Loving me Like a fire god Which they do -- and did do two months after the first Isle of Wight Festival during their performance at the Actuel Festival held in Amougies, Belgium. Twink also took his leave at this time to fly with The Pink Fairies, with Skip Alan returning back to the fold on drums. Only Phil May would remain the sole original member as the group carried onward throughout the better part of the seventies before winding down.
Sporadic activity continuing throughout the eighties, but major reactivation in the late nineties has since seen them treading the boards far and wide, performing one of the earliest live broadcasts via the internet, overseeing the re-release of their impressive back catalogue and generally unwilling to never say never or let sleeping dogs lie while turning on yet another generation of snotsters to be in the process.
Special thanks and acknowledgements must go to UGLY THINGS editor Mike Stax for lending an ear, clearing the air and most of all: for championing The Pretty Things on perpetual front burner just so the rest of us would only remember their achievements for decades to come. Wally Waller trademark, "Lennonesque" raspy midrange backround vocals.
Future Pink Fairies suspect on skins. Eagle's Son. Perhaps the best track on the disc. Overdriven guitar--Dick Taylor. This and Alexander easily fit with the band's S. Sorrow sound. Private Sorrow however, wasn't an Eagle's Son nor did he invade the distant beaches with Alexander. This is a song with a driving beat, roughly comparable to "Old Man Going" from S.
Sorrow , but more of a protest song. Fuzz tone with a psychedelic falsetto chorus. One of the better Dick Taylor guitar solos from this era. There was a video of the group miming to this from a German movie on You Tube at one time.
I See You. Diff't version of the S. Sorrow track. This is a looser--but interesting alternate-- production of the S. Sorrow song. This song reminds me of the Doors for its simple blues structure and the vocal style. No discernable keyboards. Danger Signs has that Emotions horn sound. Emotions meets Motown. The beat is a bit like Marvin Gaye's "Pride and Joy". Chorus a little reminiscent of Heat Wave.
Interesting pop tone. Walking Down The Street. Very Emotions era sounding tune. Horn arrangements over basic Pretties track. A Thousand Ages From the Sun. This reminds me of one of those country rock influenced tunes that Badfinger did.
Basic unaffected direct input guitar, clean sound bass, drums and vocals. Rave Up. Phil May probably somewhere around this. This reminds me of the Yardbirds "Stroll On". It's not the Train Kept-A-Rollin at all. It just generates the same kind of level of guitar feedback and excitement. Fifteen solid full-throttled British psychedelic tunes here to thoroughly soak your senses into. What I really appreciate about this CD is that it fully showcases just what an out-standing piece of work a group like The Pretty Things can put together when they want.
Highly recommended. After recently discovering the Pretty Things to be one of the most underrated 60's bands of all time, I found out about their alternate projects using the name "electric banana". All I can say is WOW. The intensity and livliness of these songs is estounding. Phil May vocals on most of the tracks is in top form and the sound quality is superb. If your a fan of rock music from any era, track down this CD or you'll miss out on a fabulous release.
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The movie title track is a light hearted number and may have been an attempt at a commercial hit with its gorgeous vocals and pop-influenced hook. The six tracks are presented in instrumental versions to close out the disc. The set is accompanied by a full color 20 page booklet, with a complete track listing, an informative essay by David Wells, album artwork and photos of the band as well as other memorabilia.
This review was quite helpful. The liner notes are too dense and I had troubkle locating personnel information.
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