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The Soft Machine (also titled "Volume One" as a reissue) is the debut album by the British psychedelic rock band Soft Machine, released in 1968.


Founded in 1966, Soft Machine (one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene) recorded and released this studio album during their 1968 tour of the USA. It was produced by Chas Chandler and Tom Wilson.

This album fused psychedelic rock with jazz and soft rock, making it highly experimental. The work on this album was one of the essential roots in progressive rock and jazz-fusion.

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Live performances of "We Did It Again" were sometimes as long as 45 minutes.[citation needed]

The 2009 Remastered Edition includes as bonus tracks also "Love Makes Sweet Music" and "Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'", respectively Side A and Side B of their first single, issued in 1967.


  • Robert Wyatt – drums, lead vocals
  • Mike RatledgeLowrey Holiday De Luxe organ, piano (on 13)
  • Kevin Ayers – bass, lead vocals (on 10 and 12), backing vocals (on 7 and 9), piano (on 5)
Additional personnel
  • Hugh Hopper – bass (on 13)
  • The Cake – backing vocals (on 12)

Sales chart performance[]

Year Chart Position
1969 Billboard 200 160[4]


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