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Volumes One And Two CD


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  • Audio CD (12 Jun 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Beat/Ace
  • ASIN: B0000004F9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hope for Happiness
2. Joy of a Toy
3. Hope for Happiness (Reprise)
4. Why Am I So Short?
5. So Boot If at All
6. Certain Kind, A
7. Save Yourself
8. Priscilla
9. Lullabye Letter
10. We Did It Again
11. Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
12. Why Are We Sleeping?
13. Box 25/4 Lid
14. Rivmic Melodies
15. Pataphysical Introduction-PT 1 (Concise, A)
16. British Alphabet-PT 1 (Hibou, Anemone And Bear)
17. Concise British Alphabet-PTII
18. Hulloder
19. Dada Was Here
20. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By a.campbell@ntlworld.com on 9 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
These 2 albums were released originally independently, and you can see a true progression in the way that pop/psychedelia was being explored in the UK/60's. Vol.1 was "feeling" the way, but still had a basis rooted in their contemporaries (floyd, beatles etc.). But when Vol.2 came out -WOW!!! Even the first few chords of the 1st track (from "Pataphysical Intro") showed that this album would be like nothing like anything else that preceded (and arguably followed) it. It is so difficult to categorize it - but why bother? Just enjoy it. It's got everything in it (including "knickers and panties - nude, bare, naked" - and with no scrimping on the rich and sometimes complex arrangements. Tracks flow into and recede from each other to make this a listening experience where you have to hear the whole record from start to finish. In vol.1 this linkage, again is experimented with, but lacks the polish and completeness of vol.2. I heard that on the strength of Vol.2, Soft Machine were invited to do the proms (1st pop/rock group to do so). As to the richness of the sound, compare vol.2 with its live "Paradiso" session (also on cd). Same tracks, yet the trio amazingly still manage to convey the sound of a small orchestra! This along with Can's "Tago Mago" must rate as one of my all time favourites! Both smashed the underground frontiers of the music scene in that magic period that straddled the 60's & 70's. This is the sort of cd you by 2 of ...and hand down to your kids and their kids!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb 2001
Format: Audio CD
These two albums really show what the Soft Machine was capable of in the late sixties, while Psychedelic rivals and contemporaies Pink Floyd were still suffering from Syd Barrett's departure, The Soft Machine had used a gruelling tour supporting Hendrix across America to hone their own skills to ragged perfection. The first volume is basically the live set recorded in a studio, it sounds like Jazz played by punk rockers, all distorted organ and plunky bass flying off in random directions held together by Ayres pop sensability and Wyatts wonderful drumming and very English sounding vocals. The second album was recorded after a Ayres had left exhausted by the US tour, and was originally meant to be the last album, The first side is a suite of newly drafted in Bassists jazzily wonderful pop songs re-arranged by Wyatt. however one of the finest moments on the first side is Organist Mike Ratledge's Hibou, Anmone and Bear. The second side features two indepent songs the first a homage to former bassist Kevin Ayres, the second a strange - but oddly beautiful- song of Hugh Hopper's. The album ends with Mike Ratledge's powerhouse suite Esther's Nose Job - featuring some comical lyrics in the first section. Together these two albums add up to a brilliant hour and a bit of Pure jazzy Psychedelic fusion that really rocks hard!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mcclure on 20 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I was young I found this a difficult brace of albums to get into but although it didn't all turn me on immediately I always knew that there was enough in there to make it worth my while sticking at it. Once the penny dropped it all became very clear and I do still love this music. The wonderful thing about this CD version is that there is enough room to cram on both albums so that I can listen to it as a whole. There are clearly songs and pieces of music in there that I am very fond of but picking them out seems to miss the poit. The separate pieces are all part of a whole so that although I always await with anticipation of hearing "You may laugh at me, Say I don't deserve..." I would never consider isolating any of these tracks from the whole album(s)

Although Soft machine went on to seemingly more serious jazz orientated music on Third Fourth and Fifth particularly. However I would argue, and indeed have argued quite pasionately, that you don't need to be overtlt serious and poe faced about your art to be deadly serious in your intent just as there is nothing quite so frightening than a television or radio presenter being constantlt "happy"

I love this band and accept the various splits and changes that happened along the way but this will alway be may favourite
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jeremy Carter on 22 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Marvellous albums, excellent value - they could have been very rich & famous a la Pink Floyd but in the words of Major Willard in Apocalpyse Now 'they went for themselves'
I often wonder what happened on their USA Tour supporting Jimi Hendrix - the audience must have been totally bemused by this bunch.
Oh well - It all went t*ts up after Robert Wyatt flew the coop but we have these 2 albums which still sound utterly radical (& wouldnt get anywhere near any 'chart' even today)
Well done those men!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Colin Whitehead on 11 Jun 2001
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Soft Machine 1 is like Quicksilver's Happy Trails - raw, extravagant and virtuoso. Right from the start you know you are in for a white knuckle ride. Hope for Happiness has the most stunning organ solo I've ever heard, and Wyatt's drumming is thrilling. Why did they get so "studied" later?
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