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Fourth LP by The Pretty Things. Originally recorded at Abbey Road Studios and produced by Norman Smith in 1967, around the same time as Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. For an unknown reason (possibly line up changes), was only released in December 1968. S. F. Sorrow is based on a short story by Phil May and is generally acknowledged to be the first rock opera… read more

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  • Avatar for StuffedBird
    "Private Sorrow" and "Balloon Burning" were extracted for an October 1968 single, and the album was released the following month, in the same week as The Beatles' White Album, and The Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. EMI did little to promote the album, and it was not released in the US by any EMI affiliate. Over six months later, Motown, of all labels, picked up the album for the US and issued it as part of the first batch of album on their newly created Rare Earth label, a label meant for rock music. The album was poorly mastered (with a one channel volume drop on "Baron Saturday" running over 30 seconds), coupled with no promotion, and Motown's complete redesign of the album artwork guaranteed the album to sell very poorly. [from Wikipedia] Also it is suggested that the sad nature of the storyline is a reason why it didn't catch the attention of many. This makes me sad cause it's a beautiful album and deserves as much as Tommy, SGT P, Vilage Green, etc.
  • Avatar for Infernatic
    Infinitely better than Sgt. Pepper's. Suck on that Bee Gees.
  • Avatar for JaredMackie
    One of the best psychedelic albums of all time simple as that, vocal melodies coming out of their arse.
  • Avatar for saltyknuckles
    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №88 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2014-31/
  • Avatar for MusicMagic77
    One of the first rock [tag]concept album[/tag]s, S.F. Sorrow was based on a short story by singer-guitarist Phil May. The album is structured as a song cycle, telling the story of the main character, Sebastian F. Sorrow, from birth through love, war, tragedy, madness, and the disillusionment of old age. >> Recording began at Abbey Road Studios in November 1967 with work on “Bracelets of Fingers.” Two tracks that had been earmarked for the album, “Talking About the Good Times” and “Walking Through My Dreams,” were instead released as a single in February 1968. In March 1968, drummer Skip Alan suddenly quit the band thanks to a whirlwind romance, and Twink (born John Charles Alder), whose band Tomorrow had recently split up, took his place. >> Working with noted EMI staff producer Norman “Hurricane” Smith and house engineer Peter Mew, the group experimented with the latest sound technology, often employing gadgets and techniques devised on the spot by Abbey Road’s technicians.
  • Avatar for bobgreen623
    Wonderful album, the double CD reissue has 4 extra tracks (singles and b-sides) and a live recording of SF Sorrow from a few years ago narrated by Arthur Brown. Essential listening
  • Avatar for Metal_God92
    The best album of the 60's
  • Avatar for Mod7Psyche
    Recent my BGM-CD - this beautiful Rock-Opera♪ Album and TOMMY - Rock-Opera♪ Album in my car.
  • Avatar for Robert161989
    awesome, very important album
  • Avatar for pablo323
    Great album, rate it at www.rateyourmusic.com

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