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Philippe Debarge

by The Pretty Things

Sixties British psychedelic
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Hello, How Do You Do
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2. You Might Even Say
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3. Alexander
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4. Send You With Loving
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5. You\'re Running You and Me
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6. Peace
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7. Eagles Son
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8. Graves of Grey
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9. New Day
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10. It\'ll Never Be Me
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11. I\'m Checking Out
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12. All Gone Now
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13. Monsieur Rock (Ballad of Philippe)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
1969…
SF SORROW is done and dusted. PARACHUTE is yet to come…
THE PRETTY THINGS are at their creative peak… with no outlet in sight.

Enter PHILIPPE DEBARGE: Frenchman, playboy, and Pretty Things superfan.

He commissions the band to write and produce an album for him. Debarge and the five Pretty Things duly enter Nova Studios, one of London’s first eight-track facilities. With access to this new technology they experiment with multi-tracking and an array of psychedelic effects. Debarge sings lead, and the Pretty Things play and sing everything else on a stunning set of 12 May/Waller originals in the classic late ‘60s Pretty Things style, many of them never recorded by the band before or since. Acoustic, fuzz and backwards guitars abound, along with Mellotron, harpsichord and the unmistakable heavenly three-part harmonies of Phil May, Wally Waller and Jon Povey.

The album is completed, but never released. Until now.

Fully re-mastered in magnificent full stereo hi-fidelity sound with the close collaboration of original co-producer Wally Waller.

Cover art by Phil Smee. Liner notes by Mike Stax. Fully sanctioned and approved by the Pretty Things. Also includes a brand new bonus track, “Monsieur Rock,” recorded by the original 1967 lineup.

More info: www.ugly-things.com


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dave disanzo

Yeah!
This album is tremendous. I've had the bootleg for years. The bootleg was from a scratchy acetate of the album so I am thrilled that this is a better source and can't wait to get this release. This is an album the Pretty Things recorded BETWEEN their two milestone releases SF Sorrow and Parachute (but with this French dude on lead vocals instead of Phil May...he commissioned them to be his backing band as he was rich and wanted to be a pop star). Some of the tracks were re-recorded for use by their alter-ego The Electric Banana for a film library company, and a couple were performed by the Pretties on BBC sessions but this album stands as a complete document of late 60's British psychedelic pop at its absolute finest and should not be missed!

Nikki at CDBaby

Classic Psychedelia release for the first time!!!
The Pretty Things were one of the best bands of the 1960's. Starting as a harder, grittier version of the Rolling Stones, they shifted to deep, trippy psychedelic rock, eventually having their album "Parachutes" named "Album of the Year" by Rolling Stone magazine in 1970.

Before "Parachutes", and after their other Psychedelic opus "SF Sorrow", they recorded an album with French millionaire Phillip DeBarge. It never got official release. Finally, it is seeing the light of day, and it was worth the wait. Any fans of British Psychedelic Rock will enjoy the layered production, frivolous tunes, and trademark chiming guitars that this album has to offer.

I'm honored that CDBaby is carrying this historic release. Enjoy!

Andrew Floyd

Philippe Debarge
It certainly is the link between SF Sorrow and Parachute and Philippe does a good job, though obviously not in Phil May's league. Another example of just how varied the music is and how accomplished The Pretty Things are in crossing all musical barriers. Listen to what is going on in the background and one gets a sense of the complex arrangements that they employ. The record takes a few listens to take it all in but after that it is really rather good. A hidden gem no less.