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Old 11.02.2011, 01:17 AM   #1
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S.F. Sorrow and Parachute by the Pretty Things are the greatest albums Iīve heard last three years. I have read those albums are great already in the eighties, but never saw them any record shops until I found Sorrow re-release cd in the library and also Parachute vinyl re-release in the shop few years ago.

I think S.F Sorrow really is the most underrated album of the world. Made by same time, same studio, also with same producer/engineer as in Beatles sgt. Pepper and Pink Floyd piper at the gates (well there is no mention about Norman Smith in Sgt. Pepper album cover, but Iīve heard George Martin used his talents a lot in that record). And the music in S.F. Sorrow is as great as those others! The reasons why it isnīt as succesfull is that record company didnīt promote it almost at all. The recording budget was also so low that vocalist May drew the covers and guitarist Taylor take the pictures from album. And there were accusations from critics that it was a copy from the Who Tommy even it was released before Tommy. Afterwards It has said Townshead listened Sorrow very carefully before writing Tommy. Anyway there is not very much similarities in those albums. Thereīs the main characters, S.F. Sorrow and Tommy, both a "little" peculiar persons. There is also mirror in both, but there is only one scene where S.F. watches the mirror and Tommy does it all the time when he is blind/deaf/dumb. And the music is very different. You can heat Beatles influences in those both great albums, but is there a band in the sixties that donīt have them? And Those albums are really original, Sorrow isnīt really Sgt. peppers-copy. There is also some noise elements, so I think many SY-fans will like this record. Critics liked Parachute, but it wasnīt also record seller.

Hereīs some pearls from the S.f Sorrow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVjot4KIBuY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg5t7T5_rR8

Hereīs one of the greatest single b-sides at the same time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN5qsjXMJFg

And hereīs some songs from the Parachute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE11sGJ9cVo

I havenīt heard much the Things before rhythm`n Blues stuff and after heavy-stuff, is here someone bigger fan than I? I am interested also those Rhythm`n`Blues records, I am also going to listen someday Emotions that is made before S.F. It has said both musical and commercial flop.
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Old 11.02.2011, 01:45 AM   #2
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SF Sorrow is one of my favorite albums.

the early stuff is kind of so-so. just typical 60s rhythm and blues/rock and roll.

emotions is worth hearing though. its not as full blown as sf sorrow but its still pretty good.

the band also put out releases as "electric banana" which is just zany psychedelia stuff. if you are really into this band look for it but its really not all that good. pretty generic 60s stuff. wikipedia explains it better than I do:

Electric Banana was a pseudonymous 1967 album of the band. The band recorded this album and two subsequent ones for the De Wolfe Music Library. De Wolfe provided stock music for film soundtracks. The Electric Banana music wound up on various horror and soft-porn films of the late 1960s, such as What's Good for the Goose (1969). When the album was released, the stage name The Electric Banana was used to hide the band's identity

but ya... sf sorrow is great. great production and a lot of layers.
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Old 11.02.2011, 04:41 AM   #3
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SF Sorrow is one of my favorite albums.

the early stuff is kind of so-so. just typical 60s rhythm and blues/rock and roll.

emotions is worth hearing though. its not as full blown as sf sorrow but its still pretty good.

the band also put out releases as "electric banana" which is just zany psychedelia stuff. if you are really into this band look for it but its really not all that good. pretty generic 60s stuff. wikipedia explains it better than I do:

Electric Banana was a pseudonymous 1967 album of the band. The band recorded this album and two subsequent ones for the De Wolfe Music Library. De Wolfe provided stock music for film soundtracks. The Electric Banana music wound up on various horror and soft-porn films of the late 1960s, such as What's Good for the Goose (1969). When the album was released, the stage name The Electric Banana was used to hide the band's identity

but ya... sf sorrow is great. great production and a lot of layers.

Thanx for info! How about that after-Parachute-stuff? Electric banana sounds a little bit kind of "minor point" to me, but cause Iīm very curious, I maybe check it out someday. I think that Rīn`b-stuff I`ve heard is quite good, maybe there is a little more "grease" as for example Stones stuff in that era.
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Old 11.02.2011, 04:43 AM   #4
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Ah finally a TPT thread

One of my favourite bands of all time. Parachute is an awesome album and S.F. Sorrow is fuckin legendary!

My favourite one is actually their BBC sessions double CD, the later songs on it. (some freeway madness stuff etc..)

Also, I love Silk Torpedo..some disturbingly good songs on there!:O
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Old 11.02.2011, 04:44 AM   #5
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Ah finally a TPT thread

One of my favourite bands of all time. Parachute is an awesome album and S.F. Sorrow is fuckin legendary!

My favourite one is actually their BBC sessions double CD, the later songs on it. (some freeway madness stuff etc..)

Also, I love Silk Torpedo..some disturbingly good songs on there!:O
Ok, I`ll check also Silk Torpedo.
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Old 11.02.2011, 04:10 PM   #6
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Thanx for info! How about that after-Parachute-stuff? Electric banana sounds a little bit kind of "minor point" to me, but cause Iīm very curious, I maybe check it out someday. I think that Rīn`b-stuff I`ve heard is quite good, maybe there is a little more "grease" as for example Stones stuff in that era.

Never heard anything that came after Parachute. but yeah the electric banana is really a minor point. its really not worth it unless you are really into 60s psychedelic nonsense
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