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The Pretty Things: Silk Torpedo

Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 8 May 1975

THE PRETTY THINGS are from a different part of town. Once competitors with the Stones in the raunch-and-outrage genre, the Pretty Things began a progression of ongoing modifications when they didn't meet with approval in the States. The group, led from the start by lead vocalist Phil May, never even attempted to play it safe, adding horn sections to their recordings before that technique had even been generally considered, much less accepted, and conceiving in 1967 what was surely the first "rock opera," S.F. Sorrow.

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