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Studio album by Soft Machine
Released June 1976
Recorded January to March, 1976 at EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Jazz fusion, Progressive rock
Length 44:55
Label Harvest
Producer Soft Machine
Soft Machine chronology
Alive & Well: Recorded in Paris
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Softs is a 1976 studio album by British psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz/fusion band Soft Machine, who were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene.[citation needed]

John Etheridge replaced Allan Holdsworth on guitar shortly after the release of the previous album, Bundles, and Alan Wakeman, cousin of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, took over saxophone duties from Karl Jenkins. Karl would play keyboards exclusively from this point onward. This change was necessitated by the departure of the group's last founding member, Mike Ratledge, who left in March 1976 before the sessions were completed, and can be heard on two tracks, but is not credited as a member of the group. Wakeman and bassist Roy Babbington left the group not long after the album was released, Wakeman having been a member for less than six months.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Karl Jenkins except where indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Aubade" – 1:49
  2. "The Tale of Taliesin" – 7:15
  3. "Ban-Ban Caliban" – 9:19
  4. "Song of Aeolus" – 4:29

Side two[edit]

  1. "Out of Season" – 5:30
  2. "Second Bundle" – 2:35
  3. "Kayoo" (John Marshall) – 3:25
  4. "The Camden Tandem" (John Etheridge / Marshall) – 1:50
  5. "Nexus" – 0:47
  6. "One Over the Eight" (Jenkins / Marshall / Etheridge / Alan Wakeman / Roy Babbington) – 5:26
  7. "Etika" – 2:21 (Etheridge)


Additional personnel


  1. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Softs - Soft Machine | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Calyx band profile

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