Soft Machine BBC sessions

official releases:

<0> Triple Echo (Harvest) - 3LP set
<1> The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit)
<2> Various - Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 2 (Voiceprint)
<3> Live at the Proms 1970 (Reckless) -> Third [bonus disc] (Sony)
<4> Live 1970 (Blueprint)
<5> BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Windsong) -> Heavy Friends: BBC In Concert 1971 (Hux)
<6> BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Windsong) -> Soft Stage: BBC In Concert 1972 (Hux)
<7> Kevin Ayers - Singing The Bruise (Band Of Joy) -> Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976 (Hux)
<8> Turns On Volume 1 (Voiceprint)
<9> Backwards (Cuneiform)
<10> BBC Radio 1967-1971 (Hux)
<11> BBC Radio 1971-1974 (Hux)
<12> Heavy Friends: BBC In Concert 1971 (Hux)
<13> Soft Stage: BBC In Concert 1972 (Hux)
Soft Machnie Peel Sessions Soft Machnie Canterburied Sounds Soft Machnie Proms 1970 Soft Machnie Live 1970 Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert Soft Machnie Kevin Ayers Singing The Bruise Soft Machnie Turns On Volume 1 Soft Machnie Backwards Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1967-1971 Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1971-1974 Soft Machnie Heavy Friends Soft Machnie Soft Stage
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bootlegs:

[A] Middle Earth (CD-R)
[B] Kevin Ayers - Just For Old Times Sake (Gold Standerd)
Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1967-1971
Soft Machnie Turns On Volume 1
Soft Machnie Middle Earth

1967.12.5 - Top Gear <10>

  • Clarence In Wonderland <8> [A]
  • We Know What You Mean (Soon, Soon, Soon) <8> [A]
  • Hope For Happiness <8> [A]
  • A Certain Kind <8> [A]
  • Strangest Scene (Lullabye Letter) (not broadcasted)
Mike Ratledge (org,p), Kevin Ayers (vo,g,b), Robert Wyatt (ds,vo)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1967-1971
Soft Machnie Peel Sessions

1969.6.10 - Top Gear <10>

  • Facelift ~ Mousetrap ~ Backwards ~ Mousetrap Reprise <1>
  • Moon In June <0><1>
Mike Ratledge (org,el-p,flute), Hugh Hopper (b,alto sax), Brian Hopper (soprano sax), Robert Wyatt (ds,vo)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1967-1971
Soft Machnie Canterburied Sounds
Soft Machnie Peel Sessions

1969.11.10 - Top Gear <10>

  • Instant Pussy (Wyatt only) <2>
  • Mousetrap ~ Noisette ~ Backwards ~ Mousetrap Reprise <0><1>
  • Esther's Nose Job <0><1>
Mike Ratledge (org,el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), Robert Wyatt (ds,vo,p), Marc Charig (flugelhorn), Nick Evans (trombone), Elton Dean (alto sax), Lyn Dobson (tenor sax,flute)

Soft Machnie Kevin Ayers Singing The Bruise
Kevin Ayers Just For Old Times Sake

1970.2.10 - Top Gear with Kevin Ayers

  • Stop This Train [B]
  • Clarence In Wonderland [B]
  • Why Are We Sleeping <7>[B]
  • The Oyster And The Flying Fish
  • Hat Song (You Say You Like My Hat / What About Me) <7>[B]
Kevin Ayers (vo,g), David Bedford (el-p,p), Mike Ratledge (org), Lol Coxhill (soprano sax), Elton Dean (alto sax), Lyn Dobson (flute,soprano sax,harmonica), Nick Evans (trombone), Hugh Hopper (b), Robert Wyatt (ds,p,trumpet,vo)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1967-1971
Soft Machnie Peel Sessions

1970.5.4 - Top Gear <10>

  • Slightly All The Time ~ Out-Bloody-Rageous ~ Eamonn Andrews <0><1>
<0><1> excludes the last four minuites of "Eamonn Andrews" by a fadeout. Full version is on 'BBC Radio 1967-1971' (Hux).

Mike Ratledge (org,el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), Robert Wyatt (ds), Elton Dean (sax)

Soft Machnie Backwards

1970.5.21 - In Concert (Paris Theatre) <9>

  • Facelift ~ Moon in June ~ Esther's Nose Job
Mike Ratledge (org,el-p), Elton Dean (alto sax), Hugh Hopper (b), Robert Wyatt (ds,vo)

Soft Machnie Proms 1970
Soft Machnie Live 1970

1970.8.13 - Henry Wood Promenade Concert (Royal Albert Hall) <3><4>

  • Out-Bloody-Rageous ~ Facelift ~ Esther's Nose Job
Mike Ratledge (org,el-p,p), Hugh Hopper (b), Elton Dean (alto sax,saxello), Robert Wyatt (ds,vo)

1970.8.17 - Study Session


discussion and experiment with the Radiophonic Workshop's VCS3

1970.9.1 - Study Session

  • Eamonn Andrews
recorded with the instruments processed through a VCS3

1970.9.17 - Sound of the Seventies

  • Out-Bloody-Rageous ~ Slightly All The Time ~ Mousetrap ~ Esther's Nose Job
Mike Ratledge (org,el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), Elton Dean (alto sax,saxello), Robert Wyatt (ds)

1970.10.19 - Anatomy Of Pop (TV)

  • As If
including interviews

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1967-1971
Soft Machnie Peel Sessions

1970.12.15 - Top Gear <10>

  • Virtually <1>
  • Fletcher's Blemish
Mike Ratledge (org,el-p,p), Elton Dean (alto sax), Hugh Hopper (b), Robert Wyatt (ds)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
Soft Machnie Heavy Friends

1971.3.11 - In Concert (Paris Theatre) <5>

  • Blind Badger
Elton Dean Quintet (Dean, Ratledge, Mark Charig, Neville Whitehead, Phil Howard)
  • Neo Caliban Grides
Elton Dean (sax), Mike Ratledge (org), Hugh Hopper (b), Robert Wyatt (ds), Phil Howard (ds)
  • Out-Bloody-Rageous (excerpt) ~ Eamonn Andrews ~ All White ~ Kings And Queens
Dean, Ratledge, Hopper, Wyatt
  • Teeth ~ Pigling Bland ~ Noisette
Dean, Ratledge, Hopper, Wyatt
plus: The Heavy Friends - Ronnie Scott (tenor sax), Mark Charig (cornet), Paul Nieman (trombone), Roy Babbington (double-bass)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1967-1971
Soft Machnie Peel Sessions

1971.6.1 - Top Gear <10>

  • Neo Caliban Grides <1>
  • Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening (Wyatt only) <1>
  • Eamonn Andrews ~ All White
Elton Dean (alto sax,saxello), Mike Ratledge (org,el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), Robert Wyatt (ds,vo,p)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1971-1974
Soft Machnie Peel Sessions

1971.11.15 - Top Gear <11>

  • Drop <1>
  • As If <1>
  • Welcome to Frillsville
Elton Dean (alto sax,saxello), Mike Ratledge (org,el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), Phil Howard (ds)

1971.11.16 - Sound of the Seventies

  • From A Work In Progress
  • As If ~ Pigling Bland
  • Neo Caliban Grides
  • All White
  • Slightly All The Time
Elton Dean (alto sax,saxello), Mike Ratledge (org,el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), Phil Howard (ds)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1971-1974

1972-7.11 - Top Gear

  • Stumble ~ LBO ~ As If
  • Fanfare ~ All White ~ M.C. ~ Drop <11>
Karl Jenkins (oboe,baritone sax,soprano sax,key,el-p), Mike Ratledge (org, el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), John Marshall (ds)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
Soft Machnie Soft Stage

1972.7.20 - In Concert (Paris Theatre) <6>

  • Fanfare
  • All White
  • Slightly All The Time
  • M.C.
  • Drop
  • Stumble
  • L.B.O.
  • As If
  • Riff
Karl Jenkins (oboe,baritone sax,soprano sax,key,el-p), Mike Ratledge (org, el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), John Marshall (ds)

1972.10.7 - Sound of the Seventies

  • The Soft Weed Factor
  • Fanfare ~ All White ~ Between ~ Riff
  • Geseureht ~ EPV ~ Stumble
Karl Jenkins (oboe,baritone sax,soprano sax,key,el-p), Mike Ratledge (org, el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), John Marshall (ds)

1972.12.29 - Full House (TV)

  • Fanfare
  • All White
  • Gesolreut
Karl Jenkins (oboe,baritone sax,soprano sax,key,el-p), Mike Ratledge (org, el-p), Hugh Hopper (b), John Marshall (ds)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1971-1974

1973.10.30 - Top Gear <11>

  • Stanley Stamp's Gibbon Album
  • Hazard Profile (part 1)
  • Sinepost
  • Down The Road
Mike Ratledge (org,el-p,synth), Karl Jenkins (oboe, baritone sax, soprano sax, recorder, el-p), Roy Babbington (b,double bass), John Marshall (ds,perc)

Soft Machnie BBC Radio 1971-1974

1974.6.10 - Jazz In Britain <11>

  • North Point (drums/synthesizer duo)
  • The Man Who Waved At Trains (incl. "Peff")
  • Plain Bob (a.k.a. Hazard Profile)
Allan Holdsworth (g), Mike Ratledge (key), Karl Jenkins (oboe, key), Roy Babbington (b), John Marshall (ds,perc)

1976.10.30 - ?

  • (tracks unknown)
John Etheridge (g), Ric Sanders (violin), Karl Jenkins (key), Percy Jones (b), John Marshall (ds)

last updated: 2008.2.5

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