Soft Machine BBC sessionography

I’ve just been trawling through the remnants of my old Soft Machine website and have decided to post some of the information collected for it on here.

We start with a sessionography for the BBC. (most of these are now available on CD)


SOFT MACHINE
SESSIONOGRAPHY


BBC Sessions

Broadcast 17/12/67 on Top Gear

Clarence in wonderland, We know what you mean, Hope for
happiness, Certain kind, Strangest scene (not broadcast)

Kevin Ayres: guitar, bass and vocals
Mike Ratledge: keyboards
Robert Wyatt: drums and vocals

recorded 5/12/67, producer Bernie Andrews

Broadcast 15/6/69 on Top Gear

Facelift / Mousetrap / Backwards / Mousetrap reprise, Moon in
June

Hugh Hopper: bass
Mike Ratledge: keyboards and flute
Brian Hopper: saxes
Robert Wyatt: drums

recorded 10/6/69, producer John Walters

Broadcast 29/11/69 on Top Gear

Instant pussy, Mousetrap / Noisette / Backwards ballad /
Mousetrap reprise / Pig / Orange skin food / A door opens and
closes / 10.30 returns to the bedroom

Hugh Hopper: bass
Mike Ratledge: keyboards
Robert Wyatt: drums
Elton Dean: alto sax
Lyn Dobson: soprano sax
Nick Evans: trombone
Mark Charig: flugelhorn

recorded 10/11/69, producer John Walters

Broadcast 16/5/70 on Top Gear

Slightly all the time / Out bloody rageous / Eamon Andrews

Hugh Hopper: bass
Mike Ratledge: keyboards
Robert Wyatt: drums
Elton Dean: alto sax

recorded 4/5/70, producer John Walters

Also this line up recorded a John Peel in concert on the 21/5/70

Also proms concert recording for Radio 3 13/8/70 from the
Royal Albert Hall

BROADCAST 25/9/70 on Sounds of the seventies

Out bloody rageous / Slightly all the time / Mousetrap

Hugh Hopper : bass
Mike Ratledge : keyboards
Robert Wyatt : drums
Elton Dean : saxes

recorded 17/9/70, producer Jamie Muir ( yes that one )

also Esthers nose job recorded at this
session and broadcast on the 30/10/70

BROADCAST 2/1/71 on Top Gear

Virtually / Fletchers blemish

Hugh Hopper : bass
Mike Ratledge : keyboards
Robert Wyatt : drums
Elton Dean : saxes

recorded 5/12/70, producer John Walters

BROADCAST 23/3/71 on John Peel In Concert

This was a 10 piece line up which included Hopper / Ratledge /
Wyatt and Dean plus Ronnie Scott ( tenor sax ), Roy Babbington (dbl
bass), Paul Nieman (trombone), Marc Charig (cornet), Phil Howard
(drums) and Neville Whitehead (elec bass)

Blind badger, Neo caliban grides, Out Bloody rageous / Eamon
Andrews / All White / Kings & Queens / Teeth / Pigling Bland

BROADCAST 26/6/71 on Top Gear

Dedicated to you but you weren’t listening, All white / Eamon
Andrews

Hugh Hopper : bass
Mike Ratledge : Keyboards
Robert Wyatt : drums
Elton Dean : saxes

recorded 1/6/71, producer John Walters

BROADCAST 24/11/71 on John Peel

As if, Drop, Welcome to frillsville

Hugh Hopper : bass
Mike Ratledge : keyboards
Elton Dean : saxes
Phil Howard : drums (replacing Robert Wyatt)

recorded 15/11/71, producer John Walters

BROADCAST 20/12/71 on Sounds of the seventies

From a work in progress, As if / Pigling bland

recorded 16/11/71, producer John Walters

also Grides, All/ white, Slightly all the time recorded
at this session and broadcast 10/1/72

BROADCAST 18/7/72 on John Peel

Stumble / Lbo / As if, Fanfare / All white / Me / Drop

Hugh Hopper : bass
Mike Ratledge : keyboards
Karl Jenkins : sax / keyboards
John Marshall : drums
Jenkins and Marshall replaced Howard and Dean

recorded 11/7/72, producer unknown

also this line up recordeda third In Concert for John Peel on
the 20/7/72 which was broadcast on the 2/9/72

BROADCAST 24/11/72 on The Sequence (Sound of the
seventies)

The softweed factor, Fanfare / All white / Between / Riff,
Ceseureht / EPV / Stumble

Hugh Hopper : bass
Mike Ratledge : keyboards
Karl Jenkins : sax / keyboards
John Marshall : drums

recorded 7/10/72, producer John Muir

BROADCAST 20/11/73 on John Peel

Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album, Hazard profile, Down the road

Mike Ratledge : keyboards
Karl Jenkins : sax / keyboards
John Marshall : drums
Roy Babbington : bass (replaces Hugh Hopper)

recorded 30/10/73, producer Bob Conduct

 


 

 

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