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Soft Machine - Turns On (An Early Collection) album download
Performer: Soft Machine
Title: Turns On (An Early Collection)
Released: 2014
Style: Prog Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Rating: 4.6/5
FLAC size: 1406 mb | MP3 size: 1158 mb | WMA size: 1394 mb
Genre: Rock

Soft Machine - Turns On (An Early Collection) (2xCD, Album, Comp, RM). Selo:Floating World Cat. nº: FLOATD6217. Condição da mídia: Mídia: Mint (M) Condição da Capa: Capa: Mint (M). UK two CD set from the British Avant-Jazz/Prog band. The Soft Machine, along with The Pink Floyd and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, were part of the UFO/London Underground scene in the mid-'60s. This set combines two separate albums that featured a collection of material that formed much of their live set of the day, and went on to be their classic debut album The Soft Machine

Soft Machine are an English rock and jazz band from Canterbury formed in mid-1966, named after the novel The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene. in 1968, after Soft Machine dissolution, and just before the new formation with Hopper in place. Soft Machine Turns On (An early collection). 2 CDs) is a reprint (from Floating World Records) of the two Turns On volumes of 2001, with the same track list.

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Turns On is a collection of early Soft Machine recordings sold in two separate volumes. Turns On, Vol. 1 catches the newly formed group in their first studio recordings and live performances in early to mid-1967, all pre-dating the first LP. The lineup on most of the 16 tracks consists of Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, and Kevin Ayers. Daevid Allen appears on four studio recordings. The repertoire draws a lot from the Wilde Flowers' songbook, Ayers, Hugh Hopper and Brian Hopper having written most of the material (Wyatt and Ratledge were only beginning to submit material)

Turns On - An Early Collection. Soft Machine couldn't afford to continue to support a seven-member lineup, and scaled back to what was later deemed by some listeners to be "the classic quartet" - Ratledge, Wyatt, Hopper, and Dean - for 1971's Fourth (also on Columbia), although the group was augmented by a number of guest musicians, including bassist Roy Babbington, who would become a permanent bandmember later.

Soft Machine's normal modus operandi was to perform two continuous sets, roughly 40 minutes in length. Wyatt was, by this time, becoming increasingly disenchanted with the direction the group was taking-moving farther away from any kind of pop sensibility and towards an uncanny confluence of complex writing and unfettered free play. Dean takes a lengthy solo that's an early album highlight on Hopper's "Virtually," a shorter but more powerful reading than the side-long version on "Fourth, while he takes an equally compelling turn on the more atmospheric second half of Ratledge's "Out-Bloody-Rageous," another Soft Machine classic that makes his passing at too young an age in 2006 equally.

Anyone who admits to enjoying Canterbury progressive rock or fusion will have multiple Soft Machine albums in their collection, and this one fits right in. John Etheridge is an incredible guitarist, and it takes someone very special indeed to step into the shoes of Allan Holdsworth, not once but twice. He is lyrical, dramatic, restrained yet over the top, simple yet complex, allowing the music to take him where it will. Brand new Soft Machine! Firstly, you probably already know, but this is an album best played on a stereo system as opposed to speakers on a Tablet or PC! Streamed and even on YouTube it sounds like they were recorded in a shed, while the CD sounds a lot more produced and mixed. Some parts nostalgia reviving, some parts brand new diversions.

Record Label : Voiceprint Records. 2 focuses on two live recordings at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, December 10, 1967, and the Col Ballroom in Iowa, August 11, 1968. Read full description. See details and exclusions.

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1-1 I Should've Known
Written-By – Hugh Hopper
1-2 We Know What You Mean
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-3 I'm So Low
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-4 Clarence In Wonderland
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-5 Hope For Happiness
Written-By – Brian Hopper
1-6 I Should've Known (Version 2)
Written-By – Hugh Hopper
1-7 We Know What You Mean (Version 2)
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-8 She's Gone
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-9 Save Yourself
Written-By – Robert Wyatt
1-10 Lullaby Letter
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-11 I Should've Known (Version 3)
Written-By – Hugh Hopper
1-12 A Certain Kind
Written-By – Hugh Hopper
1-13 Clarence In Wonderland (Version 2)
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-14 May I? (Instrumental Variant)
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-15 We Know What You Mean (Version 3)
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
1-16 Hope For Happiness (Version 2)
Written-By – Brian Hopper
2-1 Moon In June
Written-By – Robert Wyatt
2-2 I Should've Known
Written-By – Hugh Hopper
2-3 A Certain Kind
Written-By – Hugh Hopper
2-4 Save Yourself
Written-By – Robert Wyatt
2-5 Lullaby Letter
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
2-6 Organistics
Written-By – Mike Ratledge
2-7 Lullaby Letter/Priscilla/Lullaby Letter (Reprise)
Written-By – Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge
2-8 We Did It Again
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
2-9 Why Are We Sleeping
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
2-10 Joy Of A Toy
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
2-11 Hope For Happiness
Written-By – Brian Hopper
2-12 Clarence In Wonderland
Written-By – Kevin Ayers
2-13 Moon In June (Reprise)
Written-By – Robert Wyatt
2-14 Esther's Nose Job
Written-By – Mike Ratledge

Companies, etc.

  • Mastered At – Serendipity
  • Remastered At – Sound Mastering
  • Recorded At – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
  • Recorded At – The Speakeasy
  • Recorded At – Coliseum Ballroom
  • Recorded At – Middle Earth Club


  • Bass, Guitar, Vocals – Kevin Ayers
  • Design – Becky Stewart
  • Drums, Vocals – Robert Wyatt
  • Guitar, Vocals – Daevid Allen (tracks: 1-1, 1-3, 1-6, 1-8)
  • Mastered By – Chris Thorpe
  • Organ – Mike Ratledge
  • Photography By – Mark Elidge*
  • Piano – Mike Ratledge (tracks: 1-1 to 1-16)
  • Remastered By – Nick*


Single release reissue of two separate Voiceprint releases from 2001 : Soft Machine Turns On Volume 1 and Soft Machine Turns On Volume 2

Disc 1:
Tracks 1, 3 : recorded April 1967 at DeLane Lea Studios, London UK. [only "Various UK studio" in the liner notes]
Tracks 2, 11: Recorded 22 September 1967, at Vitus Studio, Bussum (Netherlands). [only "European studio" in the liner notes]
Tracks 4, 5, 7, 12 : recorded 5 December 1967 at BBC Radio Studios, London UK. [only "Various UK studio" in the liner notes]
Track 6, 8 : recorded June 1967 at Sound Techniques, Chelsea, UK. [only "Various UK studio" in the liner notes]
Tracks 9, 10, 13 to 16: recorded 10 November 1967 at Middle Earth, London, UK. [also "Speakeasy Club" in the liner notes]
Track 14 - This is an instrumental interpretation by Mike Ratledge based on the chord sequence of the middle section of the Kevin Ayers song 'May I?'.

Disc 2:
Tracks 1 to 5 - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 10th December 1967.
Track 6 - Middle Earth, London, UK, 10th December 1967
Tracks 7 to 14 - Col Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa, USA - 22th August, 1968.

Track 2-1 and 2-13 wrongly titled "Moon in June" are in fact respectively "That's How Much I Need You Now" and "You Don't Remember"
Track 2-14 wrongly titled "Esther's Nose Job" is in fact an Improvisation followed by "10:30 Return To The Bedroom"

Special thanks to Christine Hopper.

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