Update January 2nd 2004
This list contains albums released in 2003 by Soft Machine members or featuring them, archival Soft Machine releases, and other albums that might interest fans.
Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy/Shooting at the Moon/Whatevershebringswesing/Bananamour
Joy of a Toy:
1. Religious Experience (aka Singing a Song in the Morning) (Syd Barrett session)
Shooting at the Moon:
1. Gemini Child (from Odd Ditties)
1. Stars (from Odd Ditties)
1. Connie On A Rubber Band (from Odd Ditties)
From Hux website:
This album is comprised of two sessions recorded by BBC Radio 3's Jazz In Britain programme and contains the first recording of the band, as well as almost the last. It has a total running time of 55 minutes and the accompanying 8 page booklet features a brief note from Elton Dean, plus extensive liner notes by The Times' jazz critic, Alyn Shipton.
1) Dancin' 2) Soothing 3) Sweet Francesca 4) Bidet Bebop
Recorded 19th May 1975 for Jazz In Britain, BBC Radio 3
Mongezi Feza (pocket trumpet); Marc Charig (cornet, tenor horn); Radu Malfatti, Paul Nieman (trombone); Elton Dean (alto saxophone, saxello); Alan Skidmore (tenor saxophone); Keith Tippett (piano); Harry Miller (bass); Louis Moholo (drums).
5) Nicra 6) Seven For Me
Recorded 17th March 1978 for Jazz In Britain, BBC Radio 3.
Harry Beckett (trumpet); Marc Charig (cornet, tenor horn); Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti (trombone); Elton Dean (alto saxophone, saxello); Alan Skidmore (tenor saxophone); Keith Tippett (piano, celeste); Harry Miller (bass); Louis Moholo (drums).
T3 Simon Picard (sax) Christine Janet (tpt, vx)
BBC Radio 1967-1971 HUXO37 2-CD [Released 31.03.03]
Soft Machine's complete BBC sessions will finally see the light of day this year.
They will be released across two Hux albums, which have both been compiled with the help of the band, who have been fully involved at every stage of development.
This first volume contains all the sessions recorded for John Peel's 'Top Gear' programme. This features several previously unreleased recordings, including the 1967 session with Kevin Ayers on bass, guitar and vocals. The running order is mostly chronological, but has been tinkered with by Robert Wyatt, "for reasons of aural satisfaction".
The cover design features an abstract 'photograph' by Robert Wyatt and the booklet includes a liner note each from Hugh Hopper and Kevin Ayers. It also has detailed liner notes by Mark Ellingham and several band pictures by the great photographer, Mark Ellidge.
Volume 2 (Peel Sessions 1971-1973) will follow later this year.
1. Clarence In Wonderland
6. Facelift/Mousetrap/Noisette/Backwards/Mousetrap Reprise
8. Instant Pussy
9. Slightly All The Time/Out Bloody Rageous/Eamonn Andrews
3. Neo-Caliban Grides
6. Mousetrap/Noisette/Backwards/Mousetrap Reprise/Esther's Nose Job
From Hux website:
Following the successful release earlier this year of HUX037, this second volume now completes the set of Soft Machine's BBC sessions.
Recorded between 1971 & 1974, this double CD includes 3 Peel sessions, plus one session recorded for BBC Radio 3's Jazz In Britain' programme. With the exception of the first two tracks here, none of these recordings have ever been released before.
This compilation provides striking evidence of the pace at which the band was changing during this period. It plots a drastic change in the sound of the band, from their free jazz leanings of 1971 to the jazz rock fusion of '74.
This album has been compiled with the full help of the band, who have been fully involved at every stage of development. The 12 page full colour booklet includes rare photographs from the band's own archive, plus a brief note from Soft Machine's John Marshall.
1) As If 2) Drop 3) Welcome To Frillsville
Peel Session 15.11.71.
4) Fanfare/All White/MC/Drop
Peel Session 11.04.72
5) Stanley Stamp's Gibbon Album 6) Hazard Profile (part 1)
Peel Session 30.10.73
5) Sinepost 6) Down The Road
Peel Session 30.10.73
9) North Point (3.00) 10) The Man Who Waved At Trains 11) Hazard Profile (parts 1, 2, 3 & 4)
'Jazz In Britain', BBC Radio 3 10.06.74
Slightly All The Time
(from Moonjune website):
(as confirmed by Steve F. from Cuneiform):
Tracklisting and info
(thanks to Aymeric Leroy):
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recorded at Phil Manzanera's GALLERY STUDIO, London in
summer 2002, and spring 2003
1/ Afghanistan's A Country Or At Last Used To Be 3:37
2/ Fridge 3:45
3/ When Access Was A Noun 3:25
4/ Salt / Ivy 4:17
5/ Signed Curtain 4:17
6/ Afghanistan...Alix 1:56