(2014) Silk Torpedo

The Pretty Things

... read moreLong out of print, Silk Torpedo provides an interesting glance into the glam era. Beginning with "Dream" -- a ghostly instrumental prelude that their friends in Led Zeppelin would later cop for "In the Evening" -- this album launches into "Joey," a superb combination of piano boogie, crashing drums...

56′:20″ 12 Songs

1
Dream / Joey (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
6:45
2
Maybe You Tried (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
4:20
3
Atlanta (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
2:40
4
L.A.N.T.A. (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
2:23
5
Is It Only Love (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
5:05
6
Come Home Momma (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
3:42
7
Bridge Of God (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
4:57
8
Singapore Silk Torpedo (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
5:08
9
Belfast Cowboys (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
4:55
10
Bruise In The Sky (Remastered)
The Pretty Things
1:58
11
Singapore Silk Torpedo (Live) [Bonus Track][Remastered]
The Pretty Things
7:11
12
Dream / Joey (Live) [Bonus Track][Remastered]
The Pretty Things
7:16
Released 04 April 2014, ℗ Repertoire Records

Review

Long out of print, Silk Torpedo provides an interesting glance into the glam era. Beginning with "Dream" -- a ghostly instrumental prelude that their friends in Led Zeppelin would later cop for "In the Evening" -- this album launches into "Joey," a superb combination of piano boogie, crashing drums, and melodramatic choruses draped in Hammond organ. Phil May's vocals on this piece run somewhere between Ian Hunter and Steve Tyler, and are every bit as effective. "Maybe You Tried" is a glittering slice of glam rock, all pouting and hip-thrusting, with a simply killer guitar hook from Pete Tolson. From this strong start, though, the album falters into a torpid sort of introspection. Still, "Belfast Cowboys" deserves kudos for taking on the Irish Question long before U2 was taking its first music lessons. ~ Paul Collins