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The Soft Machine - Volume Two - Original 1969 US Probe/ABC label 17-track Stereo LP

€ 47
ArtistThe Soft Machine
TitleVolume Two - Original 1969 US Probe/ABC label 17-track Stereo LP
Price € 47
GenreRock & Jazz
Record labelProbe Records/ABC Records
Catalogue noCPLP 4505
Year of release1969
GradingVG+(+) (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Cover)
Stock listThe Soft Machine
Additional infoRare 1969 US Probe/ABC label 17-track 2nd album by Canterbury based progressive rock combo - labeled an 'odd musical jewel' by Allmusics Peter Kurtz WHO describes it as 'most progressive of progressive rock albums' and '...the one record that effectively assimilates rock, absurdist humor, jazz, and the avant-garde..'

Vinyl is stiff and weighty ca 180 gram - has the generic matt black company labels with silver centre print, red lower rimprint and upper integrated and boxed spectral Probe logo and grey and white ABC Command logo.

Vinyl is held in a styrdy inner pasted gatefold picture cover.

Condition: VG+(+) (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Cover):
Vinyl is bright and lustrous - Side 1 has a very few light and inaudible surface marks - Side 2 is extremely close to mint.
Side 2 label has a very light degree of spindlewear - looks like 2 - 4 slightly complex one - Side 1 label is mint.
Vinyl is overall graded close to near mint/excellent.

Cover has handwritten number in the top-left bach corner - hardly visible - dark blue on dark background - a little ringwear which - as usual - is more in the top and botton regions than at the sides. Cover centers is otherwise exceptionally nice.
Seams are solid - a little light wear to seams and spine edges - not to the easily readable spine itself. Seams has a little more wear to lower seam and against corners - opening edges have almost no rubbing.
Corners are very nice - almost no denting, almost no rubbing - all in all a simply very ice cover - graded close to near mint/excellent.


Side 1: Rivmic Melodies 17:06
1 Pataphysical Introduction Pt. (Robert Wyatt) I 1:00
2 A Concise British Alphabet Pt. I (Hugh Hopper) 0:10
3 Hibou, Anenome And Bear (Robert Wyatt) 5:58
4 A Concise British Alphabet Pt. II (Hugh Hopper) 0:12
5 Hulloder (Hugh Hopper) 0:52
6 Dada Was Here 3:25
7 Thank You Pierrot Lunaire (Hugh Hopper) 0:47
8 Have You Ever Bean Green? (Hugh Hopper) 1:23
9 Pataphysical Introduction Pt. II (Robert Wyatt) 0:50
10 Out Of Tunes (Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper) 2:30

Side 2: Esther's Nose Job 16:13
1 As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still (Robert Wyatt) 2:30
2 Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening (ugh Hopper) 2:30
3 Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging (Mike Ratledge) 1:50
4 Pig (Mike Ratledge) 2:07
5 Orange Skin Food (Mike Ratledge) 1:52
6 A Door Opens And Closes (Mike Ratledge) 1:09
7 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom (Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, ugh Hopper) 4:14

Recorded February/March 1969 at Olympic Studios, London.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
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Robert Wyatt - drums, lead and backing vocals
Mike Ratledge - piano, Lowrey Holiday De Luxe organ, Hammond organ, harpsichord, flute
Hugh Hopper - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, alto saxophone

Additional Musicians:
Brian Hopper - soprano and tenor saxophone

Technical Credits:
The Soft Machine - Production
Mike Jeffrey - Executive-producer
Robert Wyatt - Arrangements
Lee Hulko - Mastering

Byron Goto, Henry Epstein - Cover And Liner Design
Eric Goto - Photography