English rock band The Pretty Things created some of the most exciting and innovative records of the late-60s and early-70s. The band first burst onto the scene with their eponymous 1965 debut which exhibited a blend of raw, explosive R&B like no other and reached No. 6 in the UK album charts. It's chock full of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley workouts (including two by the former and four by the latter) plus tough as nails originals featuring the primo Phil May snarl and Dick Taylor gnarl. Over the course of several albums they evolved into psychedelic pioneers, releasing the first ever rock opera, with SF Sorrow, in 1968. They followed this with 1970's Parachute, which was named Rolling Stone's album of the year (ahead of Let It Be, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Atom Heart Mother and Led Zeppelin III).
"The Pretty Things always made The Stones look tame, and I think the time has come for their renaissance." - David Gilmour
"The Pretty Things were the biggest influence on us...they invented garage bands." - Joey Ramone
"The Pretty Things completely bent my head." - Noel Gallagher