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  1. Balboa Island
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  2. Balboa Island

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    Price R452.00

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"One of the greatest R&B bands of all time--real wild!" -- Van Morrison "The Pretty Things always made the Stones look tame, and the time has definitely come for their renaissance." -- Dave Gilmour, Pink Floyd "The Pretties were great on stage--always far more rebellious than The Stones. You could like The Stones, but if you were a real rebel, it was always The Pretties." -- Gary Brooker, Procol Harum

Balboa Island is legendary British rock group The Pretty Things' long-awaited eleventh studio album in a forty-three-year recording career! Their first CD release in over eight years, many already regard it as on par with the band's very greatest '60s and '70s recordings. From the stadium-sized rock of "All Light Up" to the raw acoustic guitar blues of "Feel Like Going Home" and the Beatles/Abbey Road style of "Dearly Beloved," The Pretty Things have crafted a dark album--brooding, powerful, mysterious, and edgy. These thirteen new songs--mostly originals, but also including an acoustic cover of early Bob Dylan song "The Ballad of Hollis Brown"--have a rawness, intensity, depth, and passion unmatched by any of the band's contemporaries: the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, or The Who. None of the class of '64 has enough gas left in the tank to make an album like this! Founded in 1964 by lead vocalist Phil May and lead guitarist Dick Taylor--who was the Rolling Stones' original bass guitarist prior to starting The Pretty Things--the band has always followed its own fiercely independent path. Although the huge international breakthrough of the Rolling Stones or The Who has eluded the group, the members' uncompromising musical integrity has given them a cult following around the world.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Too bad the Pretties already used "EMOTIONS" as an album title,as it perfectly describes the music contained on this,their 11th disc.They are a band that has,figuritively,been to hell and back in a 44 year career of (mostly)downs-some ups.It's all revealed here in these 13(oh no) tracks-brutal tales of: experiencing firsthand the madness of the British invasion,circa 1964-65(The Beat Goes on),the tortured psyche of gonzo Phil May(Livin' in My Skin),almost being arrested for promoting the use of cannabis in song(at the tender age of 55!)(All Light Up)and finally(we hope)nearly being killed in a horrible car crash just a few years ago(Balboa Island).If you can get through the entire record without having yourself committed,there are a wealth of wonderful songs contained here.It opens with not one,two,but three rockers the quality of which hadn't been heard(to these ears)since 1980's CROSSTALK.But what makes this a pure masterpiece is the abrupt change of tone,and sentiment,on track... Read more
I too have followed the Pretty Things since their first release. The one thing consistent about this band was their inconsistency in musical paths. That's what made them , and still makes them , so darned interesting. The first couple albums sounded nothing like the middle few . S.F. Sorrow was unlike anything at the time , Pretty Things or no Pretty Things. And their sparse but great late career discs sound refreshingly new. I enjoyed this album alot. It finds it's way into the changer monthly , and that is more than I can say for a bunch of discs taking up shelf space. If you're a true Pretty Things fan , you too will enjoy this simply for the fact that it DOESN'T sound like a Pretty Things disc. But then again , what does ?
After reading some of the reviews around here I like an idiot stalled getting it. Then I read the feature about it in The New Ugly Things magazine and how they knew they had a Classic in the making. I then had to get it immediately. Were one of my top 5 greatest bands of all time getting senile or something. The New York Dolls had alrady proved themselves with a fantastic comeback album(who woulda thought??)But after reading the article of the making of this they seemed just as cool and knowledgable as these genious's always were. When I heard the first few notes of The Beat Goes On I could tell I just got my money's worth. WOW,what a knockout punch that and "Livin in my Skin" certainly are. Now I'm launched into Pretty Things Land and who cares anymore. Yes,do not believe every review you read. It could be any psycho intent on spoiling your day. But do believe mine!
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