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Soft Heap / Soft Head

Soft Heap / Soft Head
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Soft Heap was a Soft Machine spin-off group that included several Canterbury notables, originally featuring Hugh Hopper (bass), Elton Dean (saxophone), Alan Gowen (keyboards), and Pip Pyle (drums), with their first initials spelling out HEAP, thus the group's name. When Dave Sheen took over for Pyle, the group was called Soft Head, though after Hopper's departure and Gowen's death, which resulted in the participation of John Greaves (bass) and Mark Hewins (guitar), the Heap moniker was restored in honor of Gowan's memory. Confusingly, the Soft Head album Rogue Element was the first release from the collective, followed by Soft Heap.
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Soft Heap — A Veritable Centaur Soft Heap — A Veritable Centaur
(Impetus Records IMP CD 18219, 1988/1995, CD)
Soft Heap — Soft Heap Soft Heap — Soft Heap
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2131, 1979/2009, CD)
Soft Heap — Al Dente Soft Heap — Al Dente
(Reel Recordings RR 008, 1978/2008, CD)
Soft Head — Rogue Element Soft Head — Rogue Element
(Ogun OGCD 013 B, 1978/1996, CD)

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