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Pretenders II
     

Pretenders II

by Pretenders
 

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The Pretenders' second album received a much-deserved upgrade in the fall of 2006, as Rhino reissued it as a double-disc set containing a remastered version of the original album on the first disc and a wealth of rarities on the second. If this bonus disc pales in comparison to the bonus disc on the reissue of The Pretenders, it's because it packs few

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The Pretenders' second album received a much-deserved upgrade in the fall of 2006, as Rhino reissued it as a double-disc set containing a remastered version of the original album on the first disc and a wealth of rarities on the second. If this bonus disc pales in comparison to the bonus disc on the reissue of The Pretenders, it's because it packs few revelations or unexpected rarities among its 18 tracks. Which isn't to say that there's a lot of familiar recordings here: all but two of the tracks are previously unreleased, but all but three are live tracks. Since the original lineup of the Pretenders was one of the great rock & roll bands of its time, these live tracks are all very good, bordering on excellent, but it's not quite the same as hearing rough demos and unheard songs, which is what makes the bonus disc on The Pretenders so good. That said, the live cuts here are all excellent, the demo of "Talk of the Town" is fine, and the alternate guitar version of "I Go to Sleep" is worth having, so this will hardly be a disappointment to those who love the album. In fact, since this lineup of the Pretenders didn't leave much of a recorded legacy behind, it's easy to argue that this is closer to being essential than being a curiosity for those who love this band.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227417727
catalogNumber:
74177

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Performance Credits

Pretenders   Primary Artist
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Geoff Bryant   French Horn
Martin Chambers   Drums,Vocals
Pete Farndon   Bass Guitar,Vocals
James Honeyman-Scott   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Chrissie Hynde   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Mercer   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Wilson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Pretenders   Producer
Chris Thomas   Audio Production
Ray Davies   Composer
Pete Farndon   Composer
James Honeyman-Scott   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Bill Inglot   Reissue Producer
Gary Jackson   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer
R. Davies   Composer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Kevin Cummins   Reissue Photography
Chris E. Thomas   Producer
James McNair   Liner Notes
Harriet Bellush   Executive Producer
Steven Canavan   Director
Sam Lopper   Executive Producer
Tom Sheehan   Reissue Photography

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