By the time he hooked-up with Wyatt, Ratledge and Ayers, Allen was a seasoned musician, poet, beatnik, and proto-hippie traveler. Wyatt was into a range of music from jazz to classical, while Ratledge starting to experiment with tape loops. This potent mix of music and experimentation found its full expression in the Soft Machine. The Soft Machine as a four-piece with Daevid Allen.
The band moved through various lineups before settling on the foursome of Allen, Ayers, Wyatt, and Ratledge. They also gave young women rides around the outer rim [of the venue] the Roundhouse on [the bike], bumping through the dirt and debris, raising clouds of dust. However, after a tour of France, Allen was refused re-entry into England as he had an Australian passport and no visa.
Allen quit the band, returned to Paris and set about forming the prog rock Gong. After recording and releasing their brilliant and seminal eponymous-titled debut album inAyers quit the band Decoding Jesus - The Path (Remixes) pursue a solo career.
That was almost the end of the Softs, but due to contractual reasons Wyatt, Ratledge and Hugh Hopper reformed the band to Various - Psychedelic Atmosphe Beatnik Live In Paris 97 Volume Two in Since then, Soft Machine has continued under different line-ups though lacking its original members right up to the present day. Email Address. Daevid Allen. Soft Machine. Robert Wyatt.
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