Pretty Things – Private Sorrow

• “Private Sorrow” as mimed on French TV at the time. Thanks to coutito.

8.7 “Fantastic Psychedelia from England”

From their 4th LP “S.F. Sorrow” (Columbia SCX-6306) released late in 1968.

The concept album was based on a short story by singer Phil May, structured as a song cycle, telling the story of the main character, Sebastian F. Sorrow, from birth through love, war, tragedy, madness, and the disillusionment of old age.

“Private Sorrow” was chosen as the lead single, released in October ’68. At this stage of the story, Sorrow joins a light infantry and goes off to fight in a war, possibly World War I. He sinks into a daze, living out the entire war in a funk. Soon the sounds of gunfire and artillery become the rhythm to his life in a daydream.

There was to be no happy ending for Sorrow who was driven into a dark mental seclusion by his lonely end.

They were getting braver with their subject matter by 1968…

You can check out the rest of my album reviews for the year here.

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