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Fourth is the 1971 studio album by the Canterbury band "Soft Machine". The album is also titled Four or 4 in the USA; the numeral "4" is the title as shown on the cover in all countries, but a written-out title appears on the spine and label. This was the group's first all-instrumental album, although their previous album Third had almost completed the band's move in this direction toward instrumental jazz, and a complete abandonment of their original self-presentation as a psychedelic pop group, or progressive rock group.


Music Genre:  Acid Psych Prog Jazz-Rock 
Production information:

The album: "SOFT MACHINE - Soft Machine Fourth Textured cover" was produced by: Soft Machine

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): George Chkiantz

This album was recorded : Autumn 1970 at Olympic Studios, London

Album cover design: Bloomsbury Group

Album cover photography: Campbell MacCallum

Record Label:  Barclay XBLY 080 439 U
Record Format 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Year & Country  1971 Made in France

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Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SOFT MACHINE - Soft Machine Fourth Textured cover

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Hugh Hopper - bass guitar
  • Mike Ratledge - (Lowrey) organ, (Wurlitzer) piano
  • Robert Wyatt - drums
  • Elton Dean - alto saxophone, saxello
  • Roy Babbington - double bass (1,3,4,6)
  • Mark Charig - cornet (2,3,4)
  • Nick Evans - trombone (1,2,4)
  • Jimmy Hastings - alto flute (6), bass clarinet (1,6)
  • Alan Skidmore - tenor saxophone (1,6)

Complete Track-listing of the album "SOFT MACHINE - Soft Machine Fourth Textured cover"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SOFT MACHINE - Soft Machine Fourth Textured cover" is:

    Side One:
  1. "Teeth" (Mike Ratledge) - 9:15
  2. "Kings and Queens" (Hugh Hopper) - 5:02
  3. "Fletcher's Blemish" (Elton Dean) - 4:35
    Side Two:
  1. "Virtually Part 1" (Hopper) - 5:16
  2. "Virtually Part 2" (Hopper) - 7:09
  3. "Virtually Part 3" (Hopper) - 4:33
  4. "Virtually Part 4" (Hopper) - 3:23
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