British group Soft Heap was a short-lived group composed of former members of Soft Machine and Hatfield and the North. The lineup of the group was Elton Dean (saxophone; Soft Machine), Alan Gowen (keyboards; Hatfield and the North), Hugh Hopper (bass; Soft Machine), and Pip Pyle (drums; Hatfield and the North). The group released one album, creatively entitled Soft Heap, in 1979. A second album, A Veritable Centaur, was released in 1995. However, that album was not comprised of any additional recordings, but instead is a live album recorded during their touring.