S.F. Sorrow is the fourth LP by the British rock group The Pretty Things, released in 1968. One of the first rock concept albums, S.F. Sorrow was based on a short story by singer Phil May.
The album is 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.
Although the album is a rock opera, it has been stated by members of The Who that the record had no major influence on Pete Townshend and his writing of Tommy (1969).
The Pretty Things, however, have suggested otherwise, as have some critics over the years.
Original Label with “Rounded” cover jacket. LP Rare Earth RS 506 1969 *****