PRETTY THINGS -S.F SORROW ("A psychedelic masterpiece") CDMADFISH
Issued in a cardboard fold out cover with 16 pages booklet
One of the greatest albums of the psychedelic era, that’s what we say. “A psychedelic masterpiece,” says the Guardian. Re-mastered from the original Abbey Road tapes. "Who could ever have thought, going back to the Pretty Things' first recording session in 1965, which started out so disastrously that their original producer quit in frustration, that it would come to this? The Pretty Things' early history in the studio featured the band with its amps seemingly turned up to 11, but for much of S.F. Sorrow the band is turned down to seven or four, or even two, or not amplified at all, and they're doing all kinds of folkish things here that are still bluesy enough so you never forget who they are, amid weird little digressions on percussion and chorus; harmony vocals that are spooky, trippy, strange, and delightful; sitars included in the array of stringed instruments; and an organ trying hard to sound like a Mellotron. Sometimes one gets an echo of Pink Floyd's "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" or "A Saucerful of Secrets," and it all straddles the worlds of British blues and British psychedelia better than almost any record you can name. The album, for those unfamiliar, tells the story of "S.F. Sorrow," a sort of British Everyman -- think of a working-class, luckless equivalent to the Kinks' Arthur, from cradle to grave. And it does show a pathway between blues and psychedelia that the Rolling Stones missed entirely. This CD reissue on Snapper adds four valuable songs from their 1967-1968 singles ('Defecting Grey,' 'Mr. Evasion,’ 'Talkin' About the Good Times,' and 'Walking Through My Dreams'). This version of 'Defecting Grey' is the original, long, uncut five-minute rendition, which is not of trivial importance—it's superior to the shorter one used on the official single.” —Bruce Eder, AllMusic
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.