S.F. Sorrow (studio album) by The Pretty Things

S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things
Year: 1968
Overall rank: 930th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 255 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1968 (21st)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1960s (100th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (930th)
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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 255 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.7/100, a mean average of 77.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.0.

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90/100
From 01/23/2022 21:34
Always a big pleasure to listen; as every concept album/opera rock, it gets more and more points if listened from the beginning till the end no stop.
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From 08/18/2021 03:46
Got sucked into the album in the first listen. This is a really crazy psychedelic story about some strange guy named SF Sorrow. There are some really trippy songs on here, my favorites being Baron Saturday and Defecting Grey. There’s great guitar playing throughout and this band can really rock. This has become one of my favorite albums ever after a random encounter with it a few days ago. This is a highly under rated album. There’s a dark sort of theme throughout this album that for some reason gives me Courage the Cowardly Dog vibes. SiTtInG aLoNe On A bEnCh WiTh YEW!
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From 02/18/2021 17:06
pretty things. musical. decent enough
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From 10/25/2020 02:23
An album that while very much of its time, is never a boring listen. It's often called the first rock opera, but the storyline becomes a bit incoherent lyrically. Interesting to listen to this against some of the albums doing the same thing in the era ("Tommy" and "Arthur" come to mind immediately) and compare/contrast.
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From 09/08/2020 13:01
Not sure what to expect going into this. Wasn't half bad. Rating (73.46)
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From 06/25/2020 23:05
S.F. Sorrow contains a lot of what makes music from the 60s appealing. The Beatles' pop sensibilities and chemistry, The Velvet Underground's willingness to push the boundaries of rock music, The Who's loudness and rock 'n' roll. And to tie it all together, this S.F. Sorrow may very well be the first ever rock opera. I'm glad to see it hasn't been completely forgotten on this website.
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From 05/20/2020 10:35
RIP Phil May, great singer and the first true long haired rock musician!!
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80/100
From 03/14/2020 21:18
Excellent album. Takes a few listens to get into but once you do you are rewarded time & time again
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From 01/26/2020 14:19
Pretty much underrated! They are way ahead of their time.
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From 10/28/2019 23:15
One of the best - and perhaps the most musically prophetic - albums of the 60’s. Aspects of it are so way ahead of its time that it shocks you on first listen.

In terms of comparisons to Tommy and whether it influenced that album. I don’t find it at all similar other than the conceptuality of it. It is also a way better album than Tommy which is a prime example of trying way to hard.
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