Volume Two (The Soft Machine album)

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Volume Two
Studio album by The Soft Machine
Released September 1969
Recorded February–March 1969 at Olympic Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, jazz fusion, canterbury scene
Length 33:20
Label Probe SPB 1002 (UK); CPLP-4505 (US)
Producer The Soft Machine
The Soft Machine chronology
The Soft Machine
(1968)
Volume Two
(1969)
Third
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Volume Two is an LP by The Soft Machine, first released in 1969. A jazz influence is introduced to the humour, dadaism, and psychedelia of The Soft Machine (1968).

The album was inspired by Frank Zappa's Absolutely Free[citation needed], and consists of two long compositions with "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still" and "Dedicated to You" serving as interludes. Acting on a recommendation from Zappa, the band split the main tracks into smaller pieces to increase the band's income from the album.[2]
According to the lyrics in Have You Ever Bean Green? The Soft Machine thanked The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with whom they toured through the USA in 1968, that they as a beginning band were exposed to large crowds. The title of this song refers to a soulful plaint in the song Are You Experienced?, "Have you ever been experienced?". The title of Side 2, "Esther's Nose Job", is derived from a chapter in Thomas Pynchon's novel, V.


Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. Rivmic Melodies - 17:07
    1. "Pataphysical Introduction – Pt. 1" (Robert Wyatt) – 1:00
    2. "A Concise British Alphabet – Pt. 1" (Hugh Hopper, arr. Wyatt) – 0:10
    3. "Hibou, Anemone and Bear" (Mike Ratledge, Wyatt) – 5:58
    4. "A Concise British Alphabet – Pt. 2" (Hopper, arr. Wyatt) – 0:12
    5. "Hulloder" (Hopper, Wyatt) – 0:52
    6. "Dada Was Here" (Hopper, Wyatt) – 3:25
    7. "Thank You Pierrot Lunaire" (Hopper, Wyatt) – 0:47
    8. "Have You Ever Bean Green?" (Hopper, Wyatt) – 1:23
    9. "Pataphysical Introduction – Pt. 2" (Wyatt) – 0:50
    10. "Out of Tunes" (Ratledge, Hopper, Wyatt) – 2:30

Side 2[edit]

  1. Esther's Nose Job - 16:13
    1. "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still" (Ratledge, Wyatt) – 2:30
    2. "Dedicated to You But You Weren't Listening" (Hopper) – 2:30
    3. "Fire Engine Passing with Bells Clanging" (Ratledge) – 1:50
    4. "Pig" (Ratledge) – 2:08
    5. "Orange Skin Food" (Ratledge) – 1:52
    6. "A Door Opens and Closes" (Ratledge) – 1:09
    7. "10.30 Returns to the Bedroom" (Ratledge, Hopper, Wyatt) – 4:14

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kurtz, P. "Volume Two - Soft Machine | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Bennett, G. Soft Machine: Out-Bloody-Rageous. London: SAF Publishing Ltd., 1993, p. 163
  3. ^ "Hugh Hopper - 1962-1972". Hulloder.nl. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 

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