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Phillippe Debarges -Ltd-

Pretty Things Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ugly Things
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Balboa Island 17 Sep 2010
By Allan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had this on cassette tape for years, poor sound quality of course, so it's good to get the CD. Not that it's at all like the demented singer howling over a wall of noise which is how I like to remember the Pretty Things - this collection is laid-back, mostly acoustic and in fact quite charming.
As Monsieur Debarges is the vocalist, and as he also funded the whole project, the least UT could have done is to put his picture on the front.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pretty near perfect in places! 23 May 2012
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Im listening to this now and its so good ive decided to do my first amazon review.This album is a swirling harmony soaked masterpiece.the sound quality is excellent,crisp,clear,ringing accoustic guitar,rich hammond,dreamy mellotron.In my opinion about three quarters of the songs are are as good as the best bits from their emotions/sf sorrow/electric banana period albums so basicly we have an essential pretties album here.remarkable they didnt release at the time.If you like all the usual uk pop psych classics you'll surely find this hits all the right spots.As with most albums there are one or two songs that are maybe not as strong as the rest but thats understandable when the quality of the tunes overall is so good.I almost overlooked this one,really glad I got to know about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable Pretty Things album 4 Dec 2012
By Al Most
Format:Audio CD
This is high quality material, on a a par or even better than SF Sorrow or Parachute. Very surprising when you know the story of the record (see other reviews).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Things at their best, finally released 31 July 2009
By Kevin D. Rathert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In 1969, following the release of their classic thematic lp, SF Sorrow, and just before the release of the classic lp Parachut, The Pretty Things received an offer they couldn't refuse from French playboy/Pretty Things superfan, Philippe DeBarge. DeBarge asked the classic lineup, fronted by Phil May to write original songs on which DeBarge himself would sing lead vocals with the Pretty Things supplying backing vocals and all instrumentation. Thus, vocalist Phil May and bassist Wally Waller supplied said DeBarge with twelve original compositions on which lead guitarist Jon Povey, under the pseudonym Victor Unitt, bass being handled by the above mentioned Mr. Waller, keyboards by Jon Povey and drums by the ever present Twink. The material was recorded as planned circa September 1969 at Nova Studios in London, but never released. For forty years the tracks filled with acoustic, fuzz, and backward guitars, as well as harpsichords and mellotrons as well as gorgeous harmony vocals by Mr.'s May, Waller and Povey lay gathering dust. Fast forward to 2009, Ugly Things magazine and records owner, and Loons lead vocalist/songwriter Mike Stax brings one of two known surviving acetates out of the darkness of the vaults and into the light of day, as the seventh release on Stax's Ugly Things Records. The twelve original tracks are joined by a December, 2008 recording by the Pretty Things with May, Waller, and Povey joined by original lead guitarist Dick Taylor and drummer Skip Alan. Thus, the original 12 tracks, 39 minutes run time are joined by a five and a half minute rocker recorded especially for this cd release. Why such a long wait? No good answer on that one. The material is strong, DeBarge's vocals don't overshadow the wonderful Pretty Things sound at all. In fact, DeBarge's vocals fit nicely. So it came that after discussion at the DeBarge estate on St. Tropez, May, Waller, and company joined DeBarge in the studio in London and the tracks were recorded. Laid down on state of the art 8 track master reels, few of teh twelve tunes ever reemerged as part of the Pretty Things repertoire. However, all twelve are quite worthy of holding a spot on a proper Pretty Things lp. The tracks withstand the test of time, and are as pleasing to the ear in 2009 as they would have been in 1969. Leave it to Mike Stax to be able to unearth one of the two acetates, have it mixed and mastered and then as a coup de gras have the classic Pretty Things lineup, which Taylor had just departed at the time of the recording of the DeBarge tracks, record a song as a bonus track for this very special release. I could review the tracks individually, but for the sake of your eyes and my fingers, let the music speak for itself. Order this cd from Ugly Things or any drop shipper wise enough to carry it. I personally guarantee that if you are a Pretty Things fan you'll love this disc. If you are a fan of classic 1960s Brit rock you'll adore it. If you have even a passing interest in well written, well executed rock and roll you'll be shortchanging yourself if this cd is not in your collection. In other words, pick it up, give it a listen, and if I'm off base, post a review bashing me and put me in my place. My money and reputation say you'll be overjoyed to have this unknown/unheard gem far ahead of its time in your collection. It gets regular rotation among my rather massive collection of music. So, tip of the hat to you Mike Stax for once again giving us a true "lost treasure." May your karmic glow forever shine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last ! ! ! 10 Oct 2009
By Kaleidoscope - Published on Amazon.com
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This is The Pretty Things with a french millionaire on vocals (with Phil May backing, of course) and finally we are having this wonderful record in official release. I have listened this record before with poor sound quality, but this is cleaned up from old acetate and just sounds great. And songs? Believe me, five stars. Pretties couldn't do no wrong and I have always amazed how on earth the big success didn't came for these guys. One of the best groups during their first active years 1965-1975. Thanks for this release, Ugly Things :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Parachute 22 Sep 2012
By Keith Otis Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Don't read this review -- all I have to say is to parrot the above review by Kevin D. Rathert. I had not known of this album until I was reading the collected reviews of Mr. Rathert, and his enthusiasm for this album was so contagious that I immediately ordered it.

The only thing you need to know is that if you admire the album Parachute by the Pretty Things, you won't be disappointed with this album.

The only caution that I can offer is that the sound is not great. We're now spoiled by digital recording, and the lack of deep bass or clear highs on this album is somewhat of a disappointment. But if you listen to any of those awful Pink Floyd bootlegs, this album was at least recorded in a studio, so it's tolerable -- about the same quality as the sound on their Electric Banana albums.

The most important thing, what makes us listen to a favorite album over and over, and what makes an album a classic that can survive the test of time, is the material. Wally Waller and Phil May were at the peak of their songwriting careers during this period, and these songs are, without exception, first rate. It's not the Pretty Things in their blues mode, but it's the same Swinging London sound found on Parachute.

I've been listening to this album all week, and I can't get enough of it. It's like going through some old junk and discovering a forgotten love letter.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stated: 5 Jan 2013
By Eric Wilder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Koolest Psychedelic Rock n' Roll Bootleg project of our time.....I've LOVED these songs ever since Mike Stax sent me the scratchy "Sandpaper-meets nails on a Blackboard" Acetate back in 2001 & lets just say Wally & Phil cleaned this thing up NICELY in 2009 for the LONG over-due Release!!.....

The PT's at their creative drug fueled best w/time on their Hands & ready to play Studio Frankenstein's w/LOTS of neat recording ideas (w/thanks for the Studio tutelage of former Beatles Engineer Norman Hurricane" Smith who produced the "Sorrow Album w/the Band in 1968) & the Freedom to create MINUS the Record Label Constraints of the time.....slam into the French Aristocrat/Fan with the Energy" & LOTS of $$$$ to create a perfect Musical Storm for our benefits.....outside of Mr. Stax I'm most likely the PT's most Zealot fan (Yes....PROUDLY Bragging a bit) here in the States.....so if anyone is interested in my opine of this Album's particulars(or ANYTHING else pertaining to the Band's Career)&/or to Dialogue....please feel free to type back!!.....
Rock n' Roll, ~EW
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