Artist Credit
Eli Aliman Cover Design
Kevin Ayers Composer, Guitar
Chas Chandler Producer
Henry Epstein Cover Design
Giorgio Gomelsky Producer
Brian Goto Cover Design
Brian Hopper Composer
Hugh Hopper Composer
Mike Ratledge Composer, Organ, Piano (Electric)
Soft Machine Group, Primary Artist
Tom Wilson Producer
Robert Wyatt Bass, Cello, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals

A wild, freewheeling, and ultimately successful attempt to merge psychedelia with jazz-rock, Soft Machine’s debut ranges between lovingly performed oblique pop songs and deranged ensemble playing from drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt, bassist Kevin Ayers and organist Mike Ratledge. With only one real break (at the end of side one), the songs merge into each other — not always smoothly, but always with a sense of flair that rescues any potential miscues. Wyatt takes most of the vocals, and proves himself a surprisingly evocative singer despite his lack of range. Like Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Vol. 1 was one of the few over-ambitious records of the psychedelic era that actually delivered on all its incredible promise.

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