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!!