The Pretty Things

I See You

Composed by Dick Taylor / Phil May / Wally Allen Waller

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The climax of side two of S.F. Sorrow, "I See You" is, more or less, the "See Me, Feel Me" of the album, the song on which the titular protagonist comes face to face with himself and his singular humanity or...something. Honestly, it's tough sledding making heads or tails out of the storyline of this album. Suffice to say the "you" in the title is Sebastian F. Sorrow himself. Anyway, despite the fairly opaque lyrics, "I See You" is a genuinely trippy slice of semi-heavy psychedelia with an excellent sense of pacing and dynamics, swooping from quiet, dramatic pauses into swelling, anthemic climaxes. Lead guitarist Dick Taylor has a light hand with the effects box, adding tasteful washes of wah-wah and phasing to his solos without drowning in a period-specific miasma of effects; similarly, the suitably oh-wow use of Leslie speakers on the chorus line is just enough to be far out, not so much that it's silly.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
S.F. Sorrow 1968 Repertoire 3:56
No Image 1975
Resurrection 1999 Snapper 2:00
Psychedelic Years, 1966-1970 2002 Recall (UK) 6:11
S.F. Sorrow Live at Abbey Road 2003 Recall (UK) / Snapper
No Image 2012
Original Soundtrack
Strangefolk 3:56
Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky: The Complete Pretty Things Collection 2015 Snapper / Snapper UK 3:56
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