Monday, February 05, 2007

S.F. Sorrow

S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things is one of the most underrated rock albums, a masterpiece of the British psychedelic season. It's been the first rock-opera ever, it anticipated Tommy and even inspired Pete Townshend, but to me it sound much more brilliant than the Who's celebrated album.
Thirty years after its release The Pretty Things performed the whole album live for the first and only time in the legendary Abbey Road studios, in front of a few lucky people, where it had been recorded, almost contemporaneously with other milestones like Sergeant Pepper and Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. This historical concert has been recorded on CD, and later a DVD has been published too.
The band is joined by David Gilmour (ex-Pink Floyd, of course) on some tracks (you can see him on the second clip) and another old friend, Arthur Brown in the role of a narrator who helps telling the story of Sebastian F. Sorrow's life.
S.F. Sorrow is born again...and still sounds great!

Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow Is Born (1998)
Pretty Things - Trust (1998)





Blogger Kurt said...

These are pretty cool, Mirco. I must admit that I'm not usually into 60s "reunion" stuff, but these are quite good.

2/06/2007 7:41 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Mirco you are so right, SF Sorrow is pretty much the top of the tree as far as sixties LPs go and woefully unknown (relative to Piper et al). It bears listening to again and again and, perhaps because it was not copied in the same way as some things, it seems a little less touched by time than, say Piper.
The live stuff is great to see, although musically it can't really rival the record. Many thanks for putting this up.

2/06/2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

non riesco ad aprire i file, esce il messaggio wrong pw. che fare? grazie e ciao. roberto

2/07/2007 11:19 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

La password é
prova a fare copia ed incolla, non dimenticare la slash alla fine...

2/07/2007 12:49 PM  
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