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S.F.Sorrow

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: Snapper Music 1998
  • ASIN: B00000BIBQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By David Sandilands VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Highly recommended. Make sure you buy the STEREO LIMITED EDITION GOLD CD VERSION (Snapper SDPCD 109)released 2000, not the mono one released 1998 on Original Masters.It's only a pound more and well worth it. It's been a personal favourite since I bought the original vinyl in 1968 and played it constantly, alongside Sgt.Pepper, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Axis Bold as Love and Music in a Dolls House(Family). It's been excellently remastered from the original tapes, sounding as fresh and dynamic as it did way back then.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Milestone! 17 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Pretty Things' 1968 album "S.F. Sorrow" did not cause much attention when it was originally released.

The band had already shown, with their previous album "Emotions", that they wanted to explore new grounds, and that they felt that the r&b concept was too limited for them.

"Emotions" showed that the band possesed excellent songwriters in Wally Allen, Phil May and Dick Taylor. Unfortunately the production of that album was not too successful; at least at the time it was considered as some kind of a "disaster".

This is not the case with the follow-up album "S.F. Sorrow". The sound is great and Norman Smith's production captured the new psychedelic sounds and trends of the late 1960's perfectly.

"S.F. Sorrow" is a concept album, which tells the sad story of the life of S.F. Sorrow. The idea of doing rock concept album was very new at this time. And Pretty Things were among the very first to come up with a rock album; but in my opinion this is not what makes "S.F. Sorrow" a classic album. The album's strength is clearly the music; though the story is quite interesting too.

The catchy "S.F. Sorrow", driven by great acoustic guitars, gives the album the perfect start. The song almost has hit-record potentials.

The musically more complex "Bracelets" follows. It's a song in the same vein as their great "progressive" 1967 single "Defecting Grey". The song did not make it to the charts, but I remember that it got some airplay here in Denmark in 1967-68. The song is featured here as a bonus-track.

"She Says Good Morning" indicates that the Pretty Things were also inspired by the Beatles' "Revolver" album.

"Private Sorrow" is another great track - the flute and the acoustic guitars almost sounding like Jethro Tull.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost psychedelic classic from 1968... 7 Feb 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'SF Sorrow', as many have noted is one of the great lost-albums of the era - it deserves to be ranked alongside such albums as 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' & 'Sgt Pepper'- & belongs to a wider range of psychedelic-classics such as 'Odessey & Oracle' (The Zombies),'Surrealistic Pillow' (Jefferson Airplane)& 'Younger Than Yesterday' (The Byrds). It's also one of the first concept-albums - without it, I'm not sure if any of the following would exist: 'Tommy', 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway', 'The Dark Side of the Moon', 'Diamond Dogs', 'The Wall' etc (this may or may not be a good thing for some...).
'SF Sorrow' seems to completely define that British-take on psychedelia - producer Norman Smith ('Arnold Layne', 'See Emily Play') perfectly captures these perfect songs as The Pretty Things psych'd-out!!! The original-thirteen tracks are remastered & blend together wonderfully; while the four-bonus tracks include the bizarre see-sawing-schizo-epic 'Defecting Grey' (drifting from raga to psych to full-on lo-fi punk & off into sinister drones that the Floyd would borrow heavily from) & 'Talkin' About the Good Times'- which sounds like a mellowier-Who...
The album itself is perfect, every track a killer- I wonder why it hasn't been sampled to death by some pioneering electronicartist? It sounds even better than the post-modern sixties stylings of The Dukes of Stratosphear & The Wondermints- possibly as it was the real thing (...just sadly overlooked at the time). 'Baron Saturday' is probably my favourite- having loops that remind me of M83 & DJ Shadow, a percussive-middle that reminds me of Can's 'Halleluwah' & a Lennonesque-vocal that cuts across the Sydesque one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Classic 21 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have never understood why this album had so little impact. Its been quoted as Pete Townshend's influence for Tommy etc etc but still gets ignored. Its not a typical Pretty Things album. It was sandwiched between their mid-sixties R&B and the much harder feel of 1968's "Parachute", yet its strongest element is the melodies that light up every song. There's not a weak track on it, its superbly played and sung, and it manages to tell a story without feeling awkward. Many groups have made a fortune out of crud. The Prettys produced a diamond and still haven't made it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great, great album! 27 July 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I'm amazed that it didn't sell hugely when it was released in 1967 (I suppose there was a lot of great music about then). There are very few albums I have encountered which use such a range of styles and can generate such a broad sweep of atmospheres and emotions. If you like late 60s British psycedelic rock there is nothing, as far as I'm concerned, with as much combined talent, whimsy, and where necessary, punch. I think it surpasses Tommy (its nearest rock opera rival in age and quallity)and should be regarded as one of the greatest albums of that decade. If you like Sgt. Pepper's, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn, or any of the other epoch making records of the time this is an essential buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sf borrow
I bought the lp to impress a dwarf and a pair of Siamese trapeze artistes and a strongman and a sword swallower I was tiring to hook up with a couple of seasons ago out by the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Richard Shillam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record. An absolute must hear.
Great record. An absolute must hear! Widely seen as one of the first concept albums, this is a true masterpiece and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Sgt Pepper
Published 4 months ago by Mr C J Hempstead
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic from my youth
A great album, but to my surprise i found i enjoyed the DVD even more than the original recording. Arthur Brown does a great job as the story teller and David Gilmour adds some... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Coast guard
5.0 out of 5 stars 60s classic
The Pretty Things were one of many R&B bands operating in the mid-60s. Their reputation was that of a band even scruffier than the Stones! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Archy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but I'm not convinced it's a classic...
The Pretty Things' "S.F. Sorrow" didn't exactly set the world on fire when it was released and, like a few albums from that era, was only recognised by the world as an important... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful vinyl lp
I remember this lp from the sixties. Still sounds beutiful. One of the best records of its time. Veru good buy.
Published 10 months ago by Matti Juhani Koskinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy.
Bought as a present for a friend, he loved it.Price was great and overall very good value. Couldnt find it anywhere else.
Published 11 months ago by Ms. Donna E. Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychodelic perfection
A beautiful album that is perfect and one of or even the first concept album. I recommend every one should have it in their collection
Published 12 months ago by frank a layton
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not as good as I thought it would be from the reviews, sound a bit tinny and monotonous and songs boring
Published 13 months ago by Kaye Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars In my humble opinion, the greatest ever...
...a bold statement to make when you consider the great albums i've reviewed in the past, the great ones I know about but have yet to explore, and the ones which lie ahead in the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr Ogden
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