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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult British Band's Best Album, 7 Nov 2007
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Trevor Bass (Stockport, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Silk Torpedo (Audio CD)
Although very different in sound and style to their early records of the mid '60s, this, the Pretty Things 7th lp released in 1974, is probably their best album. Whilst it was not as ground-breaking as SF Sorrow, or as lauded as Parachute, and features a more, for the time, mainstream sound, there is not a bad track on it, and Dream/Joey, Belfast Cowboys, and Singapore Silk Torpedo are absolute stand out performances.It features their usual top notch harmony singing, brilliant ensemble playing, excellent piano and guitar work, and a stunning sound and production.
If you have never heard the 'Pretties' or this album before, try to imagine a cross between classic early '70s Who and early/mid '70s Supertramp and you sort of come close(ish)!
At this time they did have a sound very much their own though, which to my mind hasn't dated one jot, so this is definitely the best place to start investigating their post psychedelic mid period work.
If you are a fan of early to mid '60s Brit R 'n' B, you should also get some of their early stuff,(the excellent double CD compilation, 'The R'n'B Years', for instance), and fans of psychedelia will love 'SF Sorrow'. Unlike 'Silk Torpedo,' it sounds rather dated to these ears now, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab album, 28 Aug 2007
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J. Preece (Newport, South Wales) - See all my reviews
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This superb album was featured on John Peel's radio show in autumn 1974, where I first heard it. It's a terrific rock record, full of great songs and driving rhythms. Rock anthems such as Bridge Of God contrast with aching ballads - Is it Only Love is a stand-out track.
Pretty Things' follow-up Savage Eye is not quite as good, but Cross Talk, which they recorded in 1980, showed they could fully absorb the lessons of punk and dish it out in the meanest slice of rock and roll ever cut on vinyl.
But for glorious technicolour rock before giganticism ruined the genre, this is as good as it gets.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most under-rated album of the 70s, 18 May 2001
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Who would have thought that a washed-up 60s band could produce an album that could so completely sum up the 1970s? Well, Plant and Page from Led Zep thought so, and signed the Pretty Things to Swan Song. Silk Torpedo is 70s rock at its best, with songs that showed off the many talents of the band; Tolson's guitar, May's vocals, Povey's harmonies, and Edwards's outrageous keyboards. Put this CD on, and drift into Joey, swoon to Is It Only Love, and rock to Come Home Mama. Then enjoy the live bonus tracks. Will rock ever be this good again?
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5.0 out of 5 stars this rocks, 10 April 2013
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If you enjoy rock music in the lines of thin lizzy nazzereth and other great 70s rock bands you will enjoy this album it realy rocks. Its a must have in your music collection. Its a gem of an album buy with confidence.
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