Six (Soft Machine album)

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Studio album and Live album by
ReleasedFeb 1973
RecordedThe Dome, Brighton, and Civic Hall, Guildford, October and November 1972 (live record), CBS Studios, London, November and December 1972 (studio record, except "1983"), Advision Studios, London, 1973 ("1983")
GenreJazz fusion[1]
LabelCBS (UK), Columbia (USA)
ProducerSoft Machine
Soft Machine chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB− [2]

Six is the sixth studio (instrumental) album (half including live material) by the jazz rock band Soft Machine, originally released in 1973 as a double LP. This is the first album to feature Karl Jenkins as a member and songwriter for the group. He eventually became the de facto leader and main composer of the group following the departure of the last remaining original member, Mike Ratledge in 1976.


The previous two albums had been issued with slightly different titles in different countries (Fourth and Fifth in the UK, Four and 5 in the USA, with the former album showing a numeral 4 on the cover, while the album before that had been titled Third worldwide). On this album, they deferred to their American standard for worldwide release.

The album includes a live record and a studio record, individually titled as shown in the track listing below. One song from the live album, "All White", had been previously recorded for their Fifth album.

Track listing[edit]

Soft Machine "Six" Album – Live Record[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Fanfare" (Karl Jenkins) – 0:42
  2. "All White" (Mike Ratledge) – 4:46
  3. "Between" (Jenkins / Ratledge) – 2:24
  4. "Riff I" (Jenkins) – 4:36
  5. "37½" (Ratledge) – 6:51

Side two[edit]

  1. "Gesolreut" (Ratledge) – 6:17
  2. "E.P.V." (Jenkins) – 2:47
  3. "Lefty" (Soft Machine) – 4:56
  4. "Stumble" (Jenkins) – 1:42
  5. "5 from 13 (for Phil Seamen with Love & Thanks)" (John Marshall) – 5:15
  6. "Riff II" (Jenkins) – 1:20

Note: "Lefty" composer credit changed to (Hopper / Jenkins / Marshall) on later CD editions.

Soft Machine "Six" Album – Studio Record[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Soft Weed Factor" (Jenkins) – 11:18
  2. "Stanley Stamp's Gibbon Album (for B.O.)" (Ratledge) – 5:58

Side two[edit]

  1. "Chloe and the Pirates" (Ratledge) – 9:30
  2. "1983" (Hugh Hopper) – 7:54

Note: On U.S. LP pressings, "1983" is slightly shorter, with a listed running time of 7:11.


Record 1: Recorded at the Brighton Dome and at the Guildford Civic Hall and mixed at Advision Studios, London during the months of October and November 1972.

Record 2: "1983" recorded and mixed at Advision Studios, London. All other compositions recorded and mixed at CBS Studios, London during the months of November and December 1972.


  1. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. "Soft Machine - Six (1973) album review, credits & releases | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 12 March 2019 – via

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