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Get the Picture? Import, Original recording reissued

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You Don't Believe Me
Buzz The Jerk
Get The Picture?
Can't Stand The Pain
Rainin' In My Heart
We'll Play House
You'll Never Do It Baby
I Had A Dream
I Want Your Love
London Town
Cry To Me
Gonna Find A Substitute
Get A Buzz
Sittin' All Alone
Midnight To Six Man
Me Needing You
Come See Me
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Snapper Classics UK
  • ASIN: B000006PYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The good cop/bad cop image that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had in the 1960s may have been a tad contrived. The Beatles weren't the clean cut lads they might have seemed and the Stones certainly played up to the Bad Boys Of Pop reputation they had that oiled the publicity machine so well. They had risen from a pool of bands playing blues and Bo Diddley covers, bands like the Downliners Sect, the Cops 'n' Robbers, the Bo Street Runners and the Pretty Things.

When it came to bad publicity, the Pretty Things had it in spades, and were rarely out of the headlines for their rock 'n' roll crimes. They were badder than the others and their music was rawer, wilder, bluesier and more crudely recorded. Most of them shared a house and lived the rock lifestyle of excess to the full.

Their second album, Get The Picture?, came out only a few months after their self-titled debut, and showed a laudable unwillingness to compromise, though it also showed they had not stood still musically in the intervening months of grueling round-world touring (they seemed to have left the drummer behind in New Zealand) as there was now a light and shade to the group sound and signs of experimentation.

It also featured more of their own material, which included not only ravers like Buzz The Jerk, but also lighter folk-influenced songs like London Town and the excellent Can't Stand The Pain, on which Dick Taylor's guitar stands out. The covers include a great rough and ready rendition of Slim Harpo's Rainin' In My Heart, Ray Charles' version of I Had A Dream and the Cops 'n' Robbers' own But You'll Never Do It Babe. Their hit version of Cry To Me, written by Bert Berns for Betty Harris but best known at the time in Solomon Burke's cover is also featured.
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The Pretty Things second album sees the band transitioning from straight-ahead British blues to mid-1960s psychedelia. A great album full of crunching guitars and Phil May's gritty vocals. This package adds six bonus tracks (including LSD and Midnight to Six Man) and some vintage promo videos. A good purchase for fans of the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and Animals.
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By A Customer on December 8, 1998
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Gritty, nasty mid-60s Brit-rock. Imagine Decca era Stones and Them involved in a full out brawl. Back Beats galore! Painfully wrenched pentatonic rave-ups. Marred only slightly by the drummer's perchant for dissappearing for days and leaving studio players to fill in. Guaranteed to completely annoy roommates if played more than once a day.
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If you remember how much of a stink the Rolling Stones created in the U.S. in 1964 and 1965, you will be amazed at the Pretty Things. Their music is propelled by Dick Taylor's busy amphetamine-driven guitar, Phil May's slobberingly exaggerated vocals (surely the daddy of all heavy metal singers) and Viv Prince's similarly unrestrained drumming (Prince has the distinction of being kicked out of the Hell's Angels for being too wild). And all of it is recorded in a gloriously slapdash murk that would have done Lou Reed or Iggy Pop proud.
This collection shows the band at that all-too-brief moment when they had sufficiently honed their skills to author a batch of excellent original songs including their two most classic singles "Come See Me" and "Midnight to Six Man," just prior to the beginning of the fatal personnel changes that turned the group into a much less engaging psychedelic outfit.
If you savour albums such as "The Who Sings My Generation," then this release is for you.
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Fuzz guitar, guitar feedback, pounding drums, deep throbbing bass, subterranean organ, almost atonal piano, delta blues harmonica & singing with nihilistic/punk abandon, lyrics that explore more than dejected love songs e.g. Get a buzz etc, & a cover that suggests a psychedelic sonic/social revolution. This album from 1965 is far ahead of all the contemporary rock bands of the time & is the alpha & omega of exciting, innovative propulsive, raw, youthful rebellion & then some.
Out of the 18 songs, I choose 16 that send me to artistic sonic nirvana each time I listen, & 2/3s are original compositions, & the 1/3 that are covers, they completely transform & make their own. They apparently had 4 days in the studio (as opposed to a couple of days) & this pays off with songs like the echoey atmospherics of Cant stand the Pain, Sittin all Alone & London Town with its subtlety and intricate eastern inflected folk sonic tapestry. The bonus tracks are contemporaneous or slightly later, early/mid '66 & are completely thematic musically and lyrically & all are complete sonic gems.
Keith Moon of the Who studied The pretty Things drummer Viv Prince stealing both his technique & manic behavior. Later on of course the Who would steal the Pretties entire Rock Opera idea aka S.F. Sorrow. Mick Jagger of the Stones found Phil May the singer a total threat saying he was far too pretty & dangerous for his own good. Whilst every garage punk/psychedelic band is indebted to the most underrated guitarist in history Dick Taylor. 10/10
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By A Customer on April 28, 2004
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Following the explosive first set,PRETTY THINGS,it's hard to believe their second is even better--but BELIEVE IT!Going with the unusual trend at the time of writing their own tunes,May and Co. prove themselves to be more than up to the task.Nearly every tune works here from the title tune to the ko signature song,MIDNIGHT TO SIX MAN.Adding their hit British single,the thunderous COME SEE ME,the Pretties display a deft mix of Stones raunch with a Beatlesque sense of melody--get it now!
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