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Pretty Things

Pretty ThingsBlues,  rock

Phil May; voc., guitar, harp
Dick Taylor;
guitar

Guitar: Brian Pendleton; Frank Holland; John Shaw; Victor Unitt; Peter Tolson
Bass: Jack Green; Alan Wally Waller; Dave Wintour; John Stax; Stuart Brooks; Roelf Ter Veld; Steffi Stephan
Keyboard: John Povey; Gordon Edwards; Dave Wilki; John Povey; Gordon Edwards
Drums: Twink; John Adler;Viv Prince; Skip Allen; John Clarke; Bertram Engel
Sax:  Kevin Flanagan

Hosté:
Nicky Hopkins - Keyboards 1964
Mitch Mitchell - Drums 1965
Pete Kitley - Drums 1965
Jimmy Page - Guitars 1965
Electric Banana Sessions 1967 - 1969
Alan Waller - Bass
John Povey - Keyboards, Drums
Skip Alan , Jon Adler - Drums

Electric Banana Sessions 1970 - 1978
Peter Tolson, Mickey Finn,
Billy Lovelady - Guitars
Alan Waller - Bass
Gordon Edwards - Bass, Keyboards, Guitars
Brian Johnson - Keyboards
John Povey - Keyboards, Drums
Chico Greenwood - Drums

 


Pretty Things


Pretty ThingsBEATLES byli miláčkové maminek, ROLLING STONES bylo únosné zlo a PRETTY THINGS byli nenáviděni!
Moc hlasití, špinaví a vůbec ne příjemní. Ani Bravo si je netrouflo propagovat a uvádělo je jako odstrašující příklad.
Podobně jako ROLLING STONES (Muddy Waters), se pojmenovali i PRETTY THINGS podle songu jejich bluesového idolu Bo Diddleye "Pretty Things".
Díky Dickovi Taylorovi vzniklo spojení ke STONES. Taylor byl před Billem Wymanem jejich prvním basistou. Jádro PRETTY THINGS sestávalo z Phila Maye a Dicka Taylora. Ostatní obsazení se střídalo téměř po každé z jejich desek.
THE PRETTY THINGS vznikli v okolí Kentu. Později přesídlili do Londýna. 


Pretty Things - vynálezci rockové opery


Singly "Rosalyn/Big Boss Man" a "Don't Bring Me Down" v roce 1964 pronikly až do britské hitparády. Píseň "Don't Bring Me Down" se v USA dostala na index - její text nebyl dostatečně "čistý".
Po dalším hitovém singlu "Honey I Need" došlo v kapele k novému přeobsazení.
Po nahrání prvních dvou alb následovala dvouletá pracovní přestávka (v jedné biografii se píše ... there was a period of low moral ...). Phil May napsal v roce 1968 příběh S.F.Sorrow a zhudebnil jej jako první rockovou operu v historii.

Šeptalo se:
Pete Townshend z THE WHO dostal desku do ruky krátce před vydáním. Zavřel se s ní na 4 dny a bez přestávky ji poslouchal, poté zkomponoval svoji operu "TOMMY".
Album "S.F.SORROW" bylo ve Velké Británii shitem, kdežto "TOMMY" hitem.
Když se "S.F.SORROW" o 15 měsíců později objevilo v USA, nadávali na něj jako na kopii "TOMMYHO". V roce 1971 Dick Taylor na několik let PRETTY THINGS opustil.
Album "PARACHUTE" bylo v roce 1971 zvoleno časopisem Rolling Stone nejlepším albem roku (tak se mění časy ...).


Pretty Things a Yardbirds


V roce 1976 Phil May PRETTY THINGS rozpustil. Důvod byl jednoduchý a srozumitelný - už měl toho celého nesmyslu plné zuby.
V roce 1978 se PRETTY THINGS na krátkou dobu vrátili na scénu, ale roku 1980 přehodnotili své hudební snahy. May a Taylor společně vystupovali pod názvem ZAC ZOLAN & ELECTRIC BANANA v Little Venice v Londýně (v té době vzniklo album "LIVE AT THE HEARTBREAK HOTEL") a tvořili hudbu pro televizi.
Roku 1989 se s předělávkou songu Barryho McGuireho "Eve Of Destruction" pokusili o průnik do hitparády.
V Německu bylo natočeno album "OUT OF THE ISLAND". Kritici sice desku chválili, ale k velkému prodeji nedošlo. Z mého pohledu album neztělesňovalo ty "pravé" PRETTY THINGS. Opravdovým vrcholem bylo setkání Maye a Taylora s Jimem McCartym z YARDBIRDS v roce 1991 v Chicagu. Je skutečným potěšením poslouchat YARDBIRDS / PRETTY THINGS sessions.
V roce 1993 zažalovali PRETTY THINGS své gramofirmy EMI a Polygram kvůli špatnému vyúčtování tantiém. Nemám tušení, jak to nakonec dopadlo. 

/ Ilona 2006 /


Pretty Things - Discografie


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Rainin in my heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pretty Things (EP) - 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pretty Things - 1965
Phil May; Dick Taylor; Brian Pendleton; John Stax; Viv Prince
Roadrunner; Judgement Day; 13 Chester Street; Big City; Unknown Blues; Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut; Honey, I Need; Oh Baby Doll; She's Fine, She's Mine; Don't Lie To Me; The Moon Is Rising; Pretty Thing

 

 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Get The Picture? 1965
Phil May; Dick Taylor; Brian Pendleton; John Stax ; Viv Prince

You Don't Believe; Me Buzz the Jerk; Get the Picture?; Can't Stand the Pain; Rainin' in My Heart; We'll Play House; You'll Never Do It Baby; I Had a Dream; I Want Your Love; London Town; Cry To Me; Gonna Find Me A Substitute


  

 

The Pretty Things - Emotions - 1967
Phil May; Dick Taylor; John Povey; Wally Allen (aka Waller); Skip Alan ;
 Orchestra - Reg Tilsley.

Death of a Socialite; Children; The Sun; There Will Never Be Another Day; House of Ten; Out in the Night; One Long Glance; Growing in My Mind; Photographer; Bright Lights of the City; Tripping; My Time
 

 

 

The Pretty Things - SF Sorrow - 1968
S.F. sorrow is born; Bracelets of fingers;She says good morning; Private sorrow; Balloon burning; Death; Baron saturday;. The journey; I see you; Well of destiny; Trust; Old man going; Loneliest person; Defecting Grey; Mr. Evasion; Talkin' about the good times; Walking through my dreams; Private sorrow; Balloon burning; Defecting Grey


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Parachute 1970
Scene one; The good Mr. Square; She was tall, she was high;. In the square; The letter; Rain; Miss Fay regrets; Cries from the midnight circus; Grass; Sickle clowns; She's a lover; What's the use; Parachute; Bonus Tracks: Blue serge blues; October 26; Gold stone; Stone-hearted Mama; Summer time; Circus mind


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Freeway Madness - 1974
Love is good; Havana bound; Peter; Rip off train; Over the moon; Religions dead; Country road; Allmight sailor; Onion soup; Another bowl;Religion's dead; Havana bound; Love is good; Onion soup; Over the moon; Havana bound

 


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Silk Torpedo - 1974
Dream/Joey; Maybe you tried; Atlanta; L.A.N.T.A.; Is it only love; Come home momma; Bridge of god; Singapore silk torpedo; Belfast cowboys; Bruise in the sky ; Singapore silk torpedo (live); Dream/Joy (live)

 


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Savage Eye - 1974
Under the volcano; My song; Sad eye; Remember that boy; It isn't rock 'n' roll; I'm keeping; It's been so long; Drowned man; Theme for Michelle; Bonus-Tracks; Tonight; Love me a little Dance all night

 

 


  

 

The Pretty Things - Electric Banana - The Seventies Side One 1973
Good Times; Easily Done; I Could Not Believe My Eyes; Sweet Orphan Lady; The Loser; Walk Away

Phil May; John Povey; Peter Tolson; Gordon Edwards

 


  

 

The Pretty Things - Electric Banana - The Seventies Side Two 1978:
James Marshall, Do My Stuff; Whiskey Song; Maze Song; Take Me Home

Phil May; Wally Waller; Micky Finn; Chico Greenwood; Brian Johnson; Bill Lovelady

 

 

 

 

Pretty Things Electric Banana

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Cross Talk - 1980
I'm calling; Edge of the night; Sea of blue;. Lost that girl; Bitter end; Office love; Falling again; It's so hard; She don't; No future; Wish fulfillment; Sea about me; The young pretenders

 


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - At Heartbreak Hotel - 1984
Big Boss Man; Midnight To Six Man; I'm A King Bee; Hoeny I Need; Shakin All Over; Road Runner; Mama Keep Your Big Mouth...; Rain'in My Heart; Reelin & Rocking; Don't Bring Me Down; Mona
 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Out Of The Island - 1988
Cry to me; Baby doll; She's fine she's mine; Get the pictureHavanna bound; Can't stopLoneliest person/L.S.D.; Private sorrow; Moon is rising; Big cityCause and effect; Well known bluesYou don't believe me; Judgement day

 


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Chicago Blues Tapes - 1991
You Can't Judge The Book; Down In The Bottom; Hush Hush; Can't Hold Out; Spoonful; She Fooled Me; Time Is On My Side; Scratch My Back; Long Tall Shorty; Diddley Daddy; Ain't Got You; Caress Me Baby; Here's My Picture; Chain Of Fools; Don't Start Cryin' Now

 


  

 

The Pretty Things - Wine , women & whiskey - 1992
Sure look good to me; No questions; The amble; It's all over now; Bad boy; Spoonful; Frnch champagne; My back scratcher; Can't hold out; Diddley daddy; I'm cryin; Gettin' all wet

 


 

 

The Pretty Things - The A's And B's
Defecting Grey; Mr. Evasion; Talkin' About The Good Times; Wlking Through My Dreams; Private Sorrow; Balloon Burning; The Good Mr. Square; Blue Serge Blues; October 26; Cold Stone; Summertime; Circus Mind; Stone-Hearted Mama

 


 

 

 

The Pretty Things - Resurrection - 1998
S.F. Sorrow Is Born; Bracelets of Fingers; She Says Good Morning - David Gilmour; Private Sorrow; Balloon Burning; Death; Baron Saturday; Journey; I See You - David Gilmour; Well of Destiny - David Gilmour; Trust - David Gilmour; Old Man Going - David Gilmour; Loneliest Person

 


  

 

The Pretty Things - Rage Before Beauty - 1999
Passion of love; Vivian Prince; Everlasting flame; Love keeps hanging on; Eve of destruction; Not givin' in; Pure cold stone; Blue turns to red; Goodbye, goodbye; Goin' downhill; Play with fire; Fly away; Mony, mony; God give me the strength to carry on

 


Pretty Things - Singly a EP


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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