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S.F. Sorrow

The Pretty Things

1968

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S.F. Sorrow

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3.04

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"Through dark forrrests of my myyyind" sings Phil May on I See You, attempting to enter a higher plane via excruciating vocal affect. Truly bottom of the barrel stuff and another flabbergasting inclusion on the list. I feel like I'm being deliberately tested.

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Who could ever have thought, going back to the Pretty Things' first recording session in 1965 -- which started out so disastrously that their original producer quit in frustration -- that it would come to this? The Pretty Things' early history in the studio featured the band with its amps seemingly turned up to 11, but for much of S.F. Sorrow the band is turned down to seven or four, or even two, or not amplified at all (except for Wally Allen's bass -- natch), and they're doing all kinds of folkish things here that are still bluesy enough so you never forget who they are, amid weird little digressions on percussion and chorus; harmony vocals that are spooky, trippy, strange, and delightful; sitars included in the array of stringed instruments; and an organ trying hard to sound like a Mellotron. Sometimes one gets an echo of Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn or A Saucerful of Secrets, and it all straddles the worlds of British blues and British psychedelia better than almost any record you can name. The album, for those unfamiliar, tells the story of \"S.F. Sorrow,\" a sort of British Everyman -- think of a working-class, luckless equivalent to the Kinks' Arthur, from cradle to grave. The tale and the songs are a bit downbeat and no amount of scrutiny can disguise the fact that the rock opera S.F. Sorrow is ultimately a bit of a confusing effort -- these boys were musicians, not authors or dramatists. Although it may have helped inspire Tommy, it is, simply, not nearly as good. That said, it was first and has quite a few nifty ideas and production touches. And it does show a pathway between blues and psychedelia that the Rolling Stones, somewhere between Satanic Majesties, \"We Love You,\" \"Child of the Moon,\" and Beggars Banquet, missed entirely. [This CD reissue on Snapper adds four valuable songs from their 1967-1968 singles (\"Defecting Grey,\" \"Mr. Evasion,\" \"Talkin' About the Good Times,\" and \"Walking Through My Dreams\"). This version of \"Defecting Grey\" is the original, long, uncut five-minute rendition, and not of trivial importance; it's superior to the shorter one used on the official single.]

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"Mom can we get some Tommy?" "We have Tommy at home." Tommy at home: [Yes I know this came out first, I still prefer Tommy]

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Beat and easy psych vibes. This feels like pre-Beatles and doors weirdness. Very good stuff here

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Cooler than I expected. Very fun listen. Lots of noises. Very sensory. Definitely one of the most creative albums I’ve listened to thus far. They really go all over the place with instrumentation

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What if the Beatles were from Kent? But they still wrote Sgt. Peppers? But nobody cared and they never got famous?

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Once you get past the far too blatant influences—there's an unfathomable amount of irony knowing their lead singer accused the Who of ripping off their record when they LITERALLY recorded "Baron Saturday" at Abbey Road—S.F. Sorrow has his moments. It wasn't gripping enough for me to really follow the overarching narrative beyond the inevitable "he's sad about a girl," and the stereo mix of the album is so distractingly terrible with its excessive panning and artifacts that the band themselves prefer the mono mix (there are parts in "I See You" that made me think my headphones were being jostled loose), but there were a handful of energetic tracks that made me take notice. Another one for the "more historically relevant than entertaining" file, but at least the Key Tracks are especially key this time. Just make sure you go out of your way and find the mono version. Key Tracks: Bracelets of Fingers, Balloon Burning, Old Man Going

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1968 Rock, eine der ersten Rockopern, nicht ganz mein geschmack

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You probably need to be on acid to really enjoy this album. It's got a few decent tracks, the others are too far out there for my taste.

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I'm happy to have listened to what's considered the first concept album, but this is some lesser 60's pop rock and this list is chock full of lots of the same. My burnout of more of the same from this era is definitely affecting my rating here.

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5

really good rock opera, comparable to the beatles

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Great Album and Band.

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Fun diverse album

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5

How quickly we forget our influences, dammed to a corner, walled off from the universal march toward rapture. How wonderful it must be to experience it all at all, just for a little while.

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Love this album, and relish the excuse to listen to it this evening.

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obra maestra

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Weird and good!! Beatles vibes. Low 9

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this is good the segues are immaculate balance is a little weird though sometimes I can’t hear what the lyrics are

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an unexpected gem. Sounds like the Beatles.

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5

Absolutely blown away by this phenomenal album I had not heard of until today. A blend of Sgt peppers, Early Who, Pink Floyd, the Kinks and many other bands I can't think of right now. Definitely peak 60s psychedelia. It reminds of a less pretentious Tommy with a big focus on sound.

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Imagine if the Beatles, Syd Barret-era Floyd, Wall-era Floyd, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard got together to drop acid and make a concept album. Loved it.

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Nice 5/5

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5

Brilliant psychedelic concept album - totally inspired Tommy and The Wall.

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I wrote a very in depth review of this and forgot to save it. Psychedelic rock opera with a wild stereo mix

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For ten weeks now, number three stood empty Nobody thought there would be Family laughter behind the windows Or a Christmas tree Then a couple from up north Sorrow and his wife arrived Before the sun had left the streets They were living inside

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5

I really enjoyed listening to this album; the only comment I have is that the songs don't have a common style. I've been definitely missing out on The Pretty Things and many other 60s bands, which I am finding out about thanks to this list. The bands that an average person like me knows about are the ones that made hit songs still recognized today, like the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. But when it comes to albums, these guys are way better than the Beatles.

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I AM LOVING THIS. So-so start. But She says good morning, private sorrow, absolute bops! Guitar riffs are superb.

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Ambitious, you can definitely tell how influential this album was

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Some small twinges of late stage Beatles in here

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Psychedelic rock opera that sounds like it was recorded at Abbey Road Studios during the Summer of Love (because it was). Some of the distortion-based experiments didn't work, but this is a great album that was a joy for me to discover. Best track: Bracelets of Fingers

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5/5

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Very enjoyable. A bit different but I like it

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Beatles vibes

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Un mix entre les Beatles et les Who. Parfois inégal sur le long de l'album.

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Yeah, ok, the first rock opera! Pretty psychedelic sounding, some obvious proggy elements - I enjoyed it, especially on a second listen. Would like to hear a version with Arthur Brown reciting the chunks of text between tracks - that'd be great! Fave track - "Death", I think? "Private Sorrow" was great too...

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4

really dig this group, some nice classic rock sounds with some beatles-like psychedelic nature

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Has the grandiose story of all rock operas along with all the quirks in production and music that tends to follow with it. There were certainly compelling musical moments on this album but overall the production was too inconsistent and the vocals were too dubious to keep me from wanting to return to this. 7

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8/10. I can see why people think this inspired Tommy. Certainly the albums start similarly enough, but this one manages to be even more depressing, which is an achievement in itself. I'm never as much a fan of Rock Operas that can't tell their stories too well with lyrics alone, but that doesn't entirely apply here because I am pretty sure the story is more just a series of unfortunate events with no strong connective tissue.

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Mooie rock! Misschien zelfs 5 sterren waard.

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Enjoyed it. Not normally a fan of the ‘concept’ album per se but this works for me, I guess because the songs stand out in their own right. A Beatlesy vibe to it too which is fine by me

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Surprised I haven't heard of the band before, great album. Better than a lot of more popular rock/pysch rock from the 60s that's more famous imo

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Very enjoyable psych rock album! Had not heard of this before so it was a great discovery.

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Have to keep forgetting that it sounds so much like a slightly more murderous Beatles.

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lots of beatles vibes but still stands on its own. classic late 60s psych vibes

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Very cool, similar to The Wall. Need another listen

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How have I never heard of them? Wonderful.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: She says good morning, Balloon burning, Baron Saturday,

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To me, this is the definition of an album "you must hear before you die". This album was just fun... And, although I'm going to pre-empt the significant number of people who will mention the similarities and idea taken from The Beatles, once you delve into the history of the members the album takes on a life of its own. One of the more interesting links being the members' connections to The Rolling Stones for example. I just had heaps of fun listening to this album and managed a good 3 listens over the past 24 hours with each listen becoming more and more enjoyable. Added to my ever-growing high rotation playlist!

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4

Nice rock opera. Reminds me of the late Beatles and even Pink Floyd sometimes. Will definitely listen to it again!

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Very Beatles-y, but not in a bad mimicking way. They tip strength in the psychedelic rock better than the fab 4, albeit not as catchy

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Sounds like The Beatles and Beach Boys Like the psyadelic stuff V.good

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Amazingly, this is the first time I've listened to this album. It sounds like so many other late 60s albums - but I suspect this was the album that invented that sound.

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Muy interesante disco y aunque The Who lo niegue, muy interesante influencia a sus Rock Operas. También innegable que esta se queda corta en comparación a Tommy en cuanto a la calidad de la música. Me gustaron las voces y los temas extraños y hasta oscuros de las canciones; quizá lo que le falta es un tanto de variedad que haga mantener la atención a lo largo de todo el disco.

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Awesome for the sound engineering. Will keep this handy for when I test drive a new car. If it sounds wrong, that car will be wrong

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I had never heard this before. I did enjoy it. It sounds very Beatles-esque.

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I wasn't following the story too much, the only thing I got out of it was that "Girl died in a balloon, guy gets depressed", but I still enjoyed it a lot. It's very obviously inspired by the Beatles, but it's from 1968 so that's basically a given. Don't know if this is Spotify's fault, but some of the songs were a bit wonky quality with some fuzziness in the background. Favorite songs: S.F. Sorrow is Born, Balloon Burning, Baron Saturday, Loneliest Person

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4

This is a pretty weird one and it seems all over the place - but in this case, that's a good thing. Usually I like my music a bit more coherent, but The Pretty Things seem to really have hit some sweet spots with this one. Just the right amount of psychedelic, just the right amount of folk, vocals just not weird enough to still be cool.

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There is a definite influence here of a number of things: Cream, Pink Floyd's first album, Sgt. Pepper. The band really wears all of them very heavily on their sleeve, but somehow makes them all their own. I liked the songs each individually, but was not convinced of the actual story until I read Wikipedia. I think the Who did a better job with rock operas and had a more cohesive story. Maybe because they did it on a double album as opposed to a single album? I don't know. The music itself has a lot of good stuff going for it, I think I had heard of these guys before (with a band member called Twink you would think I would have).v SO I really did enjoy it for what it was. There are only a few live performances of this, with narration to pull the whole story together. I may go hunt that down on youtube orr something to hear all of that and maybe I will be more convinced of the story. As it is, I'd give a 3.6 which rounds up to a 4.

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My co-judge said that it reminded her of the Beatles and I agree. It's interesting that the Producer of Rubber Soul and the first 3 Pink Floyd albums produced this, because the harmonies at times remind me of mid-sixties Beatles and the electronic soundscape tangents remind me of early PF. I didn't realize that this LP was (the first) Rock Opera until I had listened to most of it and even though Pete Townsend denies it's influence on Tommy, there are definite similarities, especially the way the LP closes out. I'm not usually a fan of psychedelic rock, and the first few songs which I listened to while multi-tasking confirmed this, but the sequence of 3 songs that started with Private Sorrow really caught my attention. They were definitely pushing the boundaries in 1968.

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J'avais envie pour cette critique de faire hurler mon rival de toujours et pire ennemi eltrapeze (celui-ci a accordé la note de deux sur cinq à cet album). Contrairement à ce qu'il dit dans sa critique, j'ai trouvé ce disque extrêmement plaisant, et, avec ce quatre sur cinq, le mets au même niveau que d'autres albums parmi lesquels on trouve Abbey Road. D'autre part, je voulais vous partager la mésaventure qu'il m'est arrivée hier soir. Comme vous le savez, je viole l'un des commandements de Robert lors de soirées karaoké hebdomadaires, mais à l'exception de ce moment précis, je continue de respecter son décalogue à la lettre. Ce qui m'amène à vous parler de la situation délicate d'hier soir. Alors que je jouais de la guitare en compagnie d'un père de famille très sympathique autour d'un barbecue, celui-ci joua soudain quelques accords puis me demanda : « Tu connais ça ? » La mélodie ne me disait rien. « Non c'est quoi ? » répondis-je. « C'est les Pink Floyds » dit-il alors fièrement. « ... de quel album ? » lui lançai-je alors l'air inquiet avant qu'il ne réponde ce que je redoutais le plus : « C'est dans Wish You Were Here. » Problème : cet album n'a pas encore été généré et je n'ai donc pas le droit de l'écouter. « Arrête de jouer... » dis-je d'abord gentiment. « Pourquoi ? » me demanda-t-il d'un air amusé. « Arrête de jouer ou je t'en colle une » finis-je par m'impatienter. Vous vous en doutez, la soirée se termina en bagarre générale dont je sortis vainqueur.

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It was pretty cool. Very atmospheric and some songs really hit like “Baron Saturday” but like overall eh. Might have to check it out again later

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Never heard of them before, pleasantly surprised

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3.5/5. I liked this album, nothing really stuck out to me though.

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- initially reminded me of The Beatles - later gave me Rolling Stones type vibes - overall very classic rock sounding - I didn't hate listening to this album, but I do not see myself reaching for it anytime soon - it just didn't speak to me

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At the time I’m sure this must’ve been compared to The Beatles but it holds up

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Pretty cool

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VERY 60's. Kinda Beatles like

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Interesting rock opera that apparently beat Tommy to the punch. Deserves a more extended listen on my part.

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This is very Beatles-esque, but they do it very well. I assume in the late 60s there were probably a bunch of bands with a similar sound. This is supposedly the first rock opera album, and that aspect of the album works really well, there's a nice progression throughout. I don't understand how I haven't heard this before, there are some great tunes here, and lots of unique and new sounds. I really enjoyed this.

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3

Most of it just sounds like a Beatles facsimile, but a couple of these rock pretty hard.

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Some of it was very good, just dragged on a bit

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Nice pleasant rock. 3.5

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decent psychadelic rock

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Very psychedelic and 60s-esque. Clearly heavily influenced by Pet Sounds and the Beatles - but not quite as good! Reminds me of Tommy a little bit in that there is clearly a story, but the music all sort of blends together for me.

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3

It was ok.

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Meh

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Rock

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I too have listened to the Beatles

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A good back up in case the Beatles don’t show

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De stereo mix is heel afleidend. Verder wel mooi rustige rock.

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Sounds good but that's not my cup of tea.

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Beatles-esque concept album. not my fav.

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Reminded me of The Beatles at times, pretty easy to listen to, though nothing that exciting or special. Some of the audio mixing at the beginning was distractingly bad, but it got better over time.

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There are a few tracks I liked esp at the beginning, but this somehow felt like it just dragged on even though it wasn’t that long , and as is standard for rock operas, the mixing is just awful. 6/10

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Ihan ok brittirokkia. Wikipedian mukaan tämä oli pioneeri rock-oopperoiden alalla. Ei tullut kuitenkaan tarinaa kuunneltua sillä korvalla. Peruskolmonen riittänee tälle.

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60s.fine.

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It was alright but I wouldn’t seek them out. ***

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Good vibe but also kinda feels like a knock off beetles

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Album estilo rock clásico/psicodélico de los '60. Interesante y agradable de escuchar, pero no es algo que haya enganchado en exceso.

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Not bad but is there anything remarkable?

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deffo not my type of music. I'm three songs down and I know. However I can tell its good music. like although its not my type of music I can acknowledge its good music. so props to it!!!

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Rock opera. Great lyrics. Interesting to read how this album influenced future, more popular rock operas.

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This was a new band and new music for me. "S.F. Sorrow Is Born" was my favorite track, which I'd listen to again. I heard hints of the Beatles, the Kinks and Pink Floyd in a few of songs. "Old Man Going" reminded me of some of the psychodelic music I'm familiar with from the 60s. The album was okay.

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Defecting Grey is fucking hilarious. I See You is great. Trust is my favorite. Second half much better than the first. Outro of Talkin About the Good Times is nasty perfect. Excessive use of stereo hurts it, but those were the times.

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I'm not big on psychedelic music. It was ok.

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One song in, had to look to Wikipedia to learn more about this. It feels like it should be on a special list of, say, 100 weird albums that were hugely influential or otherwise served as turning points in music". Honestly, much of what I'm hearing feels like it was done elsewhere and I don't know whether the other stuff references this or the other way around. There's a quality of pastiche that is interesting. It feels like it's probably not a widely know album for good reasons, but it's still an interesting one to learn about. But, yeah, the more I listen.. it's good. Not one I'd necessarily turn to, but not one I'd turn off either.

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Los coros de Trust me hicieron acordar a algunas cosas de los Beatles. Estuvo bien 3/5

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Meh not bad but not good

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60's Psychedelia. These guys wish they were the Beatles, but they really aren't. Not actually awful, but I'm surprised this has made a top 1000 list.

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Is it reductive to compare every British rock group to the Beatles? Probably. But that is the chief sound I'm getting from the first two songs. Some take a significantly stronger slant towards psychedelic rock, not complaining. Good record to set a specific "vibe" - think it works well to listen in the background versus needing rapt attention from the audience.

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Pretty cool concept album. I definitely hear The Beatles and The Who in here. Apparently one of the first concept rock operas. "Tommy" emerged from this? "Baron Saturday" "Mr Evasion" "Private Sorrow" "S.F. Sorrow is Born" are standouts.

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Solid, trippy psychedelic sounds from the 60s. I will listen again. I liked it 3.5 stars

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Rock setentista sem empolgar.

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Importanti

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Thought I was listening to lost Beatles songs! Great musical journey.

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Noice as

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Not my cup of tea.

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decent rock album, the fact it tells a story is noticeable even when you don't pay attention and overal its an alright gimmick

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Not a bad album. Felt like it had a lot of different elements from the 60s in this between the psychedelic/guitar riffs/trippy lyrics. Feel like this was a pretty underrated album. 7.4/10

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this album sounds like a deepfake trained on all the rock music from 1968. it sounds the part but is just meandering and halfhearted. get paid I guess

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As a whole, I found the album to be a pleasant listen but looking back, I can’t really recall any individual song.

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Psykedelisk 60’er rock, stemningsfyldt, svingende

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godkendt psychrockalbum

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Rimelig god psychedelic. Rock-opera. Vildt lyddesign!

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3.8 - Definitely defied my expectations - I was feeling a little burnt out on music from 1968. At 17 tracks, this album is long but doesn't drag. Most songs feel composed but there's enough slack to give a sense of spontaneity. This one's stronger as a unified piece than as a vehicle to deliver hits, which probably explains why it came to be wholly unfamiliar. Worth a second listen down the road.

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they honestly sounded a lot like the Beatles to me. i was excited for a ROCK opera but it really wasn’t and it didn’t tell a story. it was fine, just nothing incredible.

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okish 60s wurble.

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This album was average, nothing really stood out to me and I didn't like some of the songs at all.

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Odd. Very odd. Story / lyrics interesting (which does not mean good), music varies with the story. Concept albums have come a long way!

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Thank you, 1001 albums, for making me listening to another record that I had meant to get around to for ages, but never listened too. And it's 1967/8 at Abbey Rd Studios. Norman Smith (producer/engineer) really had a sound going at the time, and this is strongly reminiscent of contemporaneous albums by the Beatles and Pink Floyd, also with strong involvement from Smith at Abbey Rd. Experimental for the time, but still tuneful and often surprisingly heavy (old Man Going). A lost treasure. Favourite track: Baron Saturday.

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11/14 Gray-toned psychedelic rock. Standout Tracks: S.F. Sorrow Is Born, Bracelets Of Fingers, Balloon Burning, Death, Loneliest Person

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Interesting piece of musical history - don't know if it's much more than that.

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Reading the entry for this, the book gives this album a lot of credit for being the first (or at least an early example of a) concept album. It may have been a huge inspiration on Tommy, but as far as standing on its own as an album... it's okay. It's fine.

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7/10

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An interesting LP that starts out as Beatles-lite only to morph into more experimental and involved psych work on the back half.

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Cross between Beatles and animal collective. Would listen again, but I'm not sure on what occasion!

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Interesante. Cultura general

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3.5 | Ni idea de su existencia hasta ahora. De entrada por lo que veo su lugar en la lista no estaría en disputa; es la base para que cosas como Tommy, The Wall o Bat Out of Hell. Por otro lado a título personal me debato bastante entre sentir si el disco es brillante o demasiado repetitivo. Tiene un sonido atmosférico, con rock pop en capas y tintes psicodélicos que permea todo el disco, instrumentación buena y una estructura interesante; pero esos sonidos interesantes tiene a repetirlos demasiado al grado que pasan más allá de poder defenderlos como el "sonido" del disco o incluso un leitmotiv. Agradable de escuchar, a ratos engancha y a otros ratos medio marea. Quizá lo más interesante fue escuchar ciertas formas y estilos que realmente parecián pedacitos de canciones de Tommy. Me agrada haber conocido el disco, interesante pedazo de historia y vale la pena la escucha.

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Bendito álbum, lo subestime demasiado antes de escucharlo

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Not bad

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Beetje een beatles geluid, maar wat experimenteler

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Some of it I liked and some of it I found grating.

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Led Zep light

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Ik had hier nog nooit van gehoord, maar dit vond ik erg leuk! Heel erg die 60's Beatles vibe, met nog een wat scherper randje. Ga ik nog eens vaker luisteren.

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Best leuk, vooral Beatles en beetje Stones. Maar niet zo sterk als beide bands

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I wasn’t in the mood for this album so don’t feel it got the best side of me. Can certainly hear it’s influence in other music.

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Good harmonies

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Hats off to the first notable rock opera, which Tommy and The Wall both nod to whether they admit it or not. Bit of a downer but that's opera, doc.

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Interesting late 60s sound. You can hear the same context/period as eg. The Beatles's Sgt Pepper's...

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I love a good concept album, especially a rock opera. Too bad I found this one boring and disjointed. I enjoyed the opening track so I thought the album had promise. But the transition between tracks didn't seem to provide a good rhythm. I sort of expected a building rise and fall or maybe a couple of sequences but it felt like the mood was constantly changing. Why not get rid of track 2 and go straight from track 1 to 3 (both upbeat)? Why have a somewhat upbeat track 4 (Private Sorrow) that cuts bleak at the end and then go back to a frantic track 5 (Balloon Burning), only to plummet again for track 6 (Death)? I know they're trying to follow a story but tracks 4-6 are all bleak so why not harmonize across them better? I actually liked Balloon Burning, it just felt misplaced. Track 7 (Baron Saturday) wasn't bad but again it took an abrupt turn from the mood of track 6. I wouldn't care so much if this wasn't a concept album but it is. No flow. I sort of stopped paying attention after track 8 but track 12 (Old Man Going) was pretty good. Still, it was a bit weirdly sandwiched between the tempos of track 11 (Trust) and 13 (Loneliest Person). I more enjoyed learning about the album and the story they tried to portray than the listening itself. Poor execution saved by ambitious intentions.

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The obvious comparisons here are Tommy and Sgt Peppers. I see that this album predates Tommy but was released just a year after Sgt Peppers, but nevertheless it’s a pretty impressive and an ambitious proto-rock opera. I’ve never heard this album before so it was a nice surprise. It doesn’t have the complexity of the Beatles but I think it could be a grower.

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I had an awareness of this band for two reasons. First, I heard the claim that the album gave Pete the rock opera idea that resulted in Tommy. That claim was rubbish. Pete had composed A Quick One, While He's Away, a mini rock opera that was released two years earlier and moreover  on Rael (the last song on The Who Sell Out released in 1967) one of the musical themes from Tommy appears around the 3 1/2 minute mark. Both these facts show that Pete was all over the idea of rock operas and specifically Tommy long before SF Sorrow came along. The second reason I was aware of The Pretty Boys was that Bowie covered a couple of their songs on his Pin Ups LP, which was an album that comprised covers of the songs that influenced him in the early days - I'm one of the few who had that one. SF Sorrow is OK. It's quite a change from their previous albums and I prefer their earlier stuff which, btw,  is the stuff Bowie covered. I doubt there will be another album by these brothers on the 1001 so I won't rate it below 3 given the influence the band's earlier music had on HIM. 

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Ok

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3-, various sounds and vibes, I don't feel tired even though album was pretty long, I enjoyed it and I will probably listen to it again

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Yllättävän hyvä uusi tuttavuus

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3

Hippie. Didn't know the band before.

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Groovy.

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Great album, never heard it before but I’ll revisit it.

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Big too hippy dippy that one.. didn’t quite have the melodies to cut through.

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lol yet another album from the late 60s. Sounds exactly like British rock of the time, goes for an hour. No surprises, no reason to include it in the list. 2/5.

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1968: I See You, Bracelets of Fingers

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boring

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It might be my mood, my foot injury, or just all around exhaustion from this existence - but the album of the day is not landing at all. It's a concept album, or like a rock opera that apparently inspired Roger Daltrey of The Who to write Tommy. It feels a bit meandering to me right now and I'm trying to appreciate it's place in the British invasion and psychedelia. It's like this band put together the entire blueprint for something very familiar, and all the music is here and accounted for. But other bands (The Stones, The Who, et al) came and took this music and made it better and more accessible. But the music is here and the purists know.

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1.5 meh

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Eh

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boring

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The concept was better than the execution. Feel a bit mean to only give it two stars as I felt like they reached for the stars but frankly I wouldn't rush to listen again.

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Oh yeah, SF Sorrow... SF Sorrow is the kind of dippy hippy bullshit I think about when I think about dippy hippy bullshit that I'm actually completely unfamiliar with. It felt like it took heavy influence from earlier psychedelic works, but I wasn't really sold on the narrative, mostly because I didn't know what the fuck was going on. Apparently The Pretty Things think that The Who stole the format of rock-opera for Tommy, but that's lame. A rock opera was an inevitability; I think they are sore only because The Who did it better.

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2/5

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Weinig speciaals. In vergelijking is Tommy van The Who, het soortgelijke conceptalbum dat al eerder passeerde, nog net iets beter

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Het heeft wel iets, maar ik werd er niet warm van. Het concept van een rock opera spreekt me duidelijk meer aan dan de uitvoering.

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Meh.

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El día de la bicicleta. No mucho más para agregar. Está bueno pero para una única pasada. 5/10 ludomatics.

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A curious album. I enjoyed the opening tracks but there were too many silly voices and meandering psychedelic moments for me to truly get into. An album of its time - not one to revisit.

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Meh not great but not bad

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Very much of its time, sounds like Beatles. Some funky tracks but overall not my bag. 2/5

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I thought I was a sucker for sunshine pop; turns out I'm a sucker for good sunshine pop. Stick to Tommy. Choice Cuts: Bracelets Of Fingers, Defecting Grey

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Like a watered-down Stones, which not watered-down is cringe enough

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Apparently this is the first rock opera and tells the story of a person (S.F. Sorrow) from birth to death. This sounds an interesting concept, but not one I would have noticed had I not read it on wikipedia. I'm sure it would emerge on repeated listens with and/or with closer attention, but I didn't enjoy the music enough to be motivated to do that. Basically this is an just-about-ok 1960s/70s psychedelic rock album. It starts in a fairly accessible way (I like the opening track, 'S.F. Sorrow is born') but becomes harder work later on. I didn't hate it, but didn't really like it much either. 2/5.

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Had no idea what this was when I loaded it up to stream, but I guess this was out around the same time as The Who’s Tommy. That one is a classic. I’d never heard of this one before which suggests it was overshadowed by Tommy then as well as now

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Träger Hippie-Harlekin 68er Psych Rock. Es schimmert etwas die Kaputtheit der späteren Olivia Tremor Control durch. Malo gibt weniger als 1.6

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Interesting from a history kind of thing, but no real stand out songs for me, all just good.

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Started off strong, but it got old 3 songs in and it was just irritatingly Beatlesy after that

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A bit too beatlesy and i'm not a beatles person to begin with.

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First Listen. I am sure back in the 60's this might have been something. but, to hear it now in 2021 for the first time. It kind of loses something. It does have some good sounds, so I'll give it a chance again in the future. 2/5 for now.

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The so-called "first rock opera?" - I thought I'd be down for this but....ehh? So I didn't want to leave a lame review like the above but so why is, say, "Tommy" (which apparently these guys thought was at least somewhat cribbed from them...ok...) so much better? Not really fair of me to compare the two since I've heard Tommy about 400 times in my life and this exactly once, today. If I had to hazard a guess, there's no anchor - there's no obvious central musical theme, and/or no "killer single" - just a bunch of very psychedelic-sounding nice enough songs, some have some really nice harmonies (e.g. "The Journey"), but it's honestly hard to really remember any of them. i.e. where's the album's "Pinball Wizard" or "Tommy Can You Hear Me?" I might need a few more listens to fully digest the story/opera part and I suppose I could since I didn't dislike it...but I kinda don't want to. Just a touch above boring as an album. Maybe a good long 17 minute epic would have tied everything together, but to be fair that's not so easily well-done. Speaking of which, I'll head over to my copy of "Supper's Ready..." 5/10 2 stars.

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S.F. sorrow and Old Man Going are great tracks but overall it was a bit boring. I get its one of the first rock operas but it didn't suit well for me

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Sounds like a mixture of the Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Doors. Some alright stuff but nothing stands out.

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The nostalgia value is strong, and it's pretty easy to consider the sergeant pepper vibes and saucerful of secrets vibes. Unfortunately, for me these comparisons put Pretty Things in an unfair position because it becomes glaring that they're simply not as good as the other bands they influenced and we're influenced by - nowhere near it. Personally it comes down to the lyrics and vocals (musically I think they can keep up, but if your front man only has one tone of voice to bring to the table or makes it difficult to show your diverse ability as a group). The style of lyrics would be fine for one iconic song, but across a whole album you realise the words are just so simplistic and often clichéd or forced while the beatles and the stones were exactly in this period moving away from this sort of canned shit, and Pink Floyd never did it.

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2.4 - Somewhat unremarkable - no song really stood out to me, despite my general affinity for the genre.

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Zoals de kolonel in Sjors en Sjimmie altijd zegt: Bareuh.

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Voor mij iets te pop-psychedelisch. Blijkbaar een rock-opera (bron:wiki), dus dat verklaard voor mij dat ik al snel kriegelig werd..

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S.F. Sorrow is a mix of early Pink Floyd with late Beatles, but the result is just one more band doing psychedelic rock in the late 1960s. "Baron Saturday", the album highlight, is a good combination of those references.

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Ce matin, un phénomène surnaturel s'est produit. En effet, au moment même où je terminais cet album, j'avais déjà oublié ce qu'il contenait.

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Nyt ei kolahtanut ja raskaan päivän jälkeen en kyllä muista levystä juuri mitään...

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While I have been known to like bands coming of similar backgrounds during that same era, I find this album rather uninspiring.

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Heavily indebted to the Beatles and Beach Boys. With all due respect, I think if this didn't have the claim of "first ever rock opera", it wouldn't have made the list. Favorite tracks: "Balloon Burning", "I See You"

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Deteriorated as I listened

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Nope, nope, nope.

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1.5

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More perfectly adequate mush for the white man mill.

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As a long-time fan of what some categorize as "hippie music," I find it interesting that quite consistently I dislike this kind of music, which I understand is often labelled "psychedelic rock." Nothing wrong with it, and the musicians on this album are great, but I just never seem to enjoy this style of rock. It grates on me.

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Couldn't finish it. Got half way, and it started to grate on my nerves. Might be among the first rock operas but I still didn't enjoy it. Didn't add, obviously.

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Pretty decent for chilling and listening to while working.

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who doesnt love dire straights

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