Having heard only a smattering of EB tracks, having everything in one nice, neat box shows the full range of of the band and shows them in a slightly different light.
There's an 18 page booklet with a fairly lengthy and informative essay plus repros of the album covers, and period photos from various films and TV shows like Dr. Who , along with a complete track list. Each disc comes in a cardboard jacket with a repro of the appropriate album cover and track list on the back cover.
Everything fits into a thick-ish cardboard clamshell box with a complete track list on the back. Deep Pretty Things fans check this out. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries.
I came at this set after receiving the release of 'Bare As Bone'. To cut a long story short, I searched Amazon for more Pretty's. Obviously, the news of Phil's death resonated with first responders to 'Bare'. The back catalogue had been decimated.
I bought up what no one else seemed to want. One of the albums was this Banana 3 CD set four albums. I bought it blind didn't read the reviews. Sounded like a pre-Pretty's thing. First impression? Stuff it in a draw and forget about it. That was CD 1. But a bit later December 13th I decided to give the third CD a look hearing I mean, I'd paid hard cash.
Not bad. Not something I'm going to be recommending to people as a 'must have' but, nevertheless, taking into consideration the date of recording, not bad. The same with CD 2. In for a penny, as they say. I went back to CD 1. It's of it's time But still OK. So here's my verdict.
If you're a die-hard Pretty's fan, it's a must. If you're looking for that great lost album I figure that there is a ten track 'best of' album in there which would stand up as a must have rare Pretty's find. I like it. For what it is. And sometimes because it's pretty no pun intended good. This is a must have for all Pretty Things fans, everything they did as Electric Banana. Now the band has retired, this box set is essential to anyone's collection of them. Buy it, enjoy it, from the band who gave so much quality music over their long period of making great sounds!!
Ive wanted these cds for ages and enjoyed most of these tracks. I already had the first lp but dont remember so much brass on it - after that ,its all great stuff. I also bought the Phillipe Debarge later cd which is excellent. The Pretties were always my favourite band right from their first appearance on Ready Steady Go. Until now the full recordings have never been released on CD.
The backing track minus the vocals makes for great listening, particularly fans of Pete Tolson's incendiary guitar antics. The Pretty Things, for that's who they are, never made it big and even though they were RnB and psych pioneers they never received the credit due to them.
This release is one more small step to gaining them the recognition they deserve. Great remaster edition of all the recordings made by the Pretty Things in the late sixties. The Great Rock Discography 5th ed.
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Even More Electric Banana was released in They didn't make another Electric Banana record for a few years, though their songs ended up being used in a few movies and TV shows and other bands borrowed the name. Who, De Wolfe brought the band back to the studio to make more music.
The record was released in and the Banana faded out of sight for a few years. By , the band was once again looking for work and De Wolfe obliged. The record didn't pay any heed to the punk sound exploding around them; instead, it was a set of good-time rockers released in as The Return of the Electric Banana. That was the end of the Banana's tenure at De Wolfe, although Waller did go on to make more recordings for the company.
It wasn't the end of the Electric Banana story, however, as resourceful bootleggers frequently released collections of the songs recorded during the '60s sessions and finally in , the Grapefruit label officially released all of the Electric Banana recordings in a lovingly packaged box set titled The Complete De Wolfe Sessions.
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