Wonderful and massive box set that sets things straight for the Dartford boys! I understand the ill fate of the Things and why they never played in the same league as The Who or The Kinks, let alone the Beatles or Rolling Stones. Too many uncertainties, too wild for the "cute" early '60, and perhaps too many different musical styles. And that is what made this band so damn interesting. Every album is a world on its own. From the raw London street boys approach of the first 2 albums, flying through unavoidable psychedelia with S.F Sorrow and rocking it hard with the marvelous Parachute. It's hard to keep track with so many musicians coming and going, but shortly after you get the picture that the main suspects (May, Taylor, Povey, Waller and Alan) are the ones who kept The Pretty Things afloat! The box is very sturdy, heavy and with plenty to read. Great pictures, detailed story telling by Ugly Things fanzine editor Mike Stax. All eleven official albums with bonus tracks,...
Another blind plunge into a group that I knew little about. This set looked intriguing, so I bit. This is a massive box including CDs, DVDs, vinyl, a hardback book, posters and a file of documents regarding the court case surrounding the rights to this music.....
All that aside, the music is really great, with some more outstanding that others. You can follow how The Pretty Things developed along with the times. As is stated in many interviews, they were just always either a bit behind the trend, or so far out in front that they didn't get the credit they deserved.
The quality of the sound is excellent, considering some of the old albums were recorded one a small budget. The quality of the set overall is impressive, given the limited run. No corners were cut, and this is a fitting tribute to a great, relatively unknown band.
This box set is a beautiful tribute to possibly the most underrated band of the 60s and 70s. It never ceases to amaze me how a band that generated so little revenue can continue to crank out quality material 50 years after their heyday. The rarities and documentary DVD are a treat, but the mid-70s are completely lacking from the new material. The 70s are when most of us Americans became aware of the Pretty Things. That’s my only real complaint, along with some glaring revisionist history in the accompanying book.
Several 60s bands recruited members of younger bands when their careers were flagging in the 70s. Fleetwood Mac subsumed Buckingham Nicks, and the Pretty Things recruited Gordon John Edwards and Jack Green from a label-mate band called Sunshine. Both Fleetwood Mac and the Pretties willingly encouraged the songwriting and musicianship talents the new members brought. The albums “Fleetwood Mac” and “Rumours” would not exist...
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