Parachute (The Pretty Things album)

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Parachute
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Studio album by The Pretty Things
Released July 1970 (1970-07)
Recorded September 1969 – April 1970
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre
Length 40:52
Label Harvest
Producer Norman Smith
The Pretty Things chronology
S.F. Sorrow
(1968)
Parachute
(1970)
Freeway Madness
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[4]

Parachute, released in 1970, is the fifth studio album by the English rock band The Pretty Things, following S.F. Sorrow and preceding Freeway Madness. It is their first album without guitarist Dick Taylor.

Reviews at the time of release were very positive, with Billboard calling it "another top-flight album" for the band.[5] In 1975, Rolling Stone critic Steve Turner even wrote that it had been "a Rolling Stone 'album of the year',"[6] though in fact Parachute did not place among the magazine's Albums of the Year for 1970[7] or 1971,[8] and indeed was not mentioned in Rolling Stone until Stephen Holden called it an "obscure underground classic" in his review of Freeway Madness.[9]

The musicians involved were Phil May, Wally Waller, John Povey, Vic Unitt, Skip Alan.

The record was later packaged together with S.F. Sorrow as a double LP titled Real Pretty. In Canada, this album was on Motown Records.

Snapper Records released a 40th anniversary double CD in September 2010 which included acoustic reworkings of various tracks recorded in May 2010 by Wally Waller and Phil May.

Track listing

All songs by Phil May and Wally Waller, except where noted.

  1. "Scene One" – 1:51
  2. "The Good Mr. Square" – 1:27
  3. "She Was Tall, She Was High" – 1:36
  4. "In the Square" – 1:55
  5. "The Letter" – 1:39
  6. "Rain" – 2:29
  7. "Miss Fay Regrets" – 3:38
  8. "Cries From the Midnight Circus" – 6:29
  9. "Grass" – 4:21
  10. "Sickle Clowns" – 6:36
  11. "She's a Lover" – 3:32
  12. "What's the Use" – 1:46
  13. "Parachute" (May, Norman Smith) – 3:52

Bonus tracks on 2000 reissue

  1. "Blue Serge Blues" (May, Waller, Jon Povey) – 3:55
  2. "October 26" – 4:57
  3. "Cold Stone" (May, Waller, Pete Tolson) – 3:11
  4. "Stone–Hearted Mama" – 3:29
  5. "Summer Time" (May, Waller, Tolson) – 4:29
  6. "Circus Mind" (May, Tolson) – 2:00

Personnel

  • Phil May – Vocals
  • Vic Unitt – Guitars [album tracks only]
  • Wally Waller – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
  • Jon Povey – Keyboards, Vocals
  • Skip Alan – Drums
  • Pete Tolson – Guitars [bonus tracks only]

References

  1. ^ a b Nicholas Schaffner (October 1982). The British Invasion: From the First Wave to the New Wave. McGraw-Hill. p. 251. ISBN 9780070550896. 
  2. ^ Dylan (9 January 2016). "The Pretty Things – Parachute (1970)". Beardfood. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Rabid, Jack. Parachute at AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Rossi, Marco (December 2010). Parachute, Record Collector. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Special Merit Picks," Billboard, Jan. 23, 1971.
  6. ^ Turner, Steve. "New Pretty Things Get a Led Zep Airlift," Rolling Stone, Apr. 10, 1975.
  7. ^ "It Happened in 1970," Rolling Stone, Feb. 4, 1971.
  8. ^ "1971 Vanishes Under Innocuous Circumstances," Rolling Stone, Feb. 3, 1972.
  9. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Freeway Madness," Rolling Stone, Sep. 13, 1973.
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