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The Earliest Recordings

B 159LP B 159LP

Technically "proto-Soft Machine", recorded live in London in the early sixties. "The very earliest known recordings by the men who would unwittingly go on to found the influential Canterbury scene and its premiere band, Soft Machine! Culled mostly from sax player Brian Hopper's personal vault of early rehearsal tapes and live performances circa 1962-63 - over 3 years prior to Soft Machine's official formation. In 1962, Brian's younger brother Hugh was still attending the Simon Langton Grammar School For Boys near Canterbury, as was classmate, Robert Wyatt. Mike Ratledge, had been a classmate of Brian's and Daevid Allen was just a freewheeling Australian music lover who was renting a room at Wyatt's parent's house. The Hopper brothers, Wyatt and Ratledge were drawn in by Allen (who was older) with his Sun Ra records, beat poetry, and tales of the bohemian life in Paris, all of which soon led to talk of starting a band together... as these things often do. The very earliest line-up was Wyatt on drums, Allen on guitar, and Hugh on bass. They called themselves the Daevid Allen Trio. 'Dear Olde Benny Green Is A-Turning In His Grave' is a tune that comes from one of their first live performances at London's Marquee club in 1963." 140 gram LP. Clear vinyl in PVC sleeve with blue lettering and red label. Limited edition 500 copies.