CD Rage...Before Beauty [636551281423] (CD 958631),
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Rage...Before Beauty [636551281423]


  • 1. Passion of Love
    2. Vivian Prince
    3. Everlasting Flame
    4. Love Keeps Hanging On
    5. Eve of Destruction
    6. Not Givin' In
    7. Pure Cold Stone
    8. Blue Turns to Red
    9. Goodbye, Goodbye
    10. Goin' Downhill
    11. Play With Fire
    12. Fly Away
    13. Mony Mony
    14. God Give Me the Strength
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 128142

  • Credits
    ProducerMark St. John; Dave Garland
    Engineer

    The Pretty Things includes: Phil May.
    Additional personnel includes: David Gilmour, Ronnie Spector, The Bach Chorale.
    Personnel: Frank Holland (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Wally Allen Waller (vocals, acoustic guitar); Phil May (vocals, harp); John Povey (vocals, keyboards); Dick Taylor (guitar, acoustic guitar); Skip Alan (snare drum, percussion).
    Recording information: 145 Wardour Street, Soho London.
    The key to the success of the Pretty Things first studio recording in 19 years is that most of it sounds as if it were made during their mid-'60s heyday rather than at the time of their early '80s demise. It's downfall is overwrought, out-of-style songs like "Love Keeps Hanging On," which sounds like something the fictional band, Strange Fruit, would've come up with. Cover songs like "Eve of Destruction" and "Play with Fire" are completely redundant, yet the openers, the jangly guitar workout, "Passion of Love," and the Bo Diddley-beat tribute to an old bandmate, "Vivian Prince," make the disc worthwhile. ~ Denise Sullivan

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (5/99, p.112) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...The Pretty Things approach their fifth decade together with the same mix of truculence, idealism and thrilling extremism that saw them become the bad boys of 60's Britrock..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (4/99, p.95) - "...garage punk R&B par excllence that would stand out as a classic even in the middle of a NUGGETS compilation.... delivered with this much passion, intelligence, integrity and musical intensity..."
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