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In November 1969.

In November 1969, “Harvest” label released “Joy of a Toy”, the debut Kevin Ayers solo album. It was recorded June – September 1969, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Kevin Ayers and Peter Jenner.

Personnel:

  • Kevin Ayers– guitars, bass, vocals
  • Robert Wyatt– drums
  • David Bedford– piano, mellotron, arranger
  • Mike Ratledge– organ
  • Hugh Hopper– bass
  • Paul Buckmaster– cello
  • Rob Tait – drums
  • Paul Minns – oboe
  • Peter Mews – engineer
  • Laurie Asprey – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Kevin Ayers

  1. Joy of a Toy Continued
  2. Town Feeling
  3. The Clarietta Rag
  4. Girl on a Swing
  5. Song for Insane Times
  6. Stop This Train (Again Doing It)
  7. Eleanor’s Cake (Which Ate Her)
  8. The Lady Rachel
  9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong
  10. All This Crazy Gift of Time
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In June 1976.

In June 1976, “Harvest” label released “Softs”, the ninth Soft Machine studio album. It was recorded January – March 1976, at at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Roy Babbington, John Etheridge, John Marshall, Alan Wakeman and Karl Jenkins.

Personnel:

  • Roy Babbington– bass guitar
  • John Etheridge– acoustic and electric guitars
  • John Marshall– drums, percussion
  • Alan Wakeman– soprano and tenor saxophones
  • Karl Jenkins– piano, electric piano, pianette, string and Mini-Moog synthesizers, orchestrations
  • Mike Ratledge– synthesizer

Track listing:

All tracks by Karl Jenkins except where noted.

  1. Aubade
  2. The Tale ofTaliesin
  3. Ban-BanCaliban
  4. Song ofAeolus
  5. Out of Season
  6. Second Bundle
  7. Kayoo – John Marshall
  8. The Camden Tandem – John Etheridge, John Marshall
  9. Nexus
  10. One Over the Eight – Karl Jenkins, John Marshall, John Etheridge,Alan Wakeman,Roy Babbington
  11. Etika – John Etheridge

In May 1973.

In May 1973, “Harvest” label released “Bananamour”, the fourth Kevin Ayers studio album. It was recorded September-October 1972, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Kevin Ayers and Andrew King.

Personnel:

  • Kevin Ayers- guitar, vocals
  • Archie Legget – bass, harmony and lead vocals
  • Eddie Sparrow – drums
  • Steve Hillage- leead guitar
  • Mike Ratledge- organ
  • Robert Wyatt- harmony vocal
  • David Bedford- orchestral arrangement
  • Howie Casey- tenor saxophone
  • Dave Caswell – trumpet
  • Tristan Fry- cymbal
  • Lyle Jenkins – baritone saxophone
  • Ronnie Price – piano
  • Barry St. John- vocals
  • Liza Strike – vocals
  • Doris Troy- vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Kevin Ayers

  1. Don’t Let It Get You Down (For Rachel)
  2. Shouting in a Bucket Blues
  3. When Your Parents Go to Sleep
  4. Interview
  5. Internotional Anthem
  6. Decadence
  7. Oh! Wot A Dream
  8. Hymn
  9. Beware of the Dog

 

In December 1968.

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In December 1968, “Probe” label released the self titled, debut Soft Machine album. It was recorded April 1968, at “Record Plant Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Chas Chandler and Tom Wilson. It was the first album ever recorded in “Record Plant Studios” and was engineered by the studio co-founder Gary Kellgren.

Personnel:

  • Robert Wyatt – drums, lead vocals
  • Mike Ratledge – Lowrey Holiday De Luxe organ, piano
  • Kevin Ayers – bass, lead vocals , backing vocals, piano
  • Hugh Hopper – bass
  • The Cake – backing vocals
  • Byron Goto, Eli Allman & Henry Epstein – cover art

Track listing

  1. Hope for Happiness – Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Brian Hopper
  2. Joy of a Toy – Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge
  3. Hope for Happines (Reprise) – Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Brian Hopper
  4. Why Am I So Short? – Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers, Hugh Hopper
  5. So Boot If At All – Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt
  6. A Certain Kind – Hugh Hopper
  7. Save yourself – Robert Wyatt
  8. Priscilla – Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt
  9. Lullabye Letter – Kevin Ayers
  10. We Did it Again – Kevin Ayers
  11. Plus Belle qu’une Poubelle – Kevin Ayers
  12. Why Are We Sleeping – Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt
  13. Box 25/4 Ltd. – Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper

On June 6, 1970.

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On June 6, 1970, “CBS” label released “Third”, the third Soft Machine studio album. It was recorded April – May 1970 at “IBC” in London, “Facelift” was recorded live in Croydon and Birmingham, January 1970, and was produced by Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper, Robert Wyatt and Elton Dean.

Personnel:

  • Mike Ratledge– Hohner Pianet, Lowrey organ, piano
  • Hugh Hopper– bass guitar
  • Robert Wyatt– drums, vocals, Hammond organ, Mellotron, Hohner Pianet, piano, bass
  • Elton Dean– alto saxophone, saxello
  • Lyn Dobson– soprano saxophone, flute
  • Jimmy Hastings– flute, bass clarinet
  • Rab Spall– violin
  • Nick Evans– trombone

Track listing:

  1. Facelift – Hugh Hopper
  2. Slightly All the Time – Mike Ratledge
  • Noisette – Hugh Hopper
  • Backwards – Mike Ratledge
  • Noisette Reprise Hugh Hopper
  1. Moon in June – Robert Wyatt
  2. Out-Bloody-Rageous – Mike Ratledge

On February 28, 1971.

Soft_Machine - fourth

On February 28, 1971, “CBS” released “Fourth”, the fourth Soft Machine” studio album. It was recorded October – November 1970, at “Olympic Studios” in London, and was produced by Hugh Hopper, Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Elton Dean and Roy Babbington.

Personnel:

Personnel:

  • Hugh Hopper – bass guitar
  • Mike Ratledge – Lowrey organ, Hohner piano, acoustic piano
  • Robert Wyatt – drums
  • Elton Dean – alto saxophone, saxello
  • Roy Babbington – double bass
  • Mark Charig – cornet
  • Nick Evans – trombone
  • Jimmy Hastings – alto flute, bass clarinet
  • Alan Skidmore – tenor saxophone

Track listing:

  1. Teeth – Mike Ratledge
  2. Kings and Queens – Hugh Hopper
  3. Fletcher’s Blemish – Elton Dean
  4. Virtually Part 1 – Hugh Hopper
  5. Virtually Part 2 – Hugh Hopper
  6. Virtually Part 3 – Hugh Hopper
  7. Virtually Part 4 – Hugh Hopper

On January 3, 1970.

Syd Barrett - Mad Cap Laughs

On January 3, 1970, “Harvest” label released “The Madcap Laughs”, the debut Syd Barrett solo album.  It was recorded May 1968 – August 1969, at the “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Syd Barrett, Peter Jenner, Malcolm Jones, David Gilmour and Roger Waters.

Personnel:

  • Syd Barrett– acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, production
  • David Gilmour– bass guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, drums
  • Jerry Shirley– drums
  • Willie Wilson– bass guitar
  • Robert Wyatt– drums
  • Hugh Hopper– bass guitar
  • Mike Ratledge– keyboards
  • Mick Rock– photography
  • Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis – cover designs

Track listing:

All tracks by Syd Barrett, except “Golden Hair” – music by Syd Barrett, based on a poem by James Joyce.

  1. Terrapin
  2. No Good Trying
  3. Love You
  4. No Man’s Land
  5. Dark Globe
  6. Here I Go
  7. Octopus
  8. Golden Hair
  9. Long Gone
  10. She Took A Long Cold Look
  11. Feel
  12. If It’s in You
  13. Late Night