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Sf Sorrow [Original recording remastered]

The Pretty ThingsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)


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The Pretty Things have been a magnet for controversy since their inception. At a time when the Rolling Stones were seen as the ultimate nonconformists, the Pretty Things made them look tame by comparison. The band members' hair was longer, their lifestyles wilder, and their music louder and more extreme. Although their commercial success was limited, the Pretty Things were able not only ... Read more in Amazon's The Pretty Things Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Snapper Classics UK
  • ASIN: B00004TJWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
14. Defecting Grey
15. Mr. Evasion
16. Talkin' About The Good Times
17. Walking Through My Dreams

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My name is W.T. and I am an S.F.SORROW Addict April 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, how to explain my addiction to you, dear reader. First, i love 60s psychedelic music, tho I'm not from that era. Second, I like to dig deep, into the obscure bands. I had heard of THE PRETTY THINGS for a long time, before i finally started to explore them, first with their EMOTIONS album. (Not a good place to start.) Then, I bought the SF SORROW CD. I got it, played it, and wasnt sure i liked it. I wasnt in the "RIGHT FRAME OF MIND". Actually, this is an album that DEMANDS more attention from listeners, and also from the critics, than it receives. IT was the influence for TOMMY, according to Pete. Personally, i find all kinds of obvious reference points, between this album, and TOMMY. Both are named after the one character, both operas are Epic, and start at birth, end at death. Both rely on a mysterious evil person (BARON SATURDAY, verses ACID QUEEN) to screw up the protagonists' head. In any event, i would have loved to have heard what might have happened if this story had been stretch out over two LPs. But, for what this is, the one LP is enough. As you listen to this CD a few times, some songs just STICK inside you. BALLOON BURNING is a great one for that, espeically the psychedelic freak out guitar playing, when the Hindenberg is burning. There are some songs, after S.F.SORROW has his run in with BARON SATURDAY, who seems to have blown his mind with drugs, and forcing him into the WELL OF DESTINY. At the opera's end, with S.F.SORROW having lost the love of his life, and with his mind confused, he becomes a total hermit. In his old age, the song that just wraps this concept peice together, is the breathtakingly beautiful song TRUST. Check out these lyrics "AND THERES NO SORROW LEFT IN THE WORLD THATS LEFT TO TRUST". Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PSYCHEDELIA May 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
S.F. SORROW seems to elicit extreme responses--many either love it or love to bash it. I'm in the former category; in fact, I think it's the group's masterpiece and one of the many masterpieces from the psychedelic era. After the two 1965 albums (albums that were a bit ahead of their time, I might add), Pretty Things released EMOTIONS (1967) in the UK and started working on S.F. SORROW the same year. It's an enthralling work--yes, brilliant...there isn't a weak song to be found. The whole is cohesive, and it's filled with bracing variety.
Pretty Things keep the chord progressions fairly simple and straightforward, which works well with the group's hard-edged sound. The thoughtful and infectious melodies and harmonies, the highly tasteful and original rhythms, the band's mix of drive and finesse...all this works together most convincingly to thoroughly knock me out. Even the endings are imaginative! Horns and strings are used to give a classy psychedelic disposition to "S.F. Sorrow Is Born." An interesting, even bizarre mix of instruments embellishes "Bracelets Of Fingers." The middle instrumental breaks of that tune and "She Says Good Morning" pour on the cosmic splendor. "Private Sorrow" is a favorite of mine, with its quirky little breaks and hypnotic march rhythms. Each song is individualistic and has its own uniquely special qualities.
The Beatles and Pink Floyd influences are present, but are assimilated into the group's own sound and style. Nothing here sounds pilfered, not even the very Beatles-like "Baron Saturday." (The bending strings on the chorus are just an ecstatic gas, and that fake-out ending gets me grinning from ear to ear every time!)
I see no need at all to compare this album with anything done by The Who. I love The Who, and I love Pretty Things.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Msasterpeice February 26, 2002
By daj
Format:Audio CD
One of the great classics of the era,though unfortunatly not as well known as some other of their contemperaries,this is a definate must hear to any fan of early Pink Floyd or similar bands,as one reviewer stated above this is so completly different to their earlier R & B matriel it's almost sounds like a completly different band (eaqually great though!)
As for the sound this is the version to get,the stereo remaster is far better than either the mono remaster or the original Edsel issue,the sound jumps out at you and swirls around and is so much more revealing than earlier issues of this that it ads a whole new psychedelic level to this gem
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Treasure April 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Even though I am a greying old child o' the sixties, I was unaware of S.F. SORROW until I heard the title track on a disc released by UNCUT magazine entitled THE ROOTS OF TOMMY. I loved "S.F. Sorrow Is Born;" a beautifully melancholy song. After much internal debate, I decided to order the disc from amazon, admittedly with fingers crossed because a) another reviewer complained that it was in mono and I KNEW I wished to hear it in stereo, and b) what if it was wretched? Well, a) the disc I received IS in stereo and b) the disc is decidedly NOT wretched; it's quite good. I will admit I am still evaluating S.F. SORROW (not every track is an absolute gem) but it is a fascinating creation and certainly undeserving the snubbing it received "way back in '67."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Treatment It Deserves October 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Snapper Music released the mono version of this album quite a while before issuing the stereo mix. that could almost be called dirty business practice, for once you've heard the whole new psychedelic dimension this version offers, you won't want to go back to the mono: There's that much more to hear and revel in. It's difficult to hear this without thinking of Pink Floyd's Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, not surprising given producer Norman Smith's work on both. This really is one of the best cds I've purchased in a long time, and I highly encourage those of you who've either already bought the mono version, or are considering buying it because of its lower list price, to go the extramile and buy this one: You won't be sorry. Note: All four bonus tracks are in mono: Apparently no stereo mixes of those tracks can be found--or created. Really, the only advantage the all-mono edition has over this one is that it contains the full-length 4:30 version of "Defecting Grey," whereas this edition contains the original single. That's a small price to pay, however, in exchange for the fun you'll have putting on your stereo headphones and listening to one of the all-time innovative psychedelic masterworks the way it really deserves to be heard. Buy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars No inner sleeve is bad!
This is a decent sounding repress but to have no inner sleeve is a terrible idea. I'd recommend the Sundazed repress as a better alternative unless you just have to have the die... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE IST ROCK OPERA
these guys were always underrated here in the states,take notice it is never too late to delve into the past for the true 1st rock opera
Published 14 months ago by ken holmstrand
4.0 out of 5 stars The Very First Rock Opera!
This is one of the greats, the best! The reason I'm excited enough to include a question-mark at the end of the last sentence isn't just that I've discovered yet another English... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephen R. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Influential
I'd heard so much about this album and eventually decided to buy it. I can hear how it influenced Pete Townshend with Tommy but there are a ton of references from other artists... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donal B. Young Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the Pretties never made it
I've been a fan from day one largely because they hail from South London and I was lucky enough to be able to sneak in and watch them at the Orpington Civic Hall by the railway... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. A. Stevens
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying
I heard "SF Sorrow is Born" on satellite radio, found it catchy, and knowing what the album was, decided to order it.

I've only listened to it once. Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by B. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost psychedelic gem
It is a tragedy that this album has been lost to time. Sf Sorrow is an album that preceded both The Wall and Tommy, and yet shows the same themes of isolation and spiritual... Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by John Peter Gonnella
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW -- Stereo version
I own the original LP (vinyl) version of this album and bought it when it was originally released way back when (dating myself). The album cover is in the shape of a tombstone. Read more
Published on November 20, 2010 by Gary Nechvatal
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest 60's album ever made... seriously
S.F. Sorrow is a fantastic pop album from beginning to end. Supposedly being tagged as the first rock opera ever created (surpassing a certain famous Who album that doesn't even... Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Despite debate, it is really no matter what the first concept album is. Some say Sgt Pepper, others Tommy. For me, it is actually Sinatra's 1954 In the Wee Small Hours. Read more
Published on January 18, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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