In 1969, following the release of their classic thematic lp, SF Sorrow, and just before the release of the classic lp Parachut, The Pretty Things received an offer they couldn't refuse from French playboy/Pretty Things superfan, Philippe DeBarge. DeBarge asked the classic lineup, fronted by Phil May to write original songs on which DeBarge himself would sing lead vocals with the Pretty Things supplying backing vocals and all instrumentation. Thus, vocalist Phil May and bassist Wally Waller supplied said DeBarge with twelve original compositions on which lead guitarist Jon Povey, under the pseudonym Victor Unitt, bass being handled by the above mentioned Mr. Waller, keyboards by Jon Povey and drums by the ever present Twink. The material was recorded as planned circa September 1969 at Nova Studios in London, but never released. For forty years the tracks filled with acoustic, fuzz, and backward guitars, as well as harpsichords and mellotrons as well as gorgeous harmony vocals by...
This is The Pretty Things with a french millionaire on vocals (with Phil May backing, of course) and finally we are having this wonderful record in official release. I have listened this record before with poor sound quality, but this is cleaned up from old acetate and just sounds great. And songs? Believe me, five stars. Pretties couldn't do no wrong and I have always amazed how on earth the big success didn't came for these guys. One of the best groups during their first active years 1965-1975. Thanks for this release, Ugly Things :)
Don't read this review -- all I have to say is to parrot the above review by Kevin D. Rathert. I had not known of this album until I was reading the collected reviews of Mr. Rathert, and his enthusiasm for this album was so contagious that I immediately ordered it.
The only thing you need to know is that if you admire the album Parachute by the Pretty Things, you won't be disappointed with this album.
The only caution that I can offer is that the sound is not great. We're now spoiled by digital recording, and the lack of deep bass or clear highs on this album is somewhat of a disappointment. But if you listen to any of those awful Pink Floyd bootlegs, this album was at least recorded in a studio, so it's tolerable -- about the same quality as the sound on their...
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