CD #1- 25 Tracks of the very best from the dirtiest, hairiest, loudest, most controversial and influential band the world has ever seen
CD #2- The Pretty Things Incredible 100 Club show from December 2010, a piece of Rock 'n' Roll history.
Essential early British R&B sound from the band that stubbornly refused to lie down to popular demand; The Pretty Things religiously stuck to their guns by making great, exciting, challenging and often violently aggressive records that just weren’t quite acceptable enough to slot into the breathlessly presented but carefully airbrushed new youth-culture media. Includes the instantly recognisable ‘Rosalyn,' 'Don’t Bring Me Down,' 'Cry To Me' and many other brilliant evidences of a musicianship at the forefront of an evolving rock music scene through the 60s, 70s and 80s. The band’s songwriting prowess is best highlighted when, after their brief fling with minor R&B hits alongside such bands as The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Yardbirds and Manfred Mann, they hit the ground running with music that fueled the “Swinging Sixties” and Mod Culture in the late 60s. The shift to Psychedelic Rock saw The Pretty Things ensconced in Abbey Road Studios, alongside The Beatles and The Pink Floyd, to record the world’s first rock opera, "S.F. Sorrow.” This spearheaded the London psychedelic revolution alongside a new completely breed of acts, like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Jimi Hendrix and the aforementioned Pink Floyd. So, although this “Greatest Hits” album has few charted songs, it is a truly meaningful historical document of the greatest band with the fewest hits, but with the best music.
The Pretty Things’ "Greatest Hits" features as the final track: 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' which was originally offered to The Pretty Things — who turned it down before The Byrd’s famous version was recorded; the Pretty’s finally recorded their own take in 2016, keeping true to their style.
Booklet includes individual track commentary from band members Dick Taylor and Phil May, plus liner notes from long-time manager Mark St. John.
The double CD, presented in a 6-panel digipack packaging, contains a special bonus CD of an exclusive recorded performance of the band’s debut self-titled album at London’s infamous 100 Club.
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.