17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great in places, just too much simple R & B covers,
This review is from: The Rhythm & Blues Years (Audio CD)
I feel really bad giving this only 4 stars because I think that this band, and particularly this period in the bands' history are some of the most important music ever. My own tastes lie firmly within the "freakbeat" genre and notably the edgy pop perfected by such bands as the Small Faces, Creation and Sorrows. Before any of these guys arrived on the scene the Pretty things were taking R&B numbers and attacking them with such ferocity that they rarely looked like the originals. The music they made (and anyone who likes this should check out 'Them' with Van Morrison)had little impact on the charts, but certainly played an integral part in the development of the freakbeat scene. These songs have more aggression than any Rolling Stones record of this period and the production values are just so poor here that the records benefit from this (compare this to the over-produced Merseybeat or them Stones records). When the band actually do their own stuff they show that they can write well crafted pop songs and still mangle them with that effective style they had. But as soon as you hear one such song on this album its back to those 12 bar blues which get boring very quickly. This album suffers from the same problems which arise on Eight gigs a Week, the complete Spencer Davis Group anthology. Namely the great songs stand out from the rest that most of the other material sounds like filler. But still, its kind of nit-picking to complain about too many songs, as you can always put the ones you like onto tape or mini-disc or MP3 or whatever you kids are doing these days. And its a cheap album as well.