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Rhythm & Blues Years

The Pretty Things Audio CD
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The Pretty Things have been a magnet for controversy since their inception. At a time when the Rolling Stones were seen as the ultimate nonconformists, the Pretty Things made them look tame by comparison. The band members' hair was longer, their lifestyles wilder, and their music louder and more extreme. Although their commercial success was limited, the Pretty Things were able not only ... Read more in Amazon's The Pretty Things Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Recall Records
  • ASIN: 5553923085
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I feel really bad giving this only 4 stars because I think that this band, and particularly this period in the bands' history are some of the most important music ever. My own tastes lie firmly within the "freakbeat" genre and notably the edgy pop perfected by such bands as the Small Faces, Creation and Sorrows. Before any of these guys arrived on the scene the Pretty things were taking R&B numbers and attacking them with such ferocity that they rarely looked like the originals. The music they made (and anyone who likes this should check out 'Them' with Van Morrison)had little impact on the charts, but certainly played an integral part in the development of the freakbeat scene. These songs have more aggression than any Rolling Stones record of this period and the production values are just so poor here that the records benefit from this (compare this to the over-produced Merseybeat or them Stones records). When the band actually do their own stuff they show that they can write well crafted pop songs and still mangle them with that effective style they had. But as soon as you hear one such song on this album its back to those 12 bar blues which get boring very quickly. This album suffers from the same problems which arise on Eight gigs a Week, the complete Spencer Davis Group anthology. Namely the great songs stand out from the rest that most of the other material sounds like filler. But still, its kind of nit-picking to complain about too many songs, as you can always put the ones you like onto tape or mini-disc or MP3 or whatever you kids are doing these days. And its a cheap album as well.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest We Forget! 12 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Probably remembered as a psychedelic cult band who were forgotten heroes in that genre, the Pretty Things started out as part of the British Blues N Beat boom 1963-65, and this compilation gives you chapter and verse on all that.
And what an all that! Rosalyn & Don't Bring me Down, their 1st 2 singles, stand constant repeated playing 41 years later! Not to mention songs like Road Runner,Judgement Day & co-so many groups did these in that era, but the Prettys performed one definitive version after another.
They were laughed at back then; I mean, blues from White Men? There was a lot of crap about the Dartford Delta BUT consider the concrete ugly landscape around North Kent & you'll understand why they chose to play this music.
Their intrepretation of the blues simply bought the sheer boredom of life and the repetition of dead end jobs from its' urban Chicago context to one most British Kids could identify with. Turning up the amplification & racing up the pace of the playing gave it a new meaning!
So, it's either to be viewed as a socially important stance or a good excuse to boogie. Or both! I will promise you, if you buy it, you can't help but enjoy it. Best of all, their frantic live energy, despite no live tracks being present on here, is captured in the studio-a rare achievement!!
OK then, recommended it really is-we can't turn back the hands of time, but we can grant these guys a bit of belated accolades!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellet compilation of Rythem and Blues 1 Oct 2001
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Spanning all of the Pretty things carrier from 1963 to the Present. A collection of solid R and B. No other band rocked as hard and played with conviction and considering the passage of time the cosistency of this collection is remarkable. Stand out tracks include Vivian Prince a Bo Diddly rocker and homage to the former drummer of the same name. Reccommended starting point for one of the most underratted band the UK has ever produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My youth lives still !! 19 Sep 2013
By Ironman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great group, harder and rougher than the Stones with a good sound . Varied songs, some covers and some self written, for the most part very good (only odd exception) can't all be perfect !!
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