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S.F. Sorrow

    Marking 50 years since the world’s first rock opera, ‘S.F. Sorrow’, is one of the great classics of the Psychedelic era. The album stands favourable comparison with ‘Sgt Pepper’ and ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ as one of the defining records of the time. This mid-price CD edition of ‘S.F. Sorrow’ is presented in a digipack packaging complete with 16-page booklet. “a psychedelic masterpiece” The Guardian

    Originally recorded at Abbey Road in 1967 and 1968 it was one of the first true concept albums, pre-dating ‘Tommy’ by a full year. The Pretty Things created some of the most exciting and innovative records of the late sixties and early seventies. Winners of the Hero award at the 2009 Mojo Honours, the band have been name checked over the years by an array of artists ranging from The Clash, David Bowie and Aerosmith through to The Libertines and Kasabian.

    The Pretty Things

    Greatest Hits

      The essential early British R&B sound from the band that stubbornly refused to lie down to popular demand; The Pretty Things religiously stuck to their guns by making great, exciting, challenging and often violently aggressive records that just weren’t quite acceptable enough to slot into the breathlessly presented but carefully airbrushed new youth-culture media.

      Includes the instantly recognisable “Rosalyn”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Cry To Me” and many other brilliant evidences of a musicianship at the forefront of an evolving rock music scene through the 60s, 70s and 80s. The band’s songwriting prowess is best highlighted when, after their brief fling with minor R&B hits alongside such bands as The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Yardbirds and Manfred Mann, they hit the ground running with music that fuelled the “Swinging Sixties” and Mod Culture in the late 60s. The shift to Psychedelic Rock saw The Pretty Things ensconced in Abbey Road studios, alongside The Beatles and The Pink Floyd, to record the world’s first rock opera - “S.F. Sorrow” spearheading the London psychedelic revolution alongside a new completely breed of acts, like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Jimi Hendrix and the aforementioned Pink Floyd.

      So, although this “Greatest Hits” album has few charted songs, it is a truly meaningful historical document of the greatest band with the fewest hits, but with the best music. This version of The Pretty Things’ Greatest Hits will be released as a CD in jewel case packaging, complete with an 8-page booklet containing individual track commentary from band members Dick Taylor and Phil May, plus liner notes from long-time manager Mark St. John. The final track “Mr. Tambourine Man” was originally offered to The Pretty Things, who turned it down before The Byrd’s infamous version was recorded; now the band have finally recorded their own take in 2016 keeping true to their style of the time.

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        'Sploosh!' was the only single released by the Ozric Tentacles in their 30 year career to date. This Record Store Day exclusive reproduces the single in 12" format with original artwork.

        The Pretty Things

        SF Sorrow - Tombstone Sleeve Edition

          SF Sorrow is one of the great classics of the psychedelic era. The album stands favourable comparison with Sgt Pepper… and Piper At The Gates Of Dawn as one of the defining records of the time. Originally recorded at Abbey Road in 1967 and 1968 it was the first and the most complete rock-opera to be recorded and released, pre-dating Tommy by a full year.

          This vinyl edition of the album has been newly re-mastered from the original analogue tapes. It is pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and packaged in a die-cut 'tombstone' sleeve, mirroring the original US LP design.

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