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Editors’ Notes

This is the sound of a band in the midst of a sea change. By 1967, The Pretty Things had a different lineup and were trying to evolve from their early records' untamed beat music. Their third album, Emotions, shows music that hadn't yet solidified into the inventive and conceptual psychedelia of their following masterwork, SF Sorrow. Yet it balanced The Pretty Things' need to hold onto their bluesy roots (“Photographer”) and their urge to experiment with overdone string orchestrations (“The Sun”) and out-of-place horn arrangements (“Bright Lights of the City”). “One Long Glance” played with the endearingly cheesy go-go fuzz-leads of their pseudonymous Electric Banana recordings. But Emotions isn't without its gems. “House of Ten” is a beautifully recorded piece of pre-psychedelic baroque pop on par with The Left Banke and what Arthur Lee was simultaneously doing in Los Angeles with his band Love. “Out in the Night” rocks with a stylish evolution of the mod sound that was similarly explored by The Small Faces on their acclaimed album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.


Formed: 1963 in Kent, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Pretty Things were the also-rans of the British Invasion, a band that never got its due. Despite this lack of recognition, they were never quite ignored, cultivating a passionate cult that stuck with them through the decades -- a cult that was drawn to either their vicious early records, where they sometimes seemed like a meaner version of the Rolling Stones, or to their 1968 psychedelic masterwork S.F. Sorrow. Some of their fans advocate for the entirety of their catalog, noting how the group...
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