PRETTY THINGS - EMOTIONS- digipak CDMADFISH
The Pretty Things were one of the most underrated rhythm & blues bands to come out of the mid-60's British rock explosion. So well-loved by Brits, they were often thought of in the same breath as The Rolling Stones. And, like a lot of great rhythm & blues based groups to come put of England, they stepped somewhat uneasily into the precarious psychedelic music explosion. However, in all fairness, The Pretty Things did come up with a pretty fine and original album, “Emotions." Superbly well-orchestrated (especially the gorgeous "The Sun," one of the album's standouts), The Pretty Things didn't lose sight of their R&B leanings, as tracks such as 'There Will Never Be Another Day' show. This reissue is also buttressed by a generous selection of bonus tracks seven of them - making it even more worthwhile. The highlight those is five remixes (four album cuts and "Progress") that remove many superfluous overdubs. If you want to, you can pretend that this “remixes EP" and the "Defecting Gray" single are the bridge between their blues and psychedelic albums…. if that’s what you like to do when listening to great music. Digipack packaging, complete with an 8-page booklet featuring sleeve notes from journalist and editor Paul Du Noyer (NME, Q, MOJO).The Pretty Things were fundamental in the development of British music. They enjoyed much critical success and were a huge influence on artists as diverse as David Bowie, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols, The White Stripes, Kasabian, The Lightning Seeds and countless more. Their music has been used in feature films including Guy Ritchie's 'RocknRolla', and on TV shows as recent as Britannia II. The band created a rich music catalogue including the classic albums The Pretty Things, S.F. Sorrow & Parachute, and remained a significant artistic and creative force throughout their entire 55+ year career. They have continued to release iconic and influential recordings, right up to the present day, with a new album due for release later this year. They also remained a potent live act, as is shown on 'The Final Bow', highlighting their last electric gig at the O2 which featured special guests including Van Morrison and David Gilmour accompanying Phil and The Pretty Things live on stage.