The Pretty Things

On Air

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15 BBC airshots of the Pretty Things, cut between 1964 and the early to mid-'70s (no dates are included in the liner notes). To this day, the Pretty Things are one of the most underappreciated British Invasion bands in the United States. Failing to score a hit in this country, they emulated the best aspects of the early Rolling Stones in the U.K., moving from raunchy rock/R&B to psychedelia and progressive rock by the end of the '60s. The most exciting cuts on this disc are the six songs from the mid-'60s, which found them mining the line between rock and R&B. "Deflecting Grey," their Syd Barrett-esque single from 1967, is also heard in its live-in-the-studio version...These alternate versions have good fidelity, but don't differ notably from their official releases...The last half of the disc is drawn from their progressive/hard rock days...