Psychedelic Years

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Psychedelic Years

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After a few years of outdoing the Rolling Stones at their own game, Messrs. May and Co., clearly affected by their love of swinging London nightlife and all that went with it, injected their primal R&B roots with added spice (as Mike Stax, quot;numero uno Los Pretty Things fan,quot; points out in his excellent liner notes). quot;Can't Stand the Painquot; (from the 1965 Get the Picture album) has quot;a remarkably effective mood with a sense of a dreamy disembodiment that foreshadows what was yet to come with the arrival of psychedelia.quot; By April 1966, B-side quot;LSD,quot; yet another controversial shot in The Pretty Things' canon, helped pioneer the quot;freakbeatquot; sound, whilst the media's attacks on the Pretties slack, druggy values were foremost to the changing times - in fact, the record was a play on words about the English economy and not a celebration of the merits of LSD usage. However, the band was clearly well-aware of LSD and it's effects, and over the coming months further musical explorations that were to steer the band away from their earlier tough R&B sound were to occur. After the rather well-thought inclusion of these two late 1965 and early 1966 tracks, the rest of this double CD focuses on output that was recorded across the 1967 to 1970 psychedelic era. Cuts from the much maligned Emotions album, released in May 1967, take on a new edge when singled out from the album's far from psychedelic brassy pop numbers. The visceral quot;There Will Never Be Another Dayquot; chronicles an LSD trip, whilst quot;The Sunquot; and quot;Growing in My Mindquot; show a far more introspective side well suited to the floral times. A primer for this set is an earlier take of quot;Children,quot; which crackles with raga guitar in an altogether less commercial manner than the album version. Although somewhat of an albatross around the band's neck, when intermingled with their psychedelically charged later material, the chosen cuts from Emotions certainly indicate the direction they were intending to take. The pre-S.F. Sorrow November 1967 single quot;Defecting Greyquot; was the pinnacle of not only The Pretty Things' experimentation with psychedelia, but one of the finest examples of British psychedelia. A cacophony of fuzz guitar, trippy lyrics, fairground organ, and sitar, with numerous twists and turns in tempo, mood, and thematic. Like an acid trip, quot;Defecting Greyquot; was a rollercoaster of a ride that was fun, disturbing, and overall invigorating. At last the band had conquered psychedelia. Although they would never match it's lysergic quality again, the Pretties were now a bona fide quot;underground freak band.quot; After a following single (quot;Talkin' About the Good Timesquot;/quot;Walking Through My Dreamsquot;) that utilized the heady sounds of the Mellotron, the psychedelic instrument that was second only to the sitar, the band soon unleashed the song cycle that they had been working on over the past months. S.F. Sorrow displayed the darker, more theatric side of psychedelia. Based on a short story written by Phil May, the album shifts moods and textures, making great usage of Norman Smith's production techniques at the Abbey Road studios. On this set, the selected album cuts are taken out of their original context, but as Stax notes, work superbly as songs on there own accord. (Also included on this CD are three tracks that were recorded for the September 1998 internet webcast of S.F. Sorrow. These are proof that the band still has it, even 30 years on.) And as if a cohesive compilation of the band's psychedelic era wasn'

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Pretty Things - Psychedelic Years (CD NEW)Label: Recall (Uk)Format: CDRelease Date: 21 May 2002No. of Discs: 2UPC: 636551434423Album Tracks1. Scene One2. She Says Good Morning [Live '69]3. Talkin' About the Good Times4. L.S.D.5. Old Man Going6. My Time7. SF Sorrow Is Born8. Trust9. October 2610. The
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