Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky: The Complete Pretty Things Collection

Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky: The Complete Pretty Things Collection

by The Pretty Things
It is a hefty box in every sense: 13 CDs, supplemented with two DVDs, accompanied by a gorgeous hardcover book and a variety of tchotchkes, including a poster that traces the twisted family trees and time lines of the band and, just as helpfully, replicas of legal documents that explain why the group didn't retain rights to its recordings for years. Such explicatory


It is a hefty box in every sense: 13 CDs, supplemented with two DVDs, accompanied by a gorgeous hardcover book and a variety of tchotchkes, including a poster that traces the twisted family trees and time lines of the band and, just as helpfully, replicas of legal documents that explain why the group didn't retain rights to its recordings for years. Such explicatory details are necessary because the Pretty Things do indeed have a long, convoluted story, a story that is told in its entirety on Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky, released to commemorate the band's 50th Anniversary. Every one of the band's studio albums is here, beginning with 1965's brutal eponymous debut and ending with 2007's surprisingly sturdy Balboa Island, all presented in good remasters dating from the late '90s and supplemented with bonus tracks that have been in circulation on previous reissues. The only major things missing are the complete sessions they recorded with French bon vivant Philippe DeBarge and the trippy film library music they recorded under the name the Electric Banana, although both are sampled on the two discs of rarities included as enticing collector bait. These two CDs function as footnotes to the main text, offering a handful of raw and furious early cuts -- BBC sessions, rough mixes, and demos that underscore the Pretty Things' early savagery -- and then filling out the latter years with introspective demos, the odd stray song ("Spider Woman," a 1972 song that never made it to an album but probably should have; a new wave reggae piss-take called "Monster Club" from a mock horror film of the same name from 1980; "Cause and Effect," the lone studio song from 1988's live reunion Out of the Island), and some cuts from the '90s pre-reunion project the Pretty Things & the Yardbirds Blues Band. Much of this is interesting, at times even riveting, and helps bring to life the narrative told well in the hardcover book and DVD documentary, but there's a compelling arc told in the main discography this box set so lovingly preserves. Like so many British rock bands of the '60s, the Pretty Things both anticipated and followed trends. They were at ground zero for the British blues explosion and wound up with trailblazing concept albums like 1968's S.F. Sorrow, but they usually seemed a year or two behind the times, arriving a hair too late to ride the zeitgeist. This is best seen with 1970's Parachute, a piece of lush psychedelia accomplished enough to earn legendary status, and named Album of the Year by Rolling Stone, but it sounded as if it belonged to a year or two earlier, which also could be said of the Baroque middlebrow pop of 1967's Emotions or the massive arena rock of 1976's Savage Eye. Such a flair for delayed fashion certainly hurt the Pretty Things commercially but looking at their career as a body of work, it's rich and restless, one that continually evolved. The acknowledged high points still shine brightly -- the debut is as nasty as rock & roll got in the '60s, while Get the Picture? adds some style to that swing; S.F. Sorrow is a gorgeous yet tense psychedelic masterwork but it may be trumped by the expansive Parachute -- but the revelations arise in the neglected corners of their discography. Emotions may have been heavily tweaked by the record label but it's an effective hybrid of the Kinks and Beatles; Freeway Madness has pastoral touches that belie its title; the two albums for Swan Song -- Silk Torpedo and Savage Eye -- feel assured in their road-conquering heaviosity; the New Wave reunion Cross Talk is shockingly sharp, and the latter day comeback records are no-nonsense affirmations of the deep rock & roll roots of Dick Taylor and Phil May. By the time of their last album in 2007, the Pretty Things had come nearly full circle and the great thing about Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky is that it vividly illustrates what a wild ride those 50 years were.

Product Details

Release Date:
Snapper Uk


Disc 1

  1. Roadrunner
  2. Judgement Day
  3. 13 Chester Street
  4. Big City
  5. Unknown Blues
  6. Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
  7. Honey, I Need
  8. Oh Baby Doll
  9. She's Fine She's Mine
  10. Don't Lie To Me
  11. The Moon is Rising
  12. Pretty Thing
  13. Rosalyn
  14. Big Boss Man
  15. Don't Bring Me Down
  16. We'll Be Together
  17. I Can Never Say
  18. Get Yourself Home

Disc 2

  1. You Don't Believe Me
  2. Buzz the Jerk
  3. Get the Picture?
  4. Can't Stand the Pain
  5. Rainin' In My Heart
  6. We'll Play House
  7. You'll Never Do It Baby
  8. I Had a Dream
  9. I Want Your Love
  10. London Town
  11. Cry To Me
  12. Gonna Find Me a Substitute
  13. Get a Buzz
  14. Sittin' All Alone
  15. Midnight To Six Man
  16. Me Needing You
  17. Come See Me
  18. L.S.D.

Disc 3

  1. Death of a Socialite
  2. Children
  3. The Sun
  4. There Will Never Be Another Day
  5. House of Ten
  6. Out In the Night
  7. One Long Glance
  8. Growing In My Mind
  9. Photographer
  10. Bright Lights of the City
  11. Tripping
  12. My Time
  13. A House In the Country
  14. Progress
  15. Photographer
  16. There Will Never Be Another Day
  17. My Time
  18. The Sun
  19. Progress

Disc 4

  1. S.F. Sorrow is Born
  2. Bracelets of Fingers
  3. She Says Good Morning
  4. Private Sorrow
  5. Balloon Burning
  6. Death
  7. Baron Saturday
  8. The Journey
  9. I See You
  10. Well of Destiny
  11. Trust
  12. Old Man Going
  13. Loneliest Person
  14. Defecting Grey
  15. Mr. Evasion
  16. Talkin' About the Good Times
  17. Walking Through My Dreams

Disc 5

  1. Scene One
  2. The Good Mr. Square
  3. She Was Tall, She Was High
  4. In the Square
  5. The Letter
  6. Rain
  7. Miss Fay Regrets
  8. Cries From the Midnight Circus
  9. Grass
  10. Sickle Clowns
  11. She's a Lover
  12. What's the Use
  13. Parachute
  14. Blue Serge Blues
  15. October 26
  16. Cold Stone
  17. Stone-Hearted Mama
  18. Summer Time
  19. Circus Mind

Disc 6

  1. Love is Good
  2. Havana Bound
  3. Peter
  4. Rip Off Train
  5. Over the Moon
  6. Religion's Dead
  7. Country Road
  8. Allnight Sailor
  9. Onion Soup
  10. Another Bowl?
  11. Religion's Dead
  12. Havana Bound
  13. Love is Good
  14. Onion Soup

Disc 7

  1. Dream/Joey
  2. Maybe You Tried
  3. Atlanta
  4. L.A.N.T.A.
  5. Is It Only Love
  6. Come Home Momma
  7. Bridge of God
  8. Singapore Silk Torpedo
  9. Belfast Cowboys
  10. Singapore Silk Torpedo
  11. Dream/Joey

Disc 8

  1. Under the Volcano
  2. My Song
  3. Sad Eye
  4. Remember That Boy
  5. It Isn't Rock 'n' Roll
  6. I'm Keeping
  7. It's Been So Long
  8. Drowned Man
  9. Theme For Michelle
  10. Tonight
  11. Love Me a Little
  12. Dance All Night

Disc 9

  1. I'm Calling
  2. Edge of the Night
  3. Sea of Blue
  4. Lost That Girl
  5. Bitter End
  6. Office Love
  7. Falling Again
  8. It's So Hard
  9. She Don't
  10. No Future
  11. Wish Fulfillment
  12. Sea About Me
  13. The Young Pretenders

Disc 10

  1. Passion of Love
  2. Vivian Prince
  3. Everlasting Flame
  4. Love Keeps Hanging On
  5. Eve of Destruction
  6. Not Givin'
  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 (To Carry On)

Disc 11

  1. The Beat Goes On
  2. Buried Alive
  3. Livin' in My Skin
  4. (Blues for) Robert Johnson
  5. Pretty Beat
  6. In the Beginning
  7. Mimi
  8. Feel Like Goin' Home
  9. The Ballad of Hollis Brown
  10. Freedom Song
  11. Dearly Beloved
  12. All Light Up
  13. Balboa Island

Disc 12

  1. Don't Bring Me Down
  2. Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut [Live on the Beat Room, BBC2, December 19
  3. Johnny B. Goode
  4. Cry to Me
  5. Photographer
  6. Bright Lights of the City
  7. Out in the Night
  8. One Long Glance
  9. Children
  10. Defecting Grey
  11. Why
  12. She Says Good Morning
  13. Alexander
  14. Renaissance Fair [Liv
  15. S.F. Sorrow is Born [
  16. You Might Even Say [V
  17. Eagle's Son
  18. Graves of Grey [Versi
  19. It'll Never Be Me [Ve
  20. Scene One
  21. The Good Mr. Square
  22. She Was Tall, She Was High
  23. In the Square/The Letter
  24. Rain
  25. Cries from the Midnight Circus

Disc 13

  1. I'd Love Her If I Knew What to Do
  2. Seen her Face Before
  3. Everything You Do is Fine
  4. Cold Stone
  5. You Never Told Me Lies
  6. Take a Look at Me
  7. Wild and Free
  8. I'd Love Her If I Knew What to Do [Demo Version
  9. Spider Woman
  10. Route 66
  11. Joey
  12. Monster Club
  13. Cause and Effect
  14. Holding Onto Love
  15. You Can't Judge a Book
  16. Chain of Fools
  17. No Questions
  18. It's All Over Now Baby Blue
  19. Hoochie Coochie Man
  20. Look Away Now
  21. Helter Skelter

Disc 14

  1. Defecting Grey
  2. Turn My Head
  3. Don't Bring Me Down
  4. I Can Never Say

Disc 15

  1. Midnight to Six, 1965-1970: A Documentary Film
  2. The Pretty Things. On Film
  3. Rosalyn
  4. Eve of Destruction

Disc 16

  1. S.F. Sorrow Live at Abbey Road
  2. Meet the Pretty Things
  3. Roadrunner
  4. Route 66

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pretty Things   Primary Artist
Jack Green   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Phil May   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Harp,Vocals,Group Member
Twink   Drums,Vocals
Dick Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals,Group Member
Wally Allen   Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Wind Instruments
Stuart Brooks   Bass
Brian Pendleton   Guitar
John Povey   Organ,Percussion,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocals
Viv Prince   Drums
Nigel Ross-Scott   Musician
John Stax   Bass
Pete Tolson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Victor Unitt   Guitar
Bob Webb   Musician
Skip Alan   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Frank Holland   Acoustic Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Group Member
Mark St. John   Drums,Vocals,Musician
Steve Browning   Musician
Rupert Cobb   Trumpet
Jack Greenwood   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Scarlett Wrench   Vocals
Jon Povey   Harp,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocals
Wally Waller   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Gordon Edwards   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
James Cheetham   Organ,Piano
Nick Brockway   Musician
George Woosey   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Duncan Taylor-Jones   Vocals

Technical Credits

P.F. Sloan   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Phil May   Composer,Artwork,Cover Design,Story
Pretty Things   Arranger,Composer
Dick Taylor   Composer
David Crosby   Composer
John Doukas   Producer
Keith Harwood   Engineer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Peter Mew   Engineer
Brian Pendleton   Composer
Graham Preskett   Score
Viv Prince   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Norman Smith   Producer
John Stax   Composer
Pete Tolson   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Rob Bowman   Producer
Tommy James   Composer
Steve Graham   Director,Producer
Johnny Dee   Composer
Nick Watson   Engineer
Dave Garland   Producer
Frank Holland   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mark St. John   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Source Recordings
Phillip Galloway   Producer
Tom Gulotta   Producer
David Peck   Director,Producer
Bryan Morrison   Producer,Original Liner Notes
Dougie Dudgeon   Executive Producer
Anthony West   Director,Executive Producer
Brian Leafe   Producer
Jon Povey   Composer
Mike Stax   Liner Notes
Wally Waller   Composer
Nick Abson   Source Recordings
Sleepy Ben King   Spool
Jon Beecher   Executive Producer
Caterina Arvet   Director,Writer

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