Soft Machine circa 1970 -- Elton Dean, Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper

When you think of the band Soft Machine, think of pioneers because they were among the trailblazers of the progressive rock movement.  Think of Canterbury, because that’s where they hailed from and that’s what a form of their music, “Canterbury scene,” came to be known as.

Think of the William S. Burroughs book “The Soft Machine,” because that’s what the band was named after.

Soft Machine was formed in 1966, starting out with Robert Wyatt on drums and vocals, Kevin Ayers on bass and vocals, Daevid Allen on guitar, and Mike Ratledge on organ.  Band members changed through the years, and the group went through periods of progressive rock, jazz-fusion, psychedelic rock, and pure Canterbury.

There was nothing soft about the band’s originality.


8 thoughts on “My music playlist for today (March 28, 2012 edition)

  1. John,there is no,i repeat, no,band that had a bigger impact on my perception and appreciation of music more than Soft Machine.They were, to my ears, a near perfect synthesis of jazz, rock,electronics;all blended skillfully(most of the time) into a coherent whole.Great stuff.

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