Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Parachute-Full of New Pretty Things Releases

The Who may be the group most associated with the unwieldy Rock Opera concept, but the band that conjured up the greatest fusion of Wagnerian yarn spinning and electricity was The Pretty Things when they set S.F. Sorrow loose in 1968. Forty something years later, fans of Britain’s finest cult heroes are being treated to a glut of some very pretty new releases.

Last September, the artist-run site Burning Shed.com very quietly slipped out gorgeous deluxe editions of The Pretty’s two greatest works: Sorrow and the follow-up concept album Parachute (Psychobabble’s pick for the second greatest album of 1970). Packaged in rigid digibook packages, each album features new liner notes and artwork. S.F. Sorrow includes the DVD of The Pretty’s absolutely essential 1998 live rendition of the album from Abbey Road studios, featuring narration by Arthur Brown. The Parachute disc is distinguished by a clutch of are acoustic performances.



Here are the full specs:

S.F. Sorrow (original album with bonus tracks)
CD1
1. SF Sorrow Is Born
2. Braclets Of Fingers
3. She Says Good Morning
4. Private Sorrow (A Phase In The Life Of SF Sorrow)
5. Balloon Burning (A Phase In The Life Of SF Sorrow)
6. Death
7. Baron Saturday
8. The Journey
9. I See You
10. Well Of Destiny
11. Trust
12. Old Man Going
13. Loneliest Person

Bonus tracks.

14. Defecting Grey
15. Mr. Evasion
16. Talkin’ About The Good Times
17. Walking Through My Dreams
18. Private Sorrow (Single Version)
19. Balloon Burning (Single Version)
20. Defecting Grey (5.10 Original Acetate Recording)

Disc 2 - DVD - Live At Abbey Road
1. S.F. Sorrow Is Born
2. Bracelets Of Fingers
3. She Says Good Morning
4. Private Sorrow
5. Balloon Burning
6. Death
7. Baron Saturday
8. The Journey
9. I See You
10. Well Of Destiny
11. Trust
12. Old Man Going
13. Loneliest Person

Extras /Bonus Tracks:

14. Road Runner.
15. Route 66.
16. Meet The Band – Interviews

Parachute
CD 1
1. Scene One
2. The Good Mr Square
3. She Was Tall, She Was High
4. In The Square
5. The Letter
6. Rain
7. Miss Fay Regrets
8. Cries From The Midnight Circus
9. Grass
10. Sickle Clowns
11. She’s A Lover
12. What’s The Use
13. Parachute

CD 2 - Singles, b-sides and acoustic versions
1. Blue Serge Blues
2. October 26
3. Cold Stone
4. Stone-Hearted Mama
5. Summertime
6. Circus Mind
7. Scene One
8. In The Square / The Letter / Rain
9. Cries From The Midnight Circus
10. Grass
11. Sickle Clowns
12. She's A Lover
13. What's The Use

But that’s not all, pretty things. Reelin’ in the Years Productions is preparing further Pretty Madness with the next installment of its fine British Invasion DVD series with Pretty Things: Midnight to Six 1965-1970. The disc will include 27 performances, as well as new interviews with Phil May, Dick Taylor, Wally Waller, John Stax, Skip Alan, and John Povey. No word yet on the release date, but the film recently screened in Carlsbad, California. Stay tuned…

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