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The Pretty Things
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The Pretty Things was a band from London formed in 1963 by Phil May (vocals, harmonica), Dick Taylor (guitar), John Stax (bass), Brian Pendleton (guitar), and Pete Kitley (drums), though Kitley was shortly replaced by Viv Andrews, then Viv Prince. They pioneered a raw approach to rhythm and blues that went over well in England, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, though they never managed to gain a foothold in the US. Many personnel changes followed, and they recorded three albums of this kind of material before S.F. Sorrow, which has come to be regarded as a psychedelic classic though it didn't sell well at the time of its release in 1968. Members of the band came and went, with connections to such bands as Pink Fairies, Edgar Broughton, Eire Apparent, Black Cat Bones, The Kinks, Rainbow, Solution, and more. The group broke up briefly in 1971, recording some soundtrack and library music as Electric Banana, then reformed to record a few more albums as Pretty Things. They have been active intermittently in varying forms since. Two former members put together the group Star Sponge Vision.
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Various Artists — A Band for All Seasons Various Artists — A Band for All Seasons
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 87CD, 2020, 4CD)
Various Artists — Goldfish Various Artists — Goldfish
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 84 & 85, 2018, 3LP+7")
Dave Thompson — The Incomplete Angler - 10 Years of Fruits de Mer Records Dave Thompson — The Incomplete Angler - 10 Years of Fruits de Mer Records
(Dave Thompson Books, 2018, TPB)
Various Artists — The Three Seasons Various Artists — The Three Seasons
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 87, 2018, 3LP)
The Pretty Things — Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky The Pretty Things — Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky
(Madfish , 2015, 13CD+2DVD+10")
The Pretty Things — The Same Sun The Pretty Things — The Same Sun
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 83, 2015/2018, 7")
The Pretty Things — The Sweet Pretty Things (Are Now in Bed, of Course...) The Pretty Things — The Sweet Pretty Things (Are Now in Bed, of Course...)
(Repertoire REPUK1265, 2015, CD)
Various Artists — Postcards from the Deep Various Artists — Postcards from the Deep
(Fruits de Mer Crustacean 58, 2014, 10 Flexi)
Various Artists — The Crabs Sell Out / The Crabs Freak Out Various Artists — The Crabs Sell Out / The Crabs Freak Out
(Fruits de Mer Crustacean 36, 2012, 2CD)
Various Artists — Sorrow's Children - The Songs of S.F. Sorrow Various Artists — Sorrow's Children - The Songs of S.F. Sorrow
(Fruits de Mer Crustacean 25, 2012, LP)
The Pretty Things — Honey, I Need / I Can Never Say The Pretty Things — Honey, I Need / I Can Never Say
(Fruits de Mer , 2010/2012, 7" Single)
The Pretty Things — Balboa Island The Pretty Things — Balboa Island
(Repertoire REPUK 1229, 2007, CD)
The Pretty Things — ...Rage before Beauty The Pretty Things — ...Rage before Beauty
(Repertoire REP 4936, 1999/2002, CD)
Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales
(Rhino Records R2 72451, 1996, 5CD)
Pretty Things — Cross Talk Pretty Things — Cross Talk
(Repertoire REP 4935, 1980/2007, CD)
Pretty Things — Savage Eye Pretty Things — Savage Eye
(Repertoire REP 4934, 1976/2002, CD)
Pretty Things — Silk Torpedo Pretty Things — Silk Torpedo
(Repertoire REP 4933, 1974/2002, CD)
Pretty Things — Freeway Madness Pretty Things — Freeway Madness
(Repertoire REP 4932, 1972/2002, CD)
Pretty Things — Parachute Pretty Things — Parachute
(Snapper Music SMACD964, 1970/2010, 2CD)
The Pretty Things — S.F. Sorrow The Pretty Things — S.F. Sorrow
(Columbia SCX 6306, 1968, LP)
The Pretty Things — Emotions The Pretty Things — Emotions
(Snapper Music SDPCD 111, 1967/2009, CD)
The Pretty Things — Get the Picture? The Pretty Things — Get the Picture?
(Snapper Music SDPCD114, 1965/2009, CD)
The Pretty Things — The Pretty Things The Pretty Things — The Pretty Things
(Madfish SDPCD 115, 1965/2009, CD)

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