The Pretty Things have released two tracks in memory of their late singer Phil May.
May died at the age of 75 on May 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, after being admitted earlier that week following a fall from his bike. The singer had undergone emergency hip surgery, after which complications set in.
The Pretty Things had been working on new material following their retirement from live touring in December 2018, with the two tracks unveiled today covers of Will Varley’s To Build A Wall and Gillian Welch’s Devil Had A Hold On Me.
A statement reads: “These recordings are taken from the work that the band had been doing, following lengthy discussions about whether they could actually create meaningful new music in a stripped back, acoustic-driven format.
“It seems that they could, and Phil May and Dick Taylor – together with manager and producer Mark St. John – began work on a new album, in an entirely acoustic format.
“Featuring strong, intuitive arrangements from Taylor, who reminds us of his well-earned place as one of Britain’s finest guitarists, these recordings set the scene for some of the most vulnerable, intimate and achingly moving vocals that we have ever heard from Phil May.
“This is the sound of authenticity, experience and deep pain and longing. The sound of two long, long lives in art and music that have always been at the cutting edge, and that have always worked as they did at the very start, in their teenage years, with absolute honesty.
“Both of these new recordings are taken from a stripped back new album due for release later this year.”
The Pretty Things played their last show, The Final Bow, at London’s Indigo at the O2 in December 2018, where they were joined onstage by David Gilmour and Van Morrison.
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- The Pretty Things - Midnight To Six Man - French - 7-CD set - £95.00, $126.35, €111.15 (New Item) (arrived 17-Nov-2021 17:07)on December 5, 2021 at 11:28 pm
PRETTY THINGS Midnight To Six Man (2004 French exclusive limited edition 90-track digitally remastered SEVEN CD box set, featuring the three discs offering an anthology covering the years 1965-1999, an expanded 'Midnight To Six Man' [originally released in 1966] with fifteen bonus recordings plus an additional four discs reproducing the band's original French EPs each with a card wallet sleeve. All seven discs look barely played complete with the extensive 48-page integral booklet, housed within a 6" x 10" fold-out box)
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THE PRETTY THINGS Unrepentant (1995 German limited edition 43-track double CD set featuring digitally remastered and previously unreleased tracks from 1964 to 1995 - over 150 minutes of music. Both discs are neatly housed within a 10" x 6" hardcover book which is number-stickered on the back and comes complete with the integral 48-page biography and discography glossy insert)
- The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £695.00, $924.35, €813.15 (New Item) (arrived 11-Nov-2021 14:04)on December 5, 2021 at 11:28 pm
PRETTY THINGS S.F. Sorrow (Rare original 1968 UK 13-track stereovinyl LP on the blue & black Columbia label, recorded at Abbey Road and one of Britain's very first rock concept albums, telling the story of Sebastian F. Sorrow from cradle to grave. The gatefold picture sleeve is laminated on the outside with inner flipbacks and album lyrics across the inner spread. Please see more information below for condition details SCX6306)
- The Pretty Things - Live At The BBC - White Vinyl - Sealed - UK - 3-LP vinyl set - £39.99, $53.19, €46.79 (New Item) (arrived 02-Sep-2021 15:24)on December 5, 2021 at 11:28 pm
THE PRETTY THINGS Live At The BBC (2021 UK limited edition triple album 3-LP pressed on 180-gram White Vinyl - featuring 39-tracks across 6 sides, spanning 1964-2018. Restored and remastered by EROC, compiled & curated by Colin Harper.Gatefold picture sleeve with photo-laden booklet and liner notes by Richard Morton Jack and Chris Welch. Includes a new interview with Dick Taylor. Hype sticker & factory sealed)
- The Pretty Things - The Vintage Years - US - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $33.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 27-Aug-2021 11:15)on December 5, 2021 at 11:28 pm
PRETTY THINGS The Vintage Years (1976 US 28-track double LP compilation, including Rosalyn, Road Runner, Don't Bring Me Down and Midnight To Six Man, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with extensive liner notes & a discography from Greg Shaw. The sleeve has a little edge scuffing and ringwear plus a small deletion cut, whilst the vinyl discs appear barely played SASH-3713-2)