Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Soft Machine In 1967

Another Canterbury tale. In fact we're almost at the beginning of the story, The Soft Machine were the first group that came out of that scene. They have been one of the main protagonists of the undeground scene in the crazy days of the Swinging London, playing regularly in clubs like the legendary UFO, with bands like The Pink Floyd, Tomorrow, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown...
The Canterbury kids Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Mike Ratledge had been joined by the australian beatnick Daevid Allen, who certainly helped them to bring their music into most adventurous directions.
By the time of this footage for the Dutch TV, in late '67, Allen had already left them, he was in Paris planning a new musical adventure called Gong, but the trio proves to be able to continue on the crazy paths of an exciting surrealistic/dadaistic psychedelic pop. These clips are here to show it, in the same way as the first albums, before they became, in the '70s, a more straight, but still talented, jazz-rock band. The keyboard players Ratledge will stay as the leader of the band, while Ayers (that we've already met...) and later also Wyatt (that we'll meet soon...) will begin two very important solo careers.

Soft Machine - I Should've Known (1967)
Soft Machine - Soon, Soon, Soon (1967)

The password to unzip all the files is: musicforyoureyes

Don't forget to leave a comment if you enjoy these videos.

See you soon

Mirco

14 Comments:

Blogger mrdantefontana said...

Really nice. Thanks for sharing.
:-)

1/21/2006 5:08 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Glad you enjoyed, thank you too for the mention on your blog.

1/21/2006 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi mirco

thanx for these both - soma was one of my favourite bands of the late sixties.

herr k. from *totally fuzzy*

1/21/2006 7:54 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi herr k., I've always loved the Soft Machine too.
Many thanks to you, *totally fuzzy* has always helped a lot my blog, since the beginning.

All the best.

Mirco

1/21/2006 9:14 PM  
Blogger The Baz said...

Classic stuff! Always loved their first album and this gives a great taste of how good they were live. Great performances too and Kevin Ayers looks rather spooky with that eye make up doesn't he?
All the best,
BAZ

1/21/2006 10:55 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Yes indeed BAZ, among the audience there were some weird people too, but what a great gig anyway!

See you soon

Mirco

1/22/2006 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful, please keep posting stuff like this... all of it.

Thanks for sharing.

1/25/2006 2:51 PM  
Anonymous obfusc8 said...

thanks for these

loved Soft Machine THIRD
also liked 4 & 6

recently got first five on CD

1/25/2006 7:53 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I prefer them in the earlier years, before they became too jazzy, but Third is also a great record, especially Wyatt's composition Moon In June.

1/25/2006 10:23 PM  
Anonymous graphomaniax said...

Fantastique ! J'en veux d'autres !

Et GONG ? Tu n'as rien ?

2/16/2006 2:44 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Sorry if I don't speak French...I have a few more videos from The Soft Machine and Robert Wyatt.

Bye

3/01/2006 2:04 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Great videos, you say you have more, could you post them, it's hard finding videos of them.

7/11/2006 4:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Soft machine files are missing & so are many others. Will you be uploading them again? I hope so....I only just fond this place....it's great...shame The Lou Reed stuff was removed.

7/23/2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

They are available again...

8/23/2006 3:31 AM  

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