3rd type jam material that has come out, but these are the (mostly) original 3 minute songs, and are an essential addition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soulfull Soft Machine 25 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Although I had heard of Soft Machine from their gigs at the UFO and other haunts of the London Underground, it was around the time of Volume 2 that I first heard their music. Then as a student I saw them a couple of times in the era of Third,playing some of the greatest music ever. But as they moved further into Jazz-Rock I kind of lost interest. By the time Robert Wyatt left the group I wasn`t really following them at all.
30 years on I started to explore some of the many historic Soft Machine recordings that have emerged over the years.
I`m still more of a hippie than a jazzer so this CD of early recordings is right up my street. It is a bit short at 31 minutes, but for a Robert Wyatt fan it is great value if you can pick it up cheap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Soft feat.Daevid Allen! 2 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Ovo je kljucni cd za fanove jer sadrzi rane izvorne snimke iz 67'me.Snimljeno u aprilu u Londonu od Giorgia Gomelskog cije je mastere konacno objavio 03'za Charly rec.S.M.su iznad svega neponovljiva grupa pogotovo u ovoj ranoj fazi dok je jos Wyatt pjevao,povremeno na basu i vokalu Kevin Ayers,Ratledge na klavijaturama i australski bitnik Daevid Allen na gitari.Snimci nisu najbolje kvalitete ali sadrzaj je nabijen emocionalnoscu i entuzijazmom pocetaka.Ovo je srce i sama srz Canterbury scene,neizdat orginalan album i nepatvoreni zapis daleko od suvremenika!Za ljubitelje grupe ovaj cd se mora imati gotovo iznad svih nesluzbenih izdanja kojih ima dosta!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Soft Machine 8 Aug 2009
By Mike B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Out of the ashes of the Daevid Allen Trio and The Wilde Flowers arose the mighty Soft Machine. Recorded in April '67, this collection of demos is interesting because we get to hear what they would've sounded like with guitar. It's played here by Daevid Allen, who left before their first album to form Gong. "The Soft Machine" (1968) contained no guitar, and the band went without it until 1975.

These early tracks differ from what fans came to know and love in two major ways. For one, the emphasis is tilted toward rock at this point in their development. It's incredible how much jazzier they became as a drum, bass, and keyboard trio without guitar. Then again, Soft Machine were always enamored of avant-jazzers like Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra - as opposed to the blues-inspired Cream (to name another trio).

The other thing is the lyrics. They are simpler, more heartfelt and direct than what they ended up using. Most are fairly conventional love songs. For example, "I Should've Known" later became "Why Am I So Short?/ So Boot If At All" on the debut. The demo version laments how he should've known his girlfriend would leave him. The debut version is a whole other theme, describing the life of a drummer in hilarious detail. Early Soft Machine could've had hit singles with their comparatively "normal" songs and commercial sound - something the funnier, jazzier Soft Machine never pulled off.

Another I like is "Jet-Propelled Photograph", which drummer Robert Wyatt and bass player Kevin Ayers sing together. Ayers later expanded this and re-titled it "Shooting At The Moon" - the title track of his second solo album. Wyatt sings everything else. A couple are holdovers from the '64 to '67 Wilde Flowers era ("Memories", "She's Gone") - but the guys play better than back then. Only "Save Yourself" and the previously discussed "I Should've Known" made it from these demo sessions onto the first album.

If you don't have "The Soft Machine", then you're missing one of the most important and best debuts of the 60's. A true psychedelic classic. They even toured the U.S. as the opening act for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Chas Chandler (ex-bassist for The Animals) had produced Hendrix's first 2 albums, and co-produced Soft Machine's with jazz entrepreneur Tom Wilson. Wilson had produced a few of Dylan's "gone electric" albums, along with "The Velvet Underground and Nico" and Nico's "Chelsea Girl".

Soft Machine's "Volume Two" was almost as good as "Volume One" (by then they were an expanded unit), but "Third" went down a different path. No longer comprised of short eccentric songs woven into instrumental suites, it was instead long wordless jams (with the exception of Wyatt's amazing "Moon In June"). Even so, their virtuosity carried the day. Three great albums in 3 years, between '68 and '70. Psychedelic jazz/rock of the highest order. For me, that was the band's peak period.

Ayers had left after the first record, and Wyatt left after "Fourth". Both launched still-active, fascinating solo careers. "Fourth" was dull compared to what had come before. Keyboardist and founding member Mike Ratledge continued on with an ever-changing line-up as the group ventured further into serious jazz "fusion" territory. For a full account of band history and personnel, I recommend Graham Bennett's book "Soft Machine: Out-Bloody-Rageous" (2005).

If you'd like to collect their best, check out "Jet-Propelled Photographs", "The Soft Machine" (Volume One), "Volume Two", and "Third". They may not be as well remembered as some of their contemporaries (Pink Floyd, King Crimson), but they were every bit as good - and sometimes better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Embryonic Gong? Prenatal Soft Machine? you decide! 13 Oct 1999
By happydogpotatohead - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As you might expect, this sounds a little like a combination between early Soft Machine and early Gong, primarily due to the presence of Daevid Allen, Gong's master loony. Daevid doesn't sing, but he plays some truly odd - and sometimes quite awful - guitar solos, and contributes to the overall attitude of fresh-faced looney whimsy. Robert Wyatt's drumming and vocals are of course utterly brilliant. Kevin Ayers contributes a couple of songs, and there are early versions of songs that would later appear in other forms on Soft Machine albums. Recording quality is adequate and the band seems under-rehearsed, which is forgivable as this was a rushed session set up by the infamous Giorgio Gomelsky to make a demo tape. It was never intended to be released to the public, but of course it was. This isn't just for Softs and Gong completists, but it sure helps if you are one. There are some great psych-pop songs on here, but it is obvious that both Daevid Allen and the Softs' best work was yet to come. Still a worthwhile diversion.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soft Machine - 'Jet - Propelled Photographs' (Charly) 10 Dec 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'Jet - Propelled Photographs' is apparently a collection of 'never intended to be heard' demos. I've always thought this was Soft Machine's first actual lp, but I was wrong. The nine demos were recorded in 1967 by the original short-lived line-up of Robert Wyatt - vocals & drums, Kevin Ayers - lead vocals, Daevid Allen - guitar and Mike Ratledge - piano & organ. The demos were produced by the legendary Giorgio Gomelsky (one time member of Magma). 'Jet...' has been reissued several times and it seems the disc features a completely different cover each time, this one's a beauty. Best described as eccentric British psych, not that far a cry from the Floyd / Syd Barrett era. With tracks like "Save Yourself", "She's Gone" and "I'd Rather Be With You" sounding pretty good for demos, makes this CD worth giving a spin every now and again. There's only like three Soft Machine CD's I even like and this one tends to show the band at their most pop / song oriented era. Not a bad find.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allen, Ayers, Ratledge and Wyatt together... 24 Oct 1999
By Marcos Henrique - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although some reviews I've read complain about Allen's guitar work, I consider it pretty good (of course, Gong's guitar work is much better). But if you don't have the single "Love Makes Sweet Music/Feelin'Reelin'Squealin" (just like me; does anybody know where I cand find it on CD?), it's perfect. The version of "Jet-Propelled Photographs" presented here, sung by Wyatt, is much better than the one presented at "Shooting at the Moon". And "When I Don't Want You" is pretty good too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Incomplete Picture of an Indispensable Psychedelic Band 22 April 2010
By Chris Frohring - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This collection, ostensibly recorded as a demo for their management, is a glimpse into what the second-most-important psychedelic group in London was up to in spring 1967. The recording quality is good, even if Daevid Allen's guitar chops weren't up-to-snuff (he's famously flagellated himself over this fact). Many of the songs on this set were later refashioned into pieces more in keeping with the progressive direction of the following five years. Even still, they sounded very unique to their contemporaries and wrote many oblique tunes with hooks (see "Jet Propelled Photograph", "I Should've Known" and "Memories"). What's missing are 1.) the recording of "Fred The Fish" from the same sessions 2.) the single "Love Makes Sweet Music" / "Reelin' Feelin' Squealin'" and 3.) the miscellaneous single tracks recorded by this line-up, including another "Fred The Fish", "Television Dream", "What's The Use In Tryin'" and the single version of "She's Gone". If some smart/wealthy collector can compile these tunes together for release, the results would be the lost psychedelic milestone of 1967. Anybody?
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