5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2013
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.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2010
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2011
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 .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2013
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.
on 16 April 2015
An absolutely excellent landmark album from another group that did not get the full acknowledgement it deserved in it's day. I have the original album from it's release and now I listen to the CD on my PC.
To music aficionado's that missed the boat in the 1970 and any new music fans of today just sit back and listen to the depth of their music that made a real mark in rock music.
Many thanks to The Pretty Things.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2010
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