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

S.F. Sorrow
S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things
Year: 1968
Overall rank: 951st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 236 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1968 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (101st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (951st)
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S.F. Sorrow [Digipak Gold CD] by The Pretty Things (2000, Snapper)
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The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow (50th Anniversary Edition) [CD]
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The Pretty Things : S.F. Sorrow: Numbered Limitd Edition Gold CD CD (2003)
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S.F. Sorrow is ranked as the best album by The Pretty Things.

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S.F. Sorrow track list

  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 236 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.5/100, a mean average of 77.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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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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70/100
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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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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From 05/20/2018 17:19
Underrated album. It's not as memorable as say, Tommy, is but then again, it's not as bombastically pretentious as that album. Sure, it's a period piece but it holds up pretty well. Good.
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From 05/07/2018 01:42
This is a psychedelic masterpiece that is brutally underrated. A tier down from Odessey and Oracle, Forever Changes, Sgt Pepper's or The Doors, but a must listen for fans of psychedelic rock. Even as a Pink Floyd fan, I prefer this album to The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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Best Albums of 1968
1. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
2. Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
3. Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4. Odessey And Oracle by The Zombies
5. White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground
6. Beggars Banquet by The Rolling Stones
7. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks
8. Music From Big Pink by The Band
9. At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash
10. Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel
11. We're Only In It For The Money by The Mothers Of Invention
12. A Saucerful Of Secrets by Pink Floyd
13. Waiting For The Sun by The Doors
14. Os Mutantes by Os Mutantes
15. Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin
16. The Notorious Byrd Brothers by The Byrds
17. Cheap Thrills by Big Brother And The Holding Company
18. The United States Of America by The United States Of America
19. Wheels Of Fire by Cream
20. S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things
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