Click on the link here for Audio Player: Soft Machine – We Did It Again – 1968
My first exposure to The Soft Machine came in 1968 when they opened for Jimi Hendrix – it was a turning point in my musical journey (yep, it was a journey – there was a lot to discover). I became an instant fan and never stopped.
Tonight it’s a track (actually 3 tracks) off their first album. We Did It Again, followed by Plus Belle Qu`une Poubelle, Why Are We Sleeping? and Box 25/4LID.
Soft Machine have gone on to the stuff of legends now – still more or less together, but not in their original form. They have, if anything, toned down quite a bit and took a turn for the Avant-Garde as far as Jazz goes some years back. But the spirit is still there.
And if you’ve never heard of them, or never heard them, here’s a chance to hear them when it was all new and insane all at the same time.