Pirate Radio

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Even though she's responsible for some of the most durable -- and universally appealing -- rock songs of the past couple of decades, Pretenders guiding light Chrissie Hynde has never really gotten her due. That should change with the release of this exhaustive box set, which adds a generous selection of demos, oddities, and cover material to the band's litany of hits. And those rarities aren't just for completists: Hynde's ear for a great song transcends genre, allowing the band to tuck into Morrissey's "Every Day Is Like Sunday" and Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love" with equal aplomb. With her sultry, immediately recognizable voice, she puts her own stamp on versions of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Even though she's responsible for some of the most durable -- and universally appealing -- rock songs of the past couple of decades, Pretenders guiding light Chrissie Hynde has never really gotten her due. That should change with the release of this exhaustive box set, which adds a generous selection of demos, oddities, and cover material to the band's litany of hits. And those rarities aren't just for completists: Hynde's ear for a great song transcends genre, allowing the band to tuck into Morrissey's "Every Day Is Like Sunday" and Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love" with equal aplomb. With her sultry, immediately recognizable voice, she puts her own stamp on versions of Neil Young's "Needle and the Damage Done" and Radiohead's "Creep." The radio staples -- "Brass in Pocket" and the like -- still resonate strongly, perhaps even more so alongside the demos that document their evolution. Note the extra-rough early version of "Precious," on which Hynde's incendiary delivery practically leaps from the speakers in a shower of sparks. The handful of previously unreleased tracks will please diehards the most with the exception of the poignant "Worlds Within Worlds" and the honky-tonkin' "Tequila", but the live cuts eight in all are sure to grab anyone within listening range and impart a good shake. The set is rounded out by a DVD featuring material that spans the years 1979 to 1995 -- highlighted by early performances on the BBC's Top of the Pops and a stellar appearance at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival. Pirate Radio's signal comes in loud and clear throughout.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To say that Warner/Rhino/Sire's 2006 four-CD, one-DVD box set Pirate Radio is for the die-hard Pretenders fan may be stating the obvious -- after all, career-spanning multi-disc sets heavy on rarities are by definition for diehards. But die-hard Pretenders fans are different than other die-hard fans, since they can be easily split into two separate camps: those who followed Chrissie Hynde throughout her career, and those who lost interest somewhere after 1983's Learning to Crawl, the triumphant third album that proved Hynde was above all a survivor. After that, Pretenders records were notoriously hit-or-miss affairs, sometimes holding together a little better than others, but patchy enough to whittle down their audience to just the dedicated, while still indicating that a killer comp could be pieced together from these records. Is Pirate Radio that comp? No, not really. It has almost all of their charting singles and many of their best album tracks, but it's not a lean collection of nothing but the best from the Pretenders; it has too many rarities and treats each portion of their career too evenhandedly to be that. By the end of the first disc, Pirate Radio has already dipped into Learning to Crawl, and well over half the collection is devoted to music released from 1990 on -- an era that had two solid albums 1994's Last of the Independents and 2002's Loose Screw and one strong one 1999's Viva el Amor, plus a popular if subdued live album 1995's Isle of View. This era was certainly good, but in no way matched the intensity of their first five years as a band, particularly in its first incarnation when Hynde was in a gang with guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon, and drummer Martin Chambers. The first disc bears this out through its rarities, where the original 1978 demo of "Precious" is nearly as tough as the one on the group's peerless debut, while the Nick Lowe-produced single version of "The Wait" has a reckless energy. Even songs that seemed like throwaways at the time have aged into mini-masterpieces: there are the two songs that had been stranded on the 1981 Extended Play EP -- the tense, dramatic "Porcelain" and the infectious "Cuban Slide" -- plus a dynamic take on the Small Faces' "What You Gonna Do About It." All three enhance the reputation of the original Pretenders while filling out corners in their history, something that can't quite be said about the deluge of rarities that follows over the next three discs. Not that the 13 previously unreleased cuts and six stray songs mostly from B-sides and tribute singles are bad by any means -- there are quite a few gems in this batch, particularly the terrific country tune "Tequila" dating from the first days of the band, but cut during Learning to Crawl, the searching outtake "When I Change My Life," and a bunch of covers, including takes on the Beatles' "Not a Second Time," Warren Zevon's "Reconsider Me," Radiohead's "Creep," and Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning." But as the box shifts into second gear halfway through the second disc, it stops being a set that holds appeal to both camps of Pretenders fans and becomes the province of those who have faithfully followed Hynde throughout her ups and down. For those fans, Pirate Radio is pretty much an unqualified delight. It rounds up the best of the uncollected songs, it presents an accurate and thorough history, it sounds terrific, it has great and comprehensive notes from Ben Edmonds along with some track-by-track comments from Hynde, and the DVD is filled with thrilling television performances eight of the 19 clips on the disc are from the original lineup, plus there are two from the Learning to Crawl group, which is alone worth the price of the set for the truly devoted. And ultimately that's who Pirate Radio is for -- for fans who love Hynde, warts and all. It's for the fans who believe that, despite or perhaps because of the peaks and valleys, she is indeed how Nick Lowe describes her: "she's still the same girl we were all in love with nearly 30 years ago...and Chrissie's still the coolest girl in the world." For those who agree with Basher, Pirate Radio is proof that their love has not been in vain.
Entertainment Weekly - Clark Collis
Hynde's seductively in-control voice... has remained, down the decades, as cool and unchanging as her haircut. (A-)

Hynde's seductively in-control voice... has remained, down the decades, as cool and unchanging as her haircut. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227327026
  • Catalog Number: 73270
  • Sales rank: 60,061

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Precious (3:42)
  2. 2 Stop Your Sobbing (2:36)
  3. 3 The Wait (3:09)
  4. 4 Kid (3:07)
  5. 5 Tattooed Love Boys (3:00)
  6. 6 Mystery Achievement (5:25)
  7. 7 Brass in Pocket (3:04)
  8. 8 Porcelain (3:54)
  9. 9 Talk of the Town (3:15)
  10. 10 Message of Love (3:29)
  11. 11 Cuban Slide (4:33)
  12. 12 What You Gonna Do About It (2:45)
  13. 13 The Adultress (3:58)
  14. 14 Bad Boys Get Spanked (4:09)
  15. 15 I Go to Sleep (2:56)
  16. 16 Day After Day (3:48)
  17. 17 Birds of Paradise (4:17)
  18. 18 The English Roses (4:31)
  19. 19 Time the Avenger (4:55)
  20. 20 Watching the Clothes (2:53)
  21. 21 Show Me (4:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Back on the Chain Gang (3:53)
  2. 2 Thumbelina (3:19)
  3. 3 Thin Line Between Love and Hate (3:42)
  4. 4 My City Was Gone (5:26)
  5. 5 Middle of the Road (4:14)
  6. 6 Tequila (3:33)
  7. 7 2000 Miles (3:40)
  8. 8 When I Change My Life (3:58)
  9. 9 My Baby (4:09)
  10. 10 Worlds Within Worlds (3:47)
  11. 11 Don't Get Me Wrong (3:47)
  12. 12 Hymn to Her (4:57)
  13. 13 Tradition of Love (5:25)
  14. 14 Room Full of Mirrors (4:36)
  15. 15 Reconsider Me (3:18)
  16. 16 Hold a Candle to This (3:42)
  17. 17 Windows of the World (2:59)
  18. 18 Never Do That (3:19)
  19. 19 No Guarantee (3:48)
  20. 20 Not a Second Time (2:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sense of Purpose (3:04)
  2. 2 Downtown (Akron) (2:43)
  3. 3 How Do I Miss You (4:22)
  4. 4 Bold as Love (3:25)
  5. 5 When Will I See You (4:53)
  6. 6 Hollywood Perfume (3:55)
  7. 7 Night in My Veins (3:17)
  8. 8 977 (3:54)
  9. 9 All My Dreams (3:14)
  10. 10 Angel of the Morning (3:31)
  11. 11 Money Talk (3:39)
  12. 12 Rebel Rock Me (3:10)
  13. 13 I'll Stand by You (4:00)
  14. 14 Every Mothers' Son (3:46)
  15. 15 Love Colours (4:32)
  16. 16 Private Life (4:55)
  17. 17 Lovers of Today (5:25)
  18. 18 Creep (4:02)
  19. 19 Criminal (4:18)
  20. 20 Revolution (5:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Everyday Is Like Sunday (3:42)
  2. 2 Human (4:01)
  3. 3 Popstar (3:33)
  4. 4 Back Down (4:16)
  5. 5 California (4:32)
  6. 6 The Needle and the Damage Done (3:45)
  7. 7 From the Heart Down (3:41)
  8. 8 Who's Who (4:14)
  9. 9 Biker (4:40)
  10. 10 Nails in the Road (3:24)
  11. 11 Legalize Me (3:56)
  12. 12 The Homecoming (4:53)
  13. 13 Up the Neck (4:35)
  14. 14 Fools Must Die (3:03)
  15. 15 Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (3:28)
  16. 16 Lie to Me (2:22)
  17. 17 Complex Person (2:48)
  18. 18 You Know Who Your Friends Are (3:30)
  19. 19 I Should Of (4:02)
  20. 20 The Losing (4:50)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Talk of the Town
  2. 2 The Adultress
  3. 3 The Wait
  4. 4 Hollywood Perfume
  5. 5 Brass in Pocket
  6. 6 977
  7. 7 Never Do That
  8. 8 Thumbelina
  9. 9 2000 Miles
  10. 10 Night in My Veins
  11. 11 My City Was Gone
  12. 12 Tattooed Love Boys
  13. 13 Middle of the Road
  14. 14 Don't Get Me Wrong
  15. 15 Criminal
  16. 16 Room Full of Mirrors
  17. 17 Louie, Louie
  18. 18 Stop Your Sobbing
  19. 19 Tattooed Love Boys/Up the Neck
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pretenders Primary Artist
Jeff Beck Guitar, Soloist
Paul Carrack Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tim Finn Background Vocals
Jules Shear Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Keyboards
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Simon Phillips Drums
David Paton Bass
Shankar Violin
Damon Albarn Piano
Tchad Blake Guitar
Andrew Bodnar Bass, Vocals
Billy Bremner Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Brody Organ
Geoff Bryant French Horn
Martin Chambers Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Copley Drums
Blair Cunningham Drums, Background Vocals
Andy Duncan Percussion
James Eller Bass
Pete Farndon Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Malcolm Foster Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
Mel Gaynor Drums
Stuart Gordon Violin, Viola
Stephen Hague Keyboards
Mark Hart Background Vocals
Andy Hobson Bass, Bass Guitar
James Honeyman-Scott Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
J.F.T. Hood Drums
Chrissie Hynde Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Priscilla Jones Background Vocals
Tom Kelly Bass, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
London Community Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
Will MacGregor Bass, Background Vocals
Robbie McIntosh Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Johnny Marr Guitar
Ivan McCready Cello
John McKenzie Bass, Background Vocals
Chris Mercer Tenor Saxophone
Chucho Merchán Bass
John Metcalfe Viola
Dominic Miller Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Andy Rourke Bass
Adam Seymour Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals, Background Vocals
T.M. Stevens Bass, Bass Guitar
Bruce Thomas Bass
Rupert Black Keyboards
Gerry Mackleduff Drums
Pretty Tony Bass, Bass Guitar
Pat Seymour Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jonathan Quarmby Keyboards
Colin Elliot Percussion
Tommy Mandel Synthesizer
Mark Sheridan Background Vocals
Duke Quartet Strings
Steve Jordan Drums
Chuck Norman Keyboards
Jim Wilson Trumpet
Kevin Bacon Bass
James Hood Drums
Mark Cooper Smith Percussion
Lindsay Edwards Keyboards
Rick Koster Violin
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Neil Young Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Tchad Blake Engineer
Bernard Butler Composer
Martin Chambers Author
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Bob Clearmountain Producer
Hal David Composer
Ben Edmonds Essay
Pete Farndon Composer
Mitchell Froom Producer
Julie Gardner Engineer
Howard Gray Engineer
Stephen Hague Producer
Mike Hazelwood Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
James Honeyman-Scott Composer
Chrissie Hynde Composer, Author
Bill Inglot Remastering
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Tom Kelly Composer
Bruce Lampcov Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
David Lord String Arrangements
Nick Lowe Producer, Author
Johnny Marr Composer
Mark McEntee Composer
John Metcalfe String Arrangements
Morrissey Composer
David Nicholas Engineer
Richard Norris Engineer
Steve Nye Engineer
Shelly Peiken Composer
Brian Potter Composer
Bill Price Engineer
Ian Samwell Composer
Adam Seymour Composer, Author
Ian Stanley Special Effects, Producer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Stephen Street Composer, Producer, Engineer
Warren Zevon Composer
Colin Greenwood Composer
Jonny Greenwood Composer
Ed O'Brien Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Jonathan Quarmby Producer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Brian Kehew Engineer
Richard Poindexter Composer
Robert Poindexter Composer
Thom Yorke Composer
Admiral S. Clay Wilson Poster Illustration
Robert Matheu Cover Photo
David Boucher Engineer
Doug Wynne Engineer
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams Engineer
Kevin Bacon Producer
Jackie Members Composer
Albert Hammond Jr. Composer
Kieron Tyler Annotation
Chris E. Thomas Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOOOONG overdue set is finest Boxset ever.

    I have owned dozens of BOXSETS. This one is the finest by far. All the familiar songs in their original versions, with the perfect mix of alternate versions (ANGEL OF THE MORNING, HUMAN), LIVE TRACKS, AND DEEP CUTS. The DVD is just enough to see the group in action, and I regret I missed them and the WHO last night in concert. I believe this is a better investment than the single CD re-issues. Artwork and commentary rates 5+ Stars. Perfect packaging. One minor comment-I'd like to have I'M NOT IN LOVE from the Indecent proposal soundtrack included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I would drink Ms. Hynde's bath water. Martin Chambers too.

    The Pretenders have been one of the few mmmm.. maybe the only group from the "New Wave" era to come through to the 21rst century reputation intact. The mates may have changed but the captain of the ship has held fast to her rock n' roll core. "This aint no party, this aint no disco, this aint no foolin around." It's the rock lifestyle personified in Ms. Chrissie Hynde and Co. This collection rocks through the past 20+ years. It is an essential collection for any true rock fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Set

    I like how this set gives about an equal amount of attention to each period in the Pretenders' career. I agree though with the poster who said an opportunity was missed by not including "Fast Or Slow". Also would like to have had "In The Sticks" on CD. Anyway, some of my favourite songs are on here ("Sense of Purpose", "977", "My City Was Gone", "The Adultress"). Chrissie rocks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Set ~ Nearly Perfect

    I give it four stars, as it has my three favorite tracks -- "Precious", "Bad Boys Get Spanked" and "Thumbelina". It doesn't get five stars because it left out a great song: "Fast Or Slow (The Law's The Law)", a Martin Chambers lead vocal, previously (and still) available only as the b-side to the "Show Me" single. That song deserves to be released on CD, and this was a great opportunity to do that.

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    Posted April 6, 2009

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