1966 also has three great singles and one decent one. There's obviously "Friday On My Mind", but there's also the funky-scratchy-riff-based garage rocker "Sorry" that preceded it (even George S. really likes this one) and their mod-pop "Women (Make You Feel Alright)" just conjures up all kinds of images of go-go clubs and Austin Powers scenes. The fourth (technically second) "Come and See Her" is a rip-off of "Bald Headed Woman" (the way the Who played it, though, and not the Kinks), but it has a funny call-and-response between Stevie Wright and the bass player, who sings the title in a dippy deep voice. The two better known of these singles also have the better b-sides. "Sorry"'s flip "Funny Feelin'" has a proto-psychedelic ringing guitar riff that reminds me of the Who's "The Good's Gone", and "Made My Bed (Now I'm Gonna Lie in It)" reminds me of the 13th Floor Elevators without the jug, but with an original melody of its own. The b-side to "Women" is a guilty pleasure of mine, but it's a cheesy doo-wop parody with a spoken-word bridge, so it's not for everybody.
I'll concede that only "Heaven and Hell" is the only great a-side in 1967. The year's first single does have a great b-side in the UK though, the "Friday On My Mind" quasi-sequel, "Saturday Night", which reminds me of those mid-1970s retro-rockers, with a kitschy, fun "na-na-na" chorus and all, just six years too early. And "H&H"'s b-side "Pretty Girl" is a gorgeous uptempo ballad. It sort of reminds me of the Beach Boys' Sunflower LP, in particular "This Whole World", but with far less "advanced" lyrics. I do like the singles that followed, don't get me wrong, but I find them better as album tracks (it's just the lyrics to "Falling Off the Edge of the World", in contrast to "Pretty Girl", seem TOO serious for a single).
And 1968 has "Good Times", an excellent mid-to-late-'60s party rocker with a thick, 1970s guitar tone and a fine shouting match between Stevie Wright and Steve Marriott on backup vocals during the chorus. The others, again, are better album tracks, but "Hello How Are You?" is a pretty piano ballad whose pomposity never seems overbearing, and the second single, "Land of Make Believe", has a goofy Kinks-like b-side, "We All Live Happily Together".