ARTIST: The Pretty Things
TITLE: The Pretty Things
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #6 UK
SINGLES: Honey, I Need (#13 UK), The US version had Rosalyn (#41 UK) and Don’t Bring Me Down (#10 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: A lot of Bo Diddley and other early rock and blues songs.
LINEUP: Phil May, Dick Taylor, Brian Pendleton, John Stax, Vivian Prince
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Raucous British blues band records an album that’s raucous and ramshackle.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Pretty Things were quite influential in the UK blues scene – replacing the Rolling Stones as the raucous party blues band. This album was recorded after two hit singles with a third on the way, and they wanted to put something out there for everyone.
What they got was a mess at times, but a fun record for UK blues fans. A couple of tracks (ones they ‘wrote’) were rather alcohol impaired and now that’s kind of a tough listen. It doesn’t quite hold up today. You know, though, they had fun making it and sometimes they do a pretty decent job with the blues.
The current streaming copy combines the US and UK version. The US version added the UK singles and re-arranged the order, because that’s what they did back then.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The sessions were originally produced by the head of Fontana, their label, but after two days he left because he couldn’t deal with them.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: See above.
GRADE: B-: A few cuts go down the hatch. The 60’s UK blues phenomenon doesn’t always translate to today.