Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow (Vinyl)

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The Pretty Things created some of the most exciting and innovative records of the late sixties and early seventies. Winners of the Hero award at the 2009 Mojo Honours, the band have been name checked over the years by an array of artists ranging from The Clash, David Bowie and Aerosmith through to The Libertines and Kasabian. 'SF Sorrow' is one of the great classics of the psychedelic era. The album stands favourable comparison with 'Sgt Pepper' and 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' as one of the defining records of the time. Originally recorded at Abbey Road in 1967 and 1968 it was the first and the most complete rock-opera to be recorded and released, pre-dating 'Tommy' by a full year. This vinyl edition of the album re-mastered from the original analogue tapes. It is pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and packaged with the original UK artwork gatefold sleeve, with cover art from Phil May. The Pretty Things are active today and still play live regularly.


Ranking amongst the first narrative concept albums, S.F. Sorrow might not have a very well-explained plot, but musically it's downright fantastic, taking the most psychedelic moments of the Beatles (think Tomorrow Never Knows and the like) and bringing them to the next level. At some points the pulsating percussion on the album seems to offer a precedent for later drum and bass, whilst the acoustic closer Loneliest Person is downright haunting. At points a Kinks-and-Beatles-inspired product of its time, at other point years ahead of the rest of the pack, it's a fascinating musical trip and deserves its reputation as one of the keystone psychedelic albums of its era.

By: warthur

A1 S. F. Sorrow Is Born
A2 Bracelets Of Fingers
A3 She Says Good Morning
A4 Private Sorrow
A5 Balloon Burning
A6 Death
B1 Baron Saturday
B2 The Journey
B3 I See You
B4 Well Of Destiny
B5 Trust
B6 Old Man Going
B7 Loneliest Person

On hype sticker:
180g Vinyl
One of the great classics of the psychedelic era, re-mastered from the original Abbey Road tapes.
" a psychedelic masterpiece" The Guardian