Fifth (Soft Machine album)

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original issue design
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1972
RecordedNov–Dec 1971 and Jan–Feb 1972 at Advision Studios, London
LabelCBS (UK), Columbia (USA)
ProducerSoft Machine
Soft Machine chronology
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]

Fifth (the title is Fifth while the front cover shows the number 5), is the fifth studio album by the jazz rock band Soft Machine, released in 1972. In the US the album was identified on cover and label by number (5).


Fifth was the first Soft Machine album recorded after the departure of founding member Robert Wyatt and continued the band's progression away from their original blend of psychedelic and progressive rock towards jazz fusion. Wyatt's replacement was Phil Howard, who contributed to the 1971 sessions that comprise side one, after which he left and was replaced by John Marshall for the 1972 recordings that make up side two. Future member Roy Babbington played double bass on side two, as a session musician. Unlike the previous two albums, Elton Dean's saxophone is not augmented by a brass and reeds section composed of session musicians.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "All White" (Mike Ratledge) – 6:06
  2. "Drop" (Ratledge) – 7:42
  3. "M C" (Hugh Hopper) – 4:57

Side two[edit]

  1. "As If" (Ratledge) – 8:02
  2. "L B O" (John Marshall) – 1:54
  3. "Pigling Bland" (Ratledge) – 4:24
  4. "Bone" (Elton Dean) – 3:29

2007 CD reissue bonus track[edit]

  1. "All White" (take two) - 7:14



  1. ^ a b Neate, Wilson. "Soft Machine - Fifth (1972) album review, credits & releases | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011.

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