4cd - Voiceprint/Floating World - 2015



A curious combination of sets: various band incarnations, various record label sources. But, they did it again: nothing new herein if you have the other discs allready. Worth mentioning: there is a wrong number on the side of the box:  BLUE 162. The complete set, discs and backside of the box has number: SOFT 162...

Disc 1 and the first four tracks on disc two also appear as 'Live in Paris'. Thus making it the third time the concert is released (One Way Records and Cuneiform before). Tracks 5-7 appear on 'Backwards' (previous released by Cuneiform). Mark Charig is mentioned as trumpet player, but that's a (big) mistake; he is not even present on these three tracks.  Disc three was released before as 'Noisette' (another one from Cuneiform). Disc four is 'Drop' and the only disc released before by another record company: MoonJune.

LIVE IN THE 70s

CD1
  1. Plain Tiffs
  2. All White
  3. Slightly All The time
  4. Drop
  5. M.C.
  6. Out-Bloody-Rageous
  7. Facelift
  8. And Sevens
CD2
  1. As If
  2. LBO
  3. Pigling Bland
  4. At Sixes
  5. Facelift
  6. Moon in June
  7. Esthers Nose Job
CD 3
  1. Eamonn Andrews
  2. Mousetrap
  3. Noisette
  4. Backwards
  5. Mousetrap (reprise)
  6. Hibou, Anemone and Bear
  7. Moon in June
  8. 12/8 Theme
  9. Esther's Nose Job
10. We Did it Again
CD 4
  1. Neo Caliban Grides
  2. All White
  3. Slightly All The Time 
  4. M.C.
  6. Out-Bloody-Rageous 
  7. As If
  8. Dark Swing
  9. Intro Pigling
10. Pigling Bland 



4cd - Voiceprint/Floating World - 2014



'Somewhere in Soho' combined with 'Breda Reactor' A limited edition (1000). Nothing new if you have the other sets already.
LIVE IN 1970

CD 1
  1. Slightly All The Time
  2. Out-Bloody-Rageous
  3. Eamonn Andrews
  4. Mousetrap
  5. Noisette
  6. Backwards
  7. Mousetrap (reprise)
  8. Hibou Anemone & Bear
CD 2
  1. Facelift
  2. Moon In June
  3. Esther's Nose Job
  4. Pigling Bland
  5. Cymbalism
  6. Esther's Nose Job (reprise)
CD 3
  1. Eamonn Andrews
  2. Mousetrap
  3. Noisette
  4. Backwards
  5. Mousetrap (reprise)
  6. Hibou Anemone & Bear
CD 4
  1. Facelift
  2. Moon In June
  3. 12/8 Theme
  4. Drum Link
  5. Esther's Nose Job
  6. Pigling Bland
  7. Cymbalism
  8. Out-Bloody-Rageous (excerpt)
  9. Esther's Nose Job (reprise)
10. We Did It Again



2cd - Secret Records - 2014



Once again an awkward compilation with wrong picture on the front. Do they ever learn? Cd1 1-4 are home recordings (Canterburied Sounds); 5-8, 11, 12 the always present studio recordings from 1967 and tracks 9-10 are once again from Middle Earth:  Disc 2 has the Iowa USA live concert (1-4) and - how surprising - the Paradiso concert (5-6) and ends with yet another familiar concert (7-11) from Fairfields Hall. All tracks have been released before and some with even better sound quality. As the band told you already: 'save yourself'
TANGLEWOOD TAILS

CD 1
  1. Tanglewood Tails
  2. Drum Solo
  3. 3/4 Blues Thing in F
  4. Cecilian
  5. I'm so Low
  6. Clarence in Wonderland
  7. Hope for Happiness
  8. She's Gone
  9. Save Yourself
10. Lullaby Letter
11. We Know What You Mean
12. I Should've Known
CD 2
  1. We Did It Again
  2. Why Are We Sleeping
  3. Moon in June
  4. Esther's Nose Job
  5. As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still
  6. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
  7. Eamonn Andrews
  8. Esther's Nose Job
  9. Pigling Bland
10. Moon in June
11. Hibou Anemone & Bear




lp - BB - Russia/Tokyo, 2014



Live at the Proms of course. Limited release (500 pieces) As below; I doubt if this is a legal release.



LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON
ON THE 13th OF AUGUST 1970

  1. Out Bloody Rageous
  2. Facelift
  3. Esther's Nose Job

lp - BB - Russia/Tokyo, 2012



Looks like another ripped version of the Canterbury Scene discs. Proto Soft Machine?  Uh??? Limited release (500 pieces) As below; I doubt if this is a legal release.




THE EARLIEST RECORDINGS

  1. Da-Da-Dee
  2. Frenetica
  3. Belsize Parked
  4. man in a Deaf Corner
  5. Bolivar Blues
  6. Orientasian
  7. Dear Olde Benny Green





lp - BB - Russia/Tokyo, 2012



Side one is from BBC Top Gear Show, 1967; side two is from Top Gear, 1969. Limited (500 pieces). I doubt if this is a legal release.




LIVE 1967-1969

  1. Clarence in Wonderland
  2. We Know What You Mean
  3. A Certain Kind
  4. Hope for happeniss
  5. Strangest Scene
  6. Facelift/Mousetrap/Noisette/Backwards
  7. Moon in June




5cd box - Sony - Europe, 2010



A box  and 5 cd's in mini-lp replica sleeve, but it isn't that simple. The replicas are very poor, there are no gatefolds and there is no information at all. The sound is OK, it the same as the most recent re-releases from Sony, If you like a (very) cheap set...




ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS

Contains:
  1. Third
  2. Fourth
  3. Fifth
  4. 'Six' Album
  5. Seven

2cd - Dejavu Retro - Europe, 2005




A curious collection of tracks, sometimes even in three different versions. Disc two has nothing do to with Soft Machine at all, yes, once they were in Soft Machine, but The Story of Soft Machine? No!
THE STORY OF SOFT MACHINE

CD1
THE SOFT MACHINE
  1. I Should've Known (version 1)
  2. We Know What You Mean (version 1)
  3. I'm So Low
  4. Clarence In Wonderland (version 1)
  5.Hope For Happiness (version 1)
  6. I Should've Known (version 2)
  7. We Know What You Mean (version 2)
  8. She's Gone
  9. Save Yourself
10. Lullaby Letter
11. I Should've Known (version 3)
12. Certain Kind
13. Clarence In Wonderland (version 2)
14. May I?
15. We Know What You Mean (version 3)
16. Hope For Happiness (version 2)
CD2
ROBERT WYATT
  1. Short Break
  2. Tubab
  3. Kutcha
DAVID ALLEN, hUGH HOPPER & PIP PYLE
  4. Fohat Digs Holes In Space
  5. Who's Afraid?
  6. Flowers Gone
  7. Hope For Happiness
HUGH HOPPER & LISA KLOSSNER
  8. As I Turn
  9. Visitors
10. Still






2cd - Ambitions - Europe, 2005



Ambitions, what's in a name? But what their actual ambition is? Rip the innocent? This set has a very ugly cover and the sound equals that of bootlegs. Avoid if you can.
ORANGE SKIN FOOD

CD1
  1. Slightly All The Time
  2. Out-Bloody-Rageous
  3. Moon In June
  4. Mousetrap
  5. Noisette
  6. Backwards
  7. Mousetrap (Reprise)
  8. Hibou Anemone & Bear
  9. Eamonn Andrews
 10. Esther's Nose Job
 11. Pigling Bland
CD2
  1.. Facelift (Excerpt)
  2.  Moon In June (Excerpt)
  3. Out-Bloody-Rageous
  4. Facelift
  5. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
  6. Pig
  7. Orange Skin Food
  8. Door Opens And Closes
  9. 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom
10. Pigling Band
11. 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom (Reprise)
12. I Should've Known





2cd - Strange Fruit - UK, 2004



Most BBC sessions were released on Strange Fruit first. This set is a combination of Soft Machine and Heavy Friends and BBC in Concert 1972.
LIVE IN CONCERT

CD1
  1. Blind Badger
  2. Neo Caliban Grides
  3. Out Bloody Rageous/Eamonn Andrews/All White/Kings and Queens/Teeth
  4. Pigling Bland
CD2
  1. Fanfare
  2. All White
  3. Slightly All The Time
  4. M.C.
  5. Drop
  6. Stumble
  7. L.B.O.
  8. As If
  9. Riff





cd - Mooncrest - UK, 2001


cd with another front - Castle Music - UK, 2004



Mostly live recordings, not the best sound quality and in fact no Anthology at all. All recordings can be found on other discs with a far better quality.

CD1
1-6: Canterburied Sounds
7-9: Middle Earth (bootleg recording?)
CD2
1-10: Live at the Paradiso
11-12: Live in Europe 1970 (Live 1970)
13-16: Live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon (Facelift)




MAN IN A DEAF CORNER
ANTHOLOGY 1963-1970

Experiments & Prototypes
  1. Belsize Parked
  2. Dear Olde Benny Green Is A-turning In His Grave
  3. Frenetica
  4. Orientasian
  5. Da-Da-Dee/Bolivar Blues  
  6. Man In A Deaf Corner
The machine Begins
  7. We Know What You Mean
  8. I Should've Known
 9. Hope For Happiness
The Classic Period & Beyond - Rivmic Melodies
  1. Hulloder
  2. Dada Was Here
  3. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
  4. Have You Ever Bean Green
  5. Pataphysical Introduction Part II
  6. Hibou, Anemone And Bear
  7. Pig
  8. Orange Skin Food
  9. A Door Opens And Closes  
10. 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom
11. Facelift
12. Moon In June
13. Mousetrap
14. Noisette
15. Backwards
16. Mousetrap (Reprise)
17. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still

Recorded: between 1963-1970 at various places
Released: 2001

2cd - Edsel Records - UK, 2004



Edsel is one of the longest established re-issue labels in the world. This set contains both 'Six' Album and Seven. Curious cover.
SIX ALBUM/SEVEN

CD1
  1. Fanfare
  2. All White
  3. Between
  4. Riff
  5. 37½
  6. Gesolreut
  7. E. P. V.
  8. Lefty
  9. Stumble
10. 5  From 13
11. Riff II
12. The Soft Weed Factor
13. Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album (For B.O.)
14. Chloe And The Pirates
15. 1983
CD2
  1. Nettlebed
  2. Carol Ann
  3. Day's Eye
  4. Bone Fire
  5. Tarabos
  6. D.I.S.
  7. Snodland
  8. Penny Hitch
  9. Block
10. Down The Road
11. The German Lesson
12. The French Lesson





2cd - Recall - UK, 2003




Tracks 1-9 is once again the Live at the Paradiso set. Tracks 10-11 and disc2 9-12 are the same as on Live 1970 and disc2 1-8 are the same as on Facelift. A mish-mash and a little bit chaotic too.
KINGS OF CANTERBURY

CD1
  1. Hulloder
  2. Dada Was Here
  3. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
  4. Have You Ever Been Green?
  5. Pataphysical Introduction Pt II
  6. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
  7. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
  8. Hibou, Anemone and Bear
  9. Fire Engine (Reprise)
10. Facelift
11. Moon In June
CD2
  1. Slightly All The Time
  2.  Mousetrap
  3. Noisette
  4. Backwards
  5. Mousetrap - Reprise
  6. Eamon Andrews
  7. Esther's Nose Job
  8. Pigling Bland
  9. I Should've Known
10. Esther's Nose Job - Reprise
11. Pig
12. Orange Skin Food / A Door Opens And Closes / 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom





cd - Columbia - Europe, 1999



An offical release; contains both Fourth and Fifth, allthough not the best sound quality.
FOURTH/FIFTH

  1. Teeth
  2. Kings And Queens
  3. Fletcher's Blemish
  4. Virtually Part 1
  5. Virtually Part 2
  6. Virtually Part 3
  7. Virtually Part 4
  8. All White
  9. Drop
10. MC
11. As If
12. LBO
13. Pigling Bland
14. Bone





cd - See For Miles Records - UK, 1995



Once See for Miles Records released the four albums which were originally released on Harvest Records. This is their sampler. It is well done, but the sound quality is overhauled by The Tales of Taliesin.
THE BEST OF SOFT MACHINE
THE HARVEST YEARS

  1. Hazard Profile - Part 1
  2. Gone Sailing
  3. Bundles
  4. Land Of The Bagsnake
  5. The Man Who Waved At Trains
  6. Peff
  7. Four Gongs, Two Drums
  8. Song Of Aeolus
  9. Kayoo
10. Aubade
11. Second Bundle
12. Camden Tandem 
13. One Over The Eight
14. Number Three
15. The Nodder 
16. Soft Space





cd - Elite - UK, 1991



A very awkward collection of tracks from Third, Fourth, Fifth and 'Six' Album. The Sixties cover shows the pre-Soft Machine band with Daevid Allen and has nothing to do with the tracks on this record. Elite? Hm!




AS IF

  1. As If
  2. Drop
  3. Slightly All The Time
  4. Facelit
  5. Chloe And The Pirates
  6. Kings And Queens

2lp or 1cd - Castle Communications - UK, 1990



A well done compilation of tracks from Bundles, Softs and Alive & Well. Strange cover and name...
THE UNTOUCHABLE

  1. Hazard Profile Part 1
  2. Hazard Profile Part 2
  3. Hazard Profile Part 3
  4. Hazard Profile Part 4
  5. Hazard Profile Part 5
  6. The Man Who Waved At Trains
  7. Peff
  8. Four Gongs Two Drums
  9. Ban Ban Caliban
10. Song Of Aeolus
11. Aubade
12. Second Bundle
13. Kayoo
14. Camden Tandem
15. Nexus
16. One Over The Eight
17. Etika
18. Puffin
19. Huffin
20. The Nodder
21. Soft Space





lp - Depósito Legal - Spain, 1987



Legal? Hm. I don't know. But yet another very strange set, compiled of tracks from various records or sessions. Tracks 1-5 are from BBC recordings (you can find these on the official BBC sets) and tracks 6 and 7 are from Fourth.




SOFT MACHINE

  1. Mousetrap
  2. Noisette
  3. Backwards
  4. Mousetrap Reprise
  5. Slightly All The Time
  6. Out Bloody Rageous
  7. Eamonn Andrews
  8. Teeth
  9. Kings And Queens
10.  All White


cassette - CBS - Italy, 1983



Cassette was attached to a magazine: Rock Storia E Musica #23, with a special about Soft Machine. It is not for sale. Tracks are from Third, Fourth and 'Six' Album.





SOFT MACHINE

  1. Moon In June
  2. Teeth
  3. Chloe And The Pirates 

3lp boxset with booklet - EMI, UK, 1977


During the ten-year period covered by this three-album anthology, twelve out of the fifteen Soft Machine incarnations to date recorded a single for Polydor, two sides of demos which later surfaced on the French label Byg, an unreleased single, two albums on Probe, numerous tapes for the BBC, five albums on CBS (including two doubles) and a couple for Harvest.
These statistics, in all their convoluted splendour, provide evidence of why compilation albums which purport to tell the whole story merely relate the part which applies to the record label in question. I believe the term is 'licensing difficulties'.
For this reason, 'Triple Echo' has taken some time assemble but, as a result, can claim with justification to be a real chronological history of Soft Machine's recordings, several of them rare. Furthermore, it proves a perspective which the sum total of their work - by its sheer bulk and, in some cases, unavailability - is unable to do.

The contents are their own most effective recommendation, tracing as they do the progress of an ever-shifting entity whose music has been determined, not by an enslaving regard for fame and formula, but by the inclinations of the players it comprises at any given time.

Soft Machine have often been erratic but rarely less than fascinating, and at certain inspired moments, may of them represented here, they provide the kind of thrill which you can't find anywhere else. Look no further!

Inner Sleeve notes by Al Clark




A great compilation of old and new tracks. A real treat for the fan and even so a little bit more by adding a booklet on lp- format with many new pictures and a fully detailed family tree. If you have a record-player and like playing records and you like Soft Machine as well, go for it!





TRIPLE ECHO

LP1-side1
  1. Love Makes Sweet Music
  2. Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'
  3. Memories
  4. She's Gone
  5. Why Am I So Short?
  6. So Boot If At All?
  7. A Certain Kind
LP1-side 2
  1. We Did It Again
  2. Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
  3. Why Are We Sleeping?
  4. A Concise British Alphabet-Part 2
  5. Hulloder
  6. Dada Was Here
  7. Thank you Pierrot Lunaire
  8. Have You Ever Been Grean?
  9. Pataphisical Introduction-Part 2
10. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
11. Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
LP2-side1
  1. The Moon In June
  2. Esther's Nose Job
LP2-side 2
  1. Mousetrap
  2. Noisette
  3. Backwards
  4. Mousetrap ReprisE
  5. Slightly All The Time
  6. Out-Bloody-RageouS
  7. Eamonn Andrews
LP3-side1
1. Teeth
2. Kings And Queens
3. All White
4. Bone
LP3-side 2
1. Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album
2. Carol Ann
3. Hazard Profile-Part 1
4. The Tale Of Taliesin
 
Recorded between 1967-1976
Released: 1977





lp - Hör Zu Black label - Germany, 1970



The album is a very strange one; tracks from Volume One and Volume Two, but totally mixed-up. Hör Zu means 'listen'. Maybe you should listen to other albums instead.




THE SOFT MACHINE

  1. Hibou Anemone And Bear
  2. Dada Was Here
  3. Out Of Tunes
  4. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
  5. Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
  6. Hope For Hapiness
  7. Joy Of A Toy
  8. Hope For Hapiness (Reprise)
  9. Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
10. Why Are We Sleeping?
11.Box 25/4 Lid

lp - SR International - the Netherlands , ?



Yet another wacky compilation; the first lp-side is the same as the first from Volume One, the second is the same as the second of Volume Two. Which deviated mind makes this things up?
THE SOFT MACHINE

  1. Save Yourself
  2. Priscilla
  3. Lullabye Letter
  4. We Did It Again
  5. Plus Belle Qu'une Poubelle
  6. Why Are We Sleeping?
  7. Box 25/4 Lid
  8. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
  9. Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
10. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
11. Pig
12. Orange Skin Food
13. A Door Opens And Closes
14. 10.30 Returns To The Bedroom