Softs (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1976
RecordedJanuary to March, 1976 at EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
GenreJazz rock[1]
ProducerSoft Machine
Soft Machine chronology
Alive & Well: Recorded in Paris
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]

Softs is the ninth studio album by the jazz rock band Soft Machine, released in 1976. It is the final album to feature founding keyboardist Mike Ratledge.


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, John Marshall) – 1:50
  5. "Nexus" – 0:47
  6. "One Over the Eight" (Karl Jenkins, John Marshall, John Etheridge, Alan Wakeman, Roy Babbington) – 5:26
  7. "Etika" (John Etheridge) – 2:21


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  1. ^ a b Lynch, Dave. "Soft Machine - Softs (1976) album review, credits & releasese | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ Calyx band profile

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