- Vinyl (23 July 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B000050815
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Limited edition 12-track vinyl LP, the Pretties' 2nd longplayer originally released in 1965, a superb mixture of cutting edge R & B, folk-rock and blues, featuring the stand-out tracks 'Buzz The Jerk', 'Can't Stand The Pain' and 'You'll Never Do It Baby', presented in sealed gatefold sleeve with superb liner notes from Mike Stax
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Their second album, Get The Picture?, came out only a few months after their self-titled debut, and showed a laudable unwillingness to compromise, though it also showed they had not stood still musically in the intervening months of grueling round-world touring (they seemed to have left the drummer behind in New Zealand) as there was now a light and shade to the group sound and signs of experimentation. It also featured more of their own material, which included not only ravers like Buzz The Jerk, but also lighter folk-influenced songs like London Town and the excellent Can't Stand The Pain, on which Dick Taylor's guitar stands out. The covers include a great rough and ready rendition of Slim Harpo's Rainin' In My Heart, Ray Charles' version of I Had A Dream and the Cops 'n' Robbers' own But You'll Never Do It Babe. Their hit version of Cry To Me, written by Bert Berns for Betty Harris but best known at the time in Solomon Burke's cover is also featured.Read more ›
The Pretty Things had already established themselves at Fontana for being totally uncontrollable and mercilessly unapproachable in the recording studio, The Pretties therefore found themselves having the freedom to sound pretty much as they saw fit, a luxury that many of their peers at the time could only dream of.
The Pretty Things' self-titled debut in 1965 was an extremely raw outing, the musical equivalent of carpet-bombing. With Get The Picture? we begin to see a real development of the band towards control and using their arsenal for to-the-bone R&B in a more humane way, if such a thing could ever exist.
The album begins with the soft and gentle-ish You Don't Believe Me, which is actually quite timid for this band but with the snarling vocals of Phil May, its unquestionably a Pretty Things attempt to try and at least be tender, but by Track Two the true nature of the beast is unveiled with Buzz The Jerk with its dirty bass riff, the filthy guitar of Taylor and almost sinister vocals, proper!
The title track then follows in a similar vein, and should set you up nicely for what else is contained within the vast majority of this album. We'll Play House, Rainin' In My Heart and LSD (That's right, in 1965) all have that hard edged aggresive approach not matched by many British bands at the time.Read more ›
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Having fond memories of seeing The Pretties at Leeds Silver Blades ice-rink waaaaaaaaaay back - and getting the ep for Xmas I saw this and couldn't resist it. Read morePublished on 5 May 2011 by Amazon Customer