Customer Reviews


7 Reviews
5 star:
 (6)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value album from underestimated band, 21 Sep 2010
By 
Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
(TOP 100 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
The unlukiest band ever? Pete Townsend gets credited with "inventing" the rock opera with Tommy (an album I love by the way) when this lot got there first with SF Sorrow (with many similar themes). This album is more wistful and "English" and as other reviewers have pointed out has Beatles influences all over it. But there are other forces at work here. Early Pink Floyd, Procul Harem and indeed the Who all permeate this album but the real plus point is that all these influences are mingled into a coherent and imaginative whole, mainly through the lyrical content which is very "of its time" but strangely not dated in any way. Yes it sounds as though it is a late 60s early seventies album, but that is exactly what it is (obviously!), an album of its time which has stood the test of time and would tickle the fancy of fans of the likes of the Flaming lips.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album, 10 Dec 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
Although i've been listening to many types of music since the mid 60's i never really new much about the pretty things apart from a couple of tracks from sampler albums and must say what a brilliant cd this is.there are likenesses to the beatles & stones although after listening every day for fortnight i never tire of listening especially in the car, stand out tracks are; well there are too many to mention just buy for yourself you won't be dissapointed.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cries from the Midnight Circus, 24 Sep 2010
By 
Fletch-a-sketch "Fletch" (Wiltshire, UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
40 years on and the Pretty Things are still grossly underrated and hardly well known especially in the UK.
Why should they be well known because they made one of the first concept albums `SF Sorrow' also available on Amazon? In Dick Taylor they contained an Ex rolling stone, in `Parachute' they had the only Rolling Stone Magazine Album of the year not to sell a Million copies, their next few albums (`Freeway Madness', `Silk Torpedo' and `Savage Eye') were original on Led Zeppelins Swan song label. In Phil May they have one of rock music great blues voices, and no matter what the line up was they were always very good musicians, step forward Wally Waller Peter Tolson, Jon Povey, Skip Allen and many more over the years.

To this album 40 years old and their first and Last on the Harvest records label. The music is blues based rock with plesent MOR twist possibly pushing progressive, but always blues based rock.
The album opens with `Scene One' a place setter for the first great song the `Good Mr Square', later in te album we have the wham bang crash trilogy of In the square/The Letter/Rain which highlights the other great thing about the Pretty things at this time the Vocal harmonies at times beach Boys like. On wards we go past `Cries from the Midnight Circus' , `Grass' More harmonies on `She's a Lover' finishing in great style with `What's the Use' and `Parachute'. As good a 40 minutes of music as you could expect from any band.
The 40th Anniversary digi-pack brings a second disc of music, the first 6 being commonly available and contemporary Singles and B-side's to singles at the time of the albums release. Then on to the best bit acoustic versions of seven songs from the album, stripped back these sound just as good as the album versions and again highlight the great harmonies this band can do.
A great end to the 60s indeed and a great re-issue please buy this album, if you like great music and a hard luck story, maybe one day the Pretty Things will be recognised as one of England's finest bands.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 40th anniversary edition: 5 star album, flawed packaging, 25 May 2013
By 
J. R. P. Wigman "Hans Wigman" (Netherlands) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
This classic album is certainly worth 5 stars - one of my favourite rock albums which I've had for many years in both lp and cd shape. I decided to buy this 40th anniversary edition attracted by the promise of remastered sound and the additional tracks, which (except for the acoustic re-recordings) I knew from an old compilation lp "Pretty Things 1967-1971". I've always liked those tracks. The acoustic re-recordings are really nice but I'm not bowled over - I'll stick to the original album.

In terms of sound this edition seems indeed a bit more clear compared to the older releases. Being quite dark in terms of content "Parachute" benefits from a bit of murkiness, but the clearer sound does not undermine its impact. My gripe with this edition concerns the packaging. Clearly it's designed to look classy, with a good 'Story of the Pretty Things' in the stapled-in booklet and a good many photographs, but there's a shocking lack of 'technical' information - no info on the musicians (apart from what you can gather from the story), no recording info and, perhaps even worse, no info whatsoever about the so-called 'acoustic re-recordings'. Whoever put this package together must have thought that everybody buying this was not going to be a first time buyer - it's a shame, really. I'm one of those that prefer content to sleek appearance, and I'm quite sure I'm not the only one. Snapper Music should really see to this.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best band ever., 4 Oct 2011
By 
This review is from: The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
this is one of the best albums ever made.my fave band of all time.shame the prettys dont get airplay they should have had chart time for all there music.this was rolling stones record of the year and didnt make a million.shame because its great music and i dont think its dated.its well packaged and the extra cd is very good too.the acoustic set is brill.well worth a listen .
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parachute 40th Anniversary 2 CD, 14 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
I have the original CD of this. This new 40th anniversary set has superior sound and comes across a lot more powerful, this mix has a more dynamic feel with more punch. Parachute is a very underrated rock classic that should be heard
The bonus tracks are good but the acoustic re-makes are average.
The packaging is fantastic with decent quality paper, font that you can read and a decent cardboard booklet cover.
Parachute is a great concept album from a band that deserved a lot more respect. I highly recommend this set.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the pretty things Parachute, 1 Dec 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
I'm not normally a pretty things person,I enjoyed it I'm now waiting for their new one .Which is in the making as we speak.I like to support local bands,and of course Dick Taylor from Ventnor Isle of Wight is now local., and works hard to support up and coming musicians with his workshop , as well as supporting local charities.Being part of the workshop I have started playing and singing ,strange to me, bands, like Van Morrison, Bee Gees , Michael Buble and participated, in Open Mike Nights and ,a Gaffers Festival,which we've been asked back in 2011. Age you may ask. 68 nearly 69 and loving it.70 nearly 71 still singing,couple of days to go . Saw them in Wight Rock Bar RYDE the other week . They were Brilliant, now becoming a very busy band . Play in Southsea Cellar Bar shortly.Ps asked back to the Gaffer's again 2013.Enjoy your music .onslow hugs
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition
The Pretty Things Parachute - 40th Anniversary Edition by The Pretty Things (Audio CD - 2010)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews