Brian Wilson wasn't the only symphonic pop genius at work in the US in 1967. The Left Banke were pioneers of what's come to be called baroque rock. The dominant instrument, on their first album at least, was the harpsichord of Michael Brown, the teen prodigy who was their main songwriter. The album's centrepieces were two extraordinary singles: the lush, lovelorn Walk Away Renee (later covered by the Four Tops) and its follow-up, Pretty Ballerina, as strange and insinuating a single as you like (and also the wimpiest – "her hair so brilliant that it hurt my eyes"? Really? You need a better ophthalmologist. And still Alice Cooper covered it – but then it does have an odd and sinister minor-key undertow).