Volume Two – Soft Machine – 1969


Album Volume Two by the band Soft Machine
Album Volume Two by the band Soft Machine

Volume Two is the second studio album by the British band Soft Machine, released in 1969.

The album showcases the band’s unique blend of humour, dada, psychedelia and jazz. It was voted number 715 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums in 2000.

The album consists of two suites: Rivmic Melodies and Esther’s Nose Job. The former features Robert Wyatt’s whimsical vocals and lyrics, as well as Mike Ratledge’s organ and piano, and Hugh Hopper’s bass and saxophone. The latter is a more instrumental and experimental piece, with complex arrangements and shifting time signatures.

Some of the songs on the album are dedicated to or inspired by other artists. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still is a tribute to Kevin Ayers, who left the band after their first album. Have You Ever Bean Green? is a cover of a Wilde Flowers song, with a pun on Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced?. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire is a reference to Arnold Schoenberg’s atonal masterpiece.

Volume Two is a landmark album in the history of progressive rock and jazz fusion, and showcases the band’s creativity and originality.

The personnel of the album Volume Two by Soft Machine, released in 1969, are:

  • Mike Ratledge – piano, Lowrey Holiday De Luxe organ; Hammond organ (on 3); harpsichord (on 12); flute (on 3 and 10)
  • Hugh Hopper – bass guitar; acoustic guitar (on 12); alto saxophone (on 3 and 14–16)
  • Robert Wyatt – drums, lead and backing vocals
  • Brian Hopper – soprano and tenor saxophones (guest musician)

Source: Wikipedia

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