Matrice du 45 tours Private Sorrow / Balloon Burning.

Private Sorrow / Balloon Burning est un 45 tours des Pretty Things sorti en novembre 1968.

C’est le troisième single du groupe chez Columbia Records et l’unique extrait de l’album S. F. Sorrow.


  1. Private Sorrow (A Phase in the Life of S.F. Sorrow) (Phil May, Jon Povey, Dick Taylor, Wally Waller) – 3 min 50 s
  2. Balloon Burning (A Phase in the Life of S.F. Sorrow) (Phil May, Jon Povey, Dick Taylor, Wally Waller) – 3 min 45 s


Principales éditions

  • 1968 : 45 tours, Royaume-Uni, Columbia DB 8494
  • 1968 : 45 tours, Allemagne de l’Ouest, Columbia C 23 912
  • 1968 : 45 tours, France, Columbia CF 176
  • 1968 : 45 tours, Pays-Bas, Columbia DB 8494
  • 1969 : 45 tours, Japon, Odeon OR-2226
  • 1969 : 45 tours, États-Unis, Rare Earth R 5005 (l’existence de ce disque est débattue)


I hear the Pretty Things have made an astounding new LP. Good for them. Meanwhile their single, “Private Sorrow,” is worth listening to as well, though it’s not exactly my thing (Columbia).

Penny Valentine, Disc & Music Echo, 2 novembre 1968

This is a track from the Pretty Things’ forthcoming album, which traces the life cycle of a man. Written by the group, it has a fascinating lyric—soloed with startling echo chanting.

The guitar work behind the vocal is extremely impressive, and nagging in its continual repetition of the same riff phrase. Gets a bit weird towards the end, with the sound of marching feet accompanying the reading of a roll of honour—and that’s no doubt because it has been taken out of the context of the LP.

Interesting and thought-provoking, but maybe a shade too way-out.

Derek Johnson, NME, 2 novembre 1968

Two of the sections in the life of S. F. Sorrow, as portrayed on the boys’ new album. Top side is strong enough in almost every way to get them back in the charts, though their impact has lessened somewhat over the years. This is pretty imaginative material, with good lyrics and a nice full arrangement. Worth trying. Flip: Nice whirring effect here. CHART POSSIBILITY

Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 2 novembre 1968

A vastly improved group who deserve more attention than they are getting. Both their live and recorded performances are a far cry from the rough old days.

This is meaningful and inventive and should appeal to all Top Gear fans, which includes me.

Of course you can borrow the only other copy of the Nice LP John!

P.S. Make this a hit folks.

Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 9 novembre 1968

About time the Pretties had another big hit. This one, from a new LP, isn’t quite strong enough, but it does show how they have developed musically since “Don’t Bring Me Down.”

Gordon Coxhill, Top Pops, 9 novembre 1968

« Now, a nice group », c’est ce que disent aujourd’hui les critiques britanniques lorsqu’ils parlent des Jolies Choses. En fait des Pretty Things, il ne reste plus que Phil May, le chanteur et Dick Taylor, le soliste. Nous sommes loin du groupe sauvage qui commençait souvent ses spectacles par les cris stridents de May introduisant « Road runner ». Aujourd’hui, ils font partie du mouvement underground et pratiquent beaucoup la recherche sonore, teintée parfois de musique orientale. C’est ce qu’ils démontrent dans ces deux titres extraits de leur album « The life of S.F. Sorrow ».

Jacques Barsamian, Rock & Folk, mars 1969

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