Soft Machine

Formed September 1966. Disbanded August 1984.
Soft Machine


Soft Machine were an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre. Though they achieved little commercial success, they are considered by Allmusic to be "one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Volume One

    Volume One 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Volume One stands as one of the pinnacles of English pre-progressive underground music.
  2. Review of Volume Two

    Volume Two 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    No one makes records like this anymore.
  3. Review of Third / Fourth / Fifth / Six / Seven

    Third / Fourth / Fifth / Six / Seven 2007

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    A guilty pleasure no longer, we don’t have to wait for the critics to catch up.
  4. Review of BBC Radio 1967-1971

    BBC Radio 1967-1971 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Beginners may well be scared by the intricacies and oddly emotionless explorations...
  5. Review of Backwards

    Backwards 2002

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...this is the musical equivalent of architectural brutalism; bold, stark, utopian,...
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