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  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Precious - (Regent Park Demo)
    2. Stop Your Sobbing
    3. Wait, The - (Single Version)
    4. Kid
    5. Tattooed Love Boys
    6. Mystery Achievement
    7. Brass in Pocket
    8. Porcelain
    9. Talk of the Town
    10. Message of Love
    11. Cuban Slide
    12. What You Gonna Do About It
    13. Adultress, The
    14. Bad Boys Get Spanked
    15. I Go to Sleep
    16. Day After Day
    17. Birds of Paradise
    18. English Roses, The
    19. Time the Avenger
    20. Watching the Clothes - (Denmark Street Demo)
    21. Show Me
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Back on the Chain Gang
    2. Thumbelina
    3. Thin Line Between Love and Hate
    4. My City Was Gone
    5. Middle of the Road
    6. Tequila
    7. 2000 Miles
    8. When I Change My Life - (alternate take)
    9. My Baby
    10. Worlds Within Worlds
    11. Don't Get Me Wrong
    12. Hymn to Her
    13. Tradition of Love
    14. Room Full of Mirrors
    15. Reconsider Me
    16. Hold a Candle to This - (alternate take)
    17. Windows of the World
    18. Never Do That
    19. No Guarantee
    20. Not a Second Time
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Sense of Purpose
    2. Downtown (Akron)
    3. How Do I Miss You
    4. Bold as Love
    5. When Will I See You
    6. Hollywood Perfume
    7. Night in My Veins
    8. 977
    9. All My Dreams
    10. Angel of the Morning - (Original Version)
    11. Money Talk
    12. Rebel Rock Me
    13. I'll Stand by You
    14. Every Mothers' Son - (Demo)
    15. Love Colours
    16. Private Life - (live)
    17. Lovers of Today - (live)
    18. Creep - (live)
    19. Criminal - (live)
    20. Revolution - (live)
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Everyday Is Like Sunday
    2. Human - (Class mix)
    3. Popstar
    4. Back Down
    5. California
    6. Needle and the Damage Done, The
    7. From the Heart Down
    8. Who's Who
    9. Biker
    10. Nails in the Road
    11. Legalize Me
    12. Homecoming, The - (live)
    13. Up the Neck - (live)
    14. Fools Must Die - (live)
    15. Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
    16. Lie to Me
    17. Complex Person
    18. You Know Who Your Friends Are
    19. I Should Of
    20. Losing, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 73270

  • Credits
    ProducerChris E. Thomas; Ian Stanley; Jimmy Iovine; Jonathan Quarmby; Kevin Bacon; Mitchell Froom; Nick Lowe; Stephen Hague; Stephen Street; Steve Lillywhite; Bob Clearmountain; Bill Inglot (Compilation)
    EngineerDavid Boucher; David Nicholas; Steve "Syco Steve" Williams; Howard Gray; Doug Wynne; Julie Gardner; Richard Norris; Stephen Street; Steve Churchyard; Steve Nye; Tchad Blake; Bill Price; Brian Kehew; Bruce Lampcov

    Pretenders: Malcolm Foster, Pete Farndon (bass guitar, background vocals); T.M. Stevens, Andy Hobson (bass guitar); James Honeyman-Scott, Robbie McIntosh , Martin Chambers (background vocals); Chrissie Hynde, Adam Seymour.
    Personnel: Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar, harmonica, background vocals); Adam Seymour (vocals, guitar, harmonium, background vocals); James Honeyman-Scott (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Billy Bremner (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Robbie McIntosh (vocals, guitar); Paul Carrack (vocals, piano); Martin Chambers (vocals, drums); Malcolm Foster, Andrew Bodnar, Pete Farndon (vocals); Tom Kelly (guitar, piano, background vocals); Dominic Miller (guitar, background vocals); Jeff Beck, Johnny Marr , Tchad Blake (guitar); Stuart Gordon (violin, viola); Shankar, Richard Koster (violin); John Metcalfe (viola); Ivan McCready (cello); Duke Quartet (strings); Chris Mercer (tenor saxophone); Jim Wilson , Henry Lowther (trumpet); Geoff Bryant (French horn); Damon Albarn (piano); Bruce Brody (organ); Pat Seymour (keyboards, synthesizer); Lindsay Edwards, Rupert Black, Jonathan Quarmby, Mitchell Froom, Stephen Hague, Chuck Norman (keyboards); Bernie Worrell, Tommy Mandel (synthesizer); Blair Cunningham (drums, background vocals); Steve Jordan , Gerry Mackleduff, J.F.T. Hood, James Hood, Simon Phillips , Jim Copley, Mel Gaynor (drums); Colin Elliot, Mark Cooper Smith, Andy Duncan (percussion); John McKenzie , Priscilla Jones, Jules Shear, Mark Hart, Mark Sheridan, Tim Finn, Will MacGregor (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Bernie Worrell (keyboards); Pretty Tony (bass guitar); Paul Carrack (background vocals); Johnny Marr , Billy Bremner.
    Audio Mixers: Jonathan Quarmby; Kevin Bacon ; Mike Stavrou; Nick Lowe; Bill Price ; Bob Clearmountain.
    Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
    Recording information: AIR Studios; Axis; Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Innovation, London, England; Jacob Street Studios, London, England; Mayfair Studios, London, England; Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris, France; Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Power Station, NY; RAK, London, England; Right Track Recording, NY; Sarm Studio West, London, England; Sony Studios; Sunset Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA; Town House Recording Studios, London, England; Wessex Studios, London, England; Wool Hall, Bath, Somerset, England.
    Authors: Chrissie Hynde; Martin Chambers; Adam Seymour; Nick Lowe.
    Photographers: Chalkie Davies; Ebet Roberts; Robert Matheu; Fin Costello; Simon Fowler .
    The Pretenders are a band that's easy to take for granted, yet every time one of their excellent singles--and there are lots of them--hits the radio, the response is invariably, "Oh my God, I love this song." When you begin to peel back the layers of the band itself--the alternately jangly and punchy guitars, the hard-as-nails rhythm section, and Chrissie Hynde's impeccable songcraft and unbelievably sensual alto--it's easy to make a case for the Pretenders as one of the best American rock bands of the post-'60s pop landscape.
    PIRATE RADIO, the comprehensive, long overdue Pretenders box set, helps support that case. Spread out over four CDs are studio recordings, demos, live material, and alternate versions recorded between 1979 and 2005. In addition to the obvious inclusions ("Brass in Pocket;" "Back on the Chain Gang"), the full range of the Pretenders is represented, from rip-it-up rockers ("Precious") to gorgeous balladry ("2000 Miles"). And, finally, a bonus DVD of television appearances makes the case complete.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.71) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "From a punky 1978 'Precious' demo to adventurous LOOSE SCREW cuts from 2002, Hynde radiates both erotic vigor and uncommon sensitivity."
    Uncut (p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a surprise that such a vagabond, itinerant existence lead to a group that would prove a model of classic consistency for the best part of three decades."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Chrissie Hynde is the quality control. With her scabrously soulful voice and punchy songwriting, she ensured her band survived several line-up changes and the tragic death of two original members..."
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