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Format: CD
Sku: 202195292
UPC: 081227327026
UPC 14: 00081227327026
Release Date: 3/14/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Precious - (previously unreleased, Regent Park Demo) ~ Pretenders
2. Stop Your Sobbing ~ Pretenders
3. Wait, The - (Single Version) ~ Pretenders
4. Kid ~ Pretenders
5. Tattooed Love Boys ~ Pretenders
6. Mystery Achievement ~ Pretenders
7. Brass In Pocket ~ Pretenders
8. Porcelain ~ Pretenders
9. Talk Of The Town ~ Pretenders
10. Message Of Love ~ Pretenders
11. Cuban Slide ~ Pretenders
12. What You Gonna Do About It ~ Pretenders
13. Adultress, The ~ Pretenders
14. Bad Boys Get Spanked ~ Pretenders
15. I Go To Sleep ~ Pretenders
16. Day After Day ~ Pretenders
17. Birds Of Paradise ~ Pretenders
18. English Roses, The ~ Pretenders
19. Time The Avenger ~ Pretenders
20. Watching the Clothes - (previously unreleased, Denmark Street Demo) ~ Pretenders
21. Show Me ~ Pretenders
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Back On The Chain Gang ~ Pretenders
2. Thumbelina ~ Pretenders
3. Thin Line Between Love And Hate ~ Pretenders
4. My City Was Gone ~ Pretenders
5. Middle Of The Road ~ Pretenders
6. Tequila - (previously unreleased) ~ Pretenders
7. 2000 Miles ~ Pretenders
8. When I Change My Life - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Pretenders
9. My Baby ~ Pretenders
10. Worlds Within Worlds - (previously unreleased) ~ Pretenders
11. Don't Get Me Wrong ~ Pretenders
12. Hymn To Her ~ Pretenders
13. Tradition Of Love ~ Pretenders
14. Room Full Of Mirrors ~ Pretenders
15. Reconsider Me - (previously unreleased) ~ Pretenders
16. Hold a Candle to This - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Pretenders
17. Windows Of The World ~ Pretenders
18. Never Do That ~ Pretenders
19. No Guarantee ~ Pretenders
20. Not a Second Time ~ Pretenders
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Sense Of Purpose ~ Pretenders
2. Downtown (Akron) ~ Pretenders
3. How Do I Miss You ~ Pretenders
4. Bold As Love ~ Pretenders
5. When Will I See You ~ Pretenders
6. Hollywood Perfume ~ Pretenders
7. Night In My Veins ~ Pretenders
8. 977 ~ Pretenders
9. All My Dreams ~ Pretenders
10. Angel of the Morning - (previously unreleased, Original Version) ~ Pretenders
11. Money Talk ~ Pretenders
12. Rebel Rock Me ~ Pretenders
13. I'll Stand By You ~ Pretenders
14. Every Mothers' Son - (previously unreleased, Demo) ~ Pretenders
15. Love Colours ~ Pretenders
16. Private Life - (live) ~ Pretenders
17. Lovers Of Today - (live) ~ Pretenders
18. Creep - (live) ~ Pretenders
19. Criminal - (live) ~ Pretenders
20. Revolution - (live) ~ Pretenders
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Everyday Is Like Sunday ~ Pretenders
2. Human - (Class mix) ~ Pretenders
3. Popstar ~ Pretenders
4. Back Down - (previously unreleased) ~ Pretenders
5. California - (previously unreleased) ~ Pretenders
6. Needle And The Damage Done, The ~ Pretenders
7. From the Heart Down - (previously unreleased) ~ Pretenders
8. Who's Who ~ Pretenders
9. Biker ~ Pretenders
10. Nails In The Road ~ Pretenders
11. Legalize Me ~ Pretenders
12. Homecoming, The - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pretenders
13. Up the Neck - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pretenders
14. Fools Must Die - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pretenders
15. Nothing Breaks Like A Heart ~ Pretenders
16. Lie To Me ~ Pretenders
17. Complex Person ~ Pretenders
18. You Know Who Your Friends Are ~ Pretenders
19. I Should Of ~ Pretenders
20. Losing, The ~ Pretenders
On "Brass in Pocket," one of the Pretenders earliest singles-and their first to chart in the U.S., scoring #14 in Billboard-Chrissie Hynde sings, "I'm special, so special, I gotta have some of your attention, give it to me." Formed in London in '78 with Hynde, James Honeyman Scott, Martin Chambers, and Pete Farndon, the band received massive attention for that hit and other stellar songs from their 1980 self-titled debut album. Via impeccable musicianship and Hynde's charismatic persona-equal parts cool swagger, tough-but vulnerable lyrics and vocals, and idiosyncratic rhythm guitar-the Pretenders reinvented the concept of a woman in rock 'n' roll and became one of the most popular and distinctive acts in the world. Chrissie Hynde's singular presence has never ceased to build on their artistic legacy, chronicled now for the first time in Pirate Radio.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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, background vocals); 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); Rick Koster, Shankar (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, Bernie Worrell (keyboards, synthesizer); Lindsay Edwards, Rupert Black, Jonathan Quarmby, Mitchell Froom, Stephen Hague, Chuck Norman (keyboards); Tommy Mandel (synthesizer); Pretty Tony (bass guitar); 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Jonathan Quarmby; Kevin Bacon ; Mike Stavrou; Nick Lowe; Bill Price ; Bob Clearmountain.
Muze PNote Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Authors: Chrissie Hynde; Martin Chambers; Adam Seymour; Nick Lowe.
Muze PNote Photographers: Chalkie Davies; Ebet Roberts; Robert Matheu; Fin Costello; Simon Fowler .
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Chris 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)

Engineer: David Boucher; David Nicholas; Steve "Syco Steve" Williams; Howard Gray; Julie Gardner; Doug Wynne; Richard Norris; Stephen Street; Steve Churchyard; Steve Nye; Tchad Blake; Bill Price; Brian Kehew; Bruce Lampcov
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Pretenders - Pirate Radio - Music
By: Peter Chakerian Reviews
Published on: 2/10/2007 6:57 PM
Quintessential collection celebrates Pretenders' heyday and brusque, vulnerable frontwoman Hynde, who set male-dominated music industry on its ear. Chrissie Hynde is a pioneer. After she got her foot in the male-dominated music industry door (during the original English punk movement), she kicked that door in squarely and decisively for female rockers all over the the full review

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos-Peppers & Eggs (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem Americas Top 10: 80s New Wave Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Now Christmas

Associated Artists and Works

Jones, Grace
The Pretenders
Learning to Crawl ~ The Pretenders

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/14/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 73270
Music Label Name Label : Rhino/Warner Bros. (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227327026

Professional 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)
- 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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