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Sf Sorrow Import, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00004TJWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By W.T.Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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S.F. Sorrow is one of the hidden treasures of the 60s. I first heard the album in 1979 at a friend's house. I already owned their "Silk Torpedo" album from 1974. At the time I liked it even though psychedelic albums sounded dated. I came to appreciate more over time. Listening to the opening track "S.F. Sorrow Is Born" first reminded me of Stephen Stills with the acoustic guitar and then the Moody Blues with the mellotron. The horn overdubs gave it a different sound. One should contrast this version with the "BBC Sessions" version which uses a Hammond organ instead of a mellotron and no horns. Next comes "Bracelets" a song about masturbation which anticipates groups like Queen. "She Says Good Morning" is about falling in love. "Private Sorrow" about going to war with an interlude that segues into "Balloon Burning". This latter song alludes to the Hindenburg disaster and features an excellent guitar solo by Dick Taylor. Next comes "Death", a bluesy dirge that has keyboardist John Povey playing sitar (owned by George Harrison). "Baron Saturday" follows and features Dick Taylor on vocals and a drum solo followed by flutes, etc. This is followed by the medley of "The Journey" which starts out with acoustic guitars and ends with electric acid rock rave up that segues into "I See You" a melancholy song in the vein of Cream's "White Room" and finally into the noise effects of "Well of Destiny". All is calm with the instrospective "Trust" a song about seeking new values and then the violent "Old Man Going" which features acoustic and electric guitar interplay (compare this to the Who's "Pinball Wizzard") and finally "The Loneliest Person". The Snapper reissue has four bonus tracks which are excellent psychedelic pop songs from 1967-1968. I would have added some other bonus tracks from the BBC Sessions "Turn Your Head" and "SF Sorrow Is Born". Supposedly, "Defecting Grey" was originally recorded as a 12 minute demo. That may be nice too.
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