S.F. Sorrow

Snapper Classics
Release date
18 Apr 2006
Running length
17 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 S.F. Sorrow Is Born 3:11 21,176
2 Bracelets of Fingers 3:35 16,430
3 She Says Good Morning 3:26 16,067
4 Private Sorrow 4:04 14,942
5 Balloon Burning 3:48 10,609
6 Death 3:11 13,568
7 Baron Saturday 3:59 14,814
8 The Journey 2:45 11,520
9 I See You 3:53 25,914
10 Well Of Destiny 1:43 22,423
11 Trust 2:43 8,485
12 Old Man Going 3:06 14,149
13 Loneliest Person 1:23 12,434
14 Defecting Grey 5:09 11,034
15 Mr. Evasion 3:28 6,309
16 Talkin' About The Good Times 3:44 20,569
17 Walking Through My Dreams 3:36 17,938

About this album

4th LP by The Pretty Things. Originally recorded in 1967 around the same time as Pink Floyd’s Piper and The Beatles Sgt Peppers and at Abbey Road Studio’s with Norman Smith on production but for a yet 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 ever giving Peter Townsend the inspiration to write Tommy. This album is certainly one of the best things The Pretties did and it represents a significant musical advance for them, that has influenced other artists of that era - for example, one of its tracks Private Sorrow sounded similar to subsequent Jethro Tull compositions on Aqualung. Despite its influence, it was largely unheralded at the time and did not sell well and did not chart in the UK or USA .

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  • JaredMackie

    One of the best psychedelic albums of all time simple as that, vocal melodies coming out of their arse.

    13 Aug 2:17pm Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №88 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2014-31/

    1 Aug 10:25pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    One of the first rock 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.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • 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

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Metal_God92

    The best album of the 60's

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • Mod7Psyche

    Recent my BGM-CD - this beautiful Rock-Opera♪ Album and TOMMY - Rock-Opera♪ Album in my car.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Robert161989

    awesome, very important album

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • pablo323

    Great album, rate it at www.rateyourmusic.com

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    My God, what cave have I been living in? This is fantastic!

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Nessyliz

    Really, really incredible album.

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • EvilMonkeyRec

    The Pretty Thing - Hyde and Psych, very rare British psychedelia live! http://theevilmonkeysrecords.blogspot.com/2011/10/pretty-things-hyde-and-psych-1968-1969.html

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MarkusSchatt

    this is really great stuff.... used to play it up and down...when I was a kid...

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • psycheceri

    The psychedelic album - by comparison everything else is just a little odd

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Jimmy_Page_Jr

    a fucking masterpiece!

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • TheMcEneaney

    The Pretty Things only needed one disc.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • naughtydaughter

    Once had a musical project where we played the whole album live. Video can be seen here: http://blip.tv/rss/bookmarks/208716

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • BaldoMexicano

    this is the true feel of the 60's....saw them live many times

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • marshmellow_man

    someone needs to fix the tags on the track listing

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • r_m

    Yeah, the US pressing was round on the top and had different album art.

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • thestr8sounds

    I bought this as a teenager and it was one of my favorite LPs ever, SF Sorrow. Original package was non square, right? Pretty Things put out a few incredible albums that were pioneering.

    30 Jul 2009 Reply
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