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The Pretty Things: Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky

Album Review

Fifty years of R&B, prog, AOR, psychedelia and rock’n’roll – all in a heroically-curated box set.

Whereas the Rolling Stones did rebels-by-numbers (‘Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?’), The Pretty Things frontman Phil May taunted parents with the line: ‘I’m in love with your little girl and your little boy’s in love with me.’

They took it all too far, to filch a line from their super-fan, David Bowie. Bad luck, self-destruction and poor decisions scuppered the Dartford five’s career, leaving them penniless, despite producing some of the decade’s best records.

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