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Silk Torpedo [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

The Pretty ThingsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 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 (August 25, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Snapper Classics UK
  • ASIN: B000009Q3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dream/Joey
2. Maybe You Tried
3. Atlanta
4. L.A.N.T.A.
5. Is It Only Love
6. Come Home Momma
7. Bridge Of God
8. Singapore Silk Torpedo
9. Belfast Cowboys
10. Singapore Silk Torpedo (Live)
11. Dream/Joey (Live)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last of the great glam rockers June 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Pretty Things album I bought back in early 1975. I was impressed with the vocals, lead guitar, and keyboards. As always, the drumming was great. The Pretties always had great drummers (Vivian Prince who almost joined the Kinks and spent 3 weeks in the Who filling in for a sick Keith Moon; Mitch Mitchell who briefly replaced Prince and ended up with Jimi Hendrix; Skip Alan who plays on this album and all but two of the others-the first and SF Sorrow; and John'Twink'Alder formerly with Tomorrow and then with Pink Fairies)who could play everything from surf music to jazz. The bass playing was weak on Silk Torpedo given that it was overdubbed by lead guitarist Peter Tolson or guitarist/keyboardist Gordon Edwards. Newcomer Jack Green would later learn to play bass. "The Dream/Joey" medley is great with excellent piano/organ interplay. "Maybe You Tried" has a catchy groove with a subtle guitar hook. "Atlanta/LANTA" medley is the weakest part of the LP. However, the coda has the strongest bass playing. "Is It Only Love" demonstrates the softer side of the Pretties with strings and horns. This song is somewhat in the vein of "Over the Moon" from Freeway Madness, but not as good. "Come Home Momma" starts out with an excellent boogie piano and some great rock and roll guitar. It is in the same vein as the Faces "Stay With Me", but better. "Bridge of God" is Procol Harum meets Queen with the piano/organ interplay mixed with glam rock guitar and vocal harmonies. "Singapore Silk Torpedo" shows their comparisons to the Who with power chords, etc. It starts with a piano riff that would make Elton John proud and then has a crash and thunder guitar riff. It's about a sailor on leave in Singapore. A happier song than "Cries from the Midnight Circus" from Parachute. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one great band ! February 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pretty Things was the second band signed by Led Zepplin's label, after Bad Company. They never achieved the commercial success they deserved. The Swansong label had signed a great band that had bad luck. This band was hard to deal with and they would self-destruct, and would keep on messing up. Their music and talent were wonderful though, and they rocked! This is one of my top 10 albums of all time. This to me is Pretty Things at their best, with Savage Eye following. The vocals and instrumentation are great. The Pretty Things are one British band that should not go unoticed in your cd collection. The Cd packaging on this 1974 release is also very good.A great cover for an album!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT??? December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I cannot understand how the previous reviewers can pan this album. The songwriting, vocals, and instrumentation are excellent. This is a solid and memorable effort by a severely underrated group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silk Torpedo- Guess What August 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When Silk Torpedo cries out "Joey's in a dream I had today," I know it was true. They sing about their retreat in Georgia that gave them inspiration to write this entire CD; it was well worth it. This band flew under the radar with this CD; however it didn't get past me. Don't let it get past you. I've practically worn it out in the several months I've had the CD. A massive turn on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good progressive rock album April 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like Pretty Things' "Savage Eye" just a skosh better. I'm glad to have the CD finally.
Favorite tracks are "Dream/Joey", "Atlanta", "Is It Only Love", "Bridge of God", and "Belfast Cowboys"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD March 17, 2014
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Pretty Things are a mega band in Europe but not well known here in the US. This CD is definately worth adding to your collection!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad remastering November 24, 2013
By JoeDX
Format:Audio CD
I had Silk Torpedo on vinyl when first released and loved it.
So, I recently got the CD but, was very disappointed by the horrible remastering.

For reasons unknown, someone decided to bury the vocals instead of them be in the foreground as in the vinyl.
Also, there seems to be a lot of distortion in the vocals. A big disappointment over all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing
Just hugely disappointing after Parachute and SF Sorrow. It does not flow, many of the songs are weak, it just seems they ran out of ideas. Two stars, just.
Published 5 months ago by M. A. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars good tunes
I loved this album when I was a teenage and have looked for it on cd not disappointed at all great tunes even now
Published 7 months ago by Olivia Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice album with catchy tunes
Really good tunes from a long time British band. Bad Company and Pretty Things (This album) were the first on Zep's Swan song label and I believe peter Grant produced for them. Read more
Published 16 months ago by BRUCE E. FENSKE
5.0 out of 5 stars overlooked classic
The Pretty Things were a huge hit in the UK but somehow never transferred that popularity to the Colonies. This particular effort- 'Silk Torpedo' is a little later in their career. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by D. Case
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 70s comeback album by the 60's seminal Liverpool Rock Band
The Pretty Things were key originals of the 60s British Invasion. They had a couple of big hits in 1965 and then fell off the charts in the US, but were always huge in their... Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Kevin Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pretty Things aren't very pretty on Silk Torpedo
This album from 76 sees the Pretty Things in pretty mainstream rock territory, which is a little disappointing considering how groundbreaking and original SF Sorrow and Parachute... Read more
Published on June 23, 2000 by B.A.S.
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