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Soft Machine
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Soft Machine (originally The Soft Machine) is an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book of the same title by William S. Burroughs. One of the two offshoots of Wilde Flowers, they were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and after their psychedelic beginnings, helped pioneer the genres of progressive rock and jazz fusion. Some of the band's most notable alums are Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Hugh Hopper, and Daevid Allen. Various of the band's alumni have regrouped in other configurations, often with the word "Soft" in the name: Soft Heap, Soft Bounds, Soft Machine Legacy, and so on. In 2016, the musicians who had been playing as Soft Machine Legacy (John Marshall, Roy Babbington, John Etheridge, and Theo Travis) started using the original Soft Machine name.
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Soft Machine — Hidden Details Soft Machine — Hidden Details
(Moonjune MJR093, 2018, CD / DL)
Various Artists — Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales Various Artists — Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales
(Zeitgeist Media 3, 2015, DVD)
Hugh Hopper — Volume 1 - Memories Hugh Hopper — Volume 1 - Memories
(Gonzo Multimedia HST240CD, 2014, CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Burden of Proof Soft Machine Legacy — Burden of Proof
(Moonjune MJR052, 2013, CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Live Adventures Soft Machine Legacy — Live Adventures
(Moonjune MJR036, 2011, CD)
Delta Saxophone Quartet — Dedicated to You... But You Weren't Listening Delta Saxophone Quartet — Dedicated to You... But You Weren't Listening
(Moonjune MJR017, 2007, CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Steam Soft Machine Legacy — Steam
(Moonjune MJR016, 2007, CD)
Hugh Hopper — Volume 9 - Anatomy of a Facelift Hugh Hopper — Volume 9 - Anatomy of a Facelift
(Gonzo Multimedia HST260CD, 2007/2015, CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Live at the New Morning Soft Machine Legacy — Live at the New Morning
(INAK 9076 2CD, 2006, 2CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Soft Machine Legacy Soft Machine Legacy — Soft Machine Legacy
(Moonjune MJR008, 2006, CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Live in Zaandaam Soft Machine Legacy — Live in Zaandaam
(Moonjune MJR006, 2005, CD)
Soft Works — Abracadabra Soft Works — Abracadabra
(Moonjune Universal UICE-1029, 2003, CD)
PolySoft — Tribute to Soft Machine - Live at Le Triton 2002 PolySoft — Tribute to Soft Machine - Live at Le Triton 2002
(Le Triton TRI-03506, 2003, CD)
Various Artists — To Canterbury and Beyond - A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene Various Artists — To Canterbury and Beyond - A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene
(Mellow MMP 361 A/B, 1999, 2CD)
Robert Wyatt — Little Red Robin Hood - A Documentary Robert Wyatt — Little Red Robin Hood - A Documentary
(boid v-boid 1, 1998, VHS)
Soft Machine — Land of Cockayne Soft Machine — Land of Cockayne
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2208, 1981/2010, CD)
Soft Machine — Alive and Well Recorded in Paris Soft Machine — Alive and Well Recorded in Paris
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 22234, 1978/2010, 2CD)
Soft Machine — Softs Soft Machine — Softs
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2202, 1976/2010, CD)
Soft Machine — Bundles Soft Machine — Bundles
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2196, 1975/2010, CD)
Soft Machine — Floating World Live Soft Machine — Floating World Live
(Moonjune MJR007, 1975/2006, CD)
Soft Machine — Switzerland 1974 Soft Machine — Switzerland 1974
(Cuneiform Rune 395/396, 1974/2015, CD+DVD)
Soft Machine — Six + Seven Soft Machine — Six + Seven
(Edsel MEDCD 740, 1973/2004, 2CD)
Soft Machine — Fourth / Fifth Soft Machine — Fourth / Fifth
(Columbia 493341 2, 1972/1999, CD)
Soft Machine — Live in Paris May 2nd, 1972 (aka Live in France) Soft Machine — Live in Paris May 2nd, 1972 (aka Live in France)
(Cuneiform Rune 195/196, 1972/2004, 2CD)
Soft Machine — BBC Radio 1967-1971 Soft Machine — BBC Radio 1967-1971
(Hux Records 037, 1971/2003, 2CD)
Soft Machine — Drop Soft Machine — Drop
(Moonjune MJR023, 1971/2009, CD)
Soft Machine — Grides Soft Machine — Grides
(Cuneiform Rune 230/231, 1971/2006, CD+DVD)
Soft Machine — Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971 Soft Machine — Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971
(Reel Recordings RR014/015, 1971/2009, 2CD)
Soft Machine — Virtually Soft Machine — Virtually
(Cuneiform Rune 100, 1971/1998, CD)
Soft Machine — Backwards Soft Machine — Backwards
(Cuneiform Rune 170, 1970/2002, CD)
Soft Machine — Breda Reactor Soft Machine — Breda Reactor
(Voiceprint VP345CD, 1970/2004, 2CD)
Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 2 Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 2
(Voiceprint VP202CD, 1970/1998, CD)
Soft Machine — Facelift Soft Machine — Facelift
(Voiceprint VP233CD, 1970/2002, 2CD)
Soft Machine — Noisette Soft Machine — Noisette
(Cuneiform Rune 130, 1970/2000, CD)
Soft Machine — Third Soft Machine — Third
(BGO BGOCD 180, 1970/1993, CD)
Kevin Ayers — Joy of a Toy Kevin Ayers — Joy of a Toy
(EMI 07243-582776-2-3, 1969/2003, CD)
Soft Machine — Live at the Paradiso 1969 Soft Machine — Live at the Paradiso 1969
(Voiceprint VP139CD, 1969/1995, CD)
Soft Machine — Spaced Soft Machine — Spaced
(Cuneiform Rune 90, 1969/1996, CD)
The Soft Machine — Volume Two The Soft Machine — Volume Two
(Sundazed CD 5342, 1969/2010, CD)
The Soft Machine — The Soft Machine The Soft Machine — The Soft Machine
(Sundazed SC 6305, 1968/2012, CD)
Soft Machine — Soft Machine Turns On, Volume 2 Soft Machine — Soft Machine Turns On, Volume 2
(Voiceprint VP234CD, 1968/2001, CD)
Soft Machine — Soft Machine Turns On, Volume 1 Soft Machine — Soft Machine Turns On, Volume 1
(Voiceprint vp231cd, 1967/2001, CD)

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