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The Pretenders – Pretenders II (Deluxe Edition) (1980/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Pretenders – Pretenders II (Deluxe Edition) (1980/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 02:50:52 minutes | 3,80 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © WM UK

The Pretenders’ debut album was such a powerful, monumental record that its sequel was bound to be a bit of a disappointment, and Pretenders II is. Essentially, this album is an unabashed sequel, offering more of the same sound, attitude, and swagger, including titles that seem like rips on their predecessors and another Ray Davies cover. This gives the record a bit too much of a pat feeling, especially since the band seems to have a lost a bit of momentum – they don’t rock as hard, Chrissie Hynde’s songwriting isn’t as consistent, James Honeyman-Scott isn’t as inventive or clever. These all are disappointments, yet this first incarnation of the Pretenders was a tremendous band, and even if they offer diminished returns, it’s still diminished returns on good material, and much of…

The Pretenders’ debut album was such a powerful, monumental record that its sequel was bound to be a bit of a disappointment, and Pretenders II is. Essentially, this album is an unabashed sequel, offering more of the same sound, attitude, and swagger, including titles that seem like rips on their predecessors and another Ray Davies cover. This gives the record a bit too much of a pat feeling, especially since the band seems to have a lost a bit of momentum — they don’t rock as hard, Chrissie Hynde’s songwriting isn’t as consistent, James Honeyman-Scott isn’t as inventive or clever. These all are disappointments, yet this first incarnation of the Pretenders was a tremendous band, and even if they offer diminished returns, it’s still diminished returns on good material, and much of Pretenders II is quite enjoyable. Yes, it’s a little slicker and more stylized than its predecessor, and, yes, there’s a little bit of filler, yet any album where rockers as tough as “Message of Love” and “The Adultress” are balanced by a pop tune as lovely as “Talk of the Town” is hard to resist. And when you realize that this fantastic band only recorded two albums, you take that second album, warts and all, because the teaming of Hynde and Honeyman-Scott was one of the great pairs, and it’s utterly thrilling to hear them together, even when the material isn’t quite up to the high standards they set the first time around. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
CD 01

1. The Pretenders – The Adultress (2018 Remaster)
2. The Pretenders – Bad Boys Get Spanked (2018 Remaster)
3. The Pretenders – Message of Love (2018 Remaster)
4. The Pretenders – I Go to Sleep (2018 Remaster)
5. The Pretenders – Birds of Paradise (2018 Remaster)
6. The Pretenders – Talk of the Town (2018 Remaster)
7. The Pretenders – Pack It Up (2018 Remaster)
8. The Pretenders – Waste Not Want Not (2018 Remaster)
9. The Pretenders – Day After Day (2018 Remaster)
10. The Pretenders – Jealous Dogs (2018 Remaster)
11. The Pretenders – The English Roses (2018 Remaster)
12. The Pretenders – Louie Louie (2018 Remaster)

CD 02

1. The Pretenders – Talk of the Town (Demo)
2. The Pretenders – What You Gonna Do About It
3. The Pretenders – I Go to Sleep (Guitar Version; Outtake)
4. The Pretenders – Pack It Up (Radio Mix; Outtake)
5. The Pretenders – Day After Day (Single Mix)
6. The Pretenders – In the Sticks
7. The Pretenders – Louie Louie (Monitor Mix)
8. The Pretenders – Precious (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
9. The Pretenders – Space Invader (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
10. The Pretenders – Cuban Slide (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
11. The Pretenders – Porcelain (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
12. The Pretenders – Tattooed Love Boys (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
13. The Pretenders – Up The Neck (Live in Central Park, August 1980)

CD 03

1. The Pretenders – The Wait (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
2. The Pretenders – The Adultress (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
3. The Pretenders – Message of Love (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
4. The Pretenders – Louie Louie (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
5. The Pretenders – Talk of the Town (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
6. The Pretenders – Birds of Paradise (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
7. The Pretenders – The English Roses (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
8. The Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
9. The Pretenders – Private Life (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
10. The Pretenders – Kid (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
11. The Pretenders – Day After Day (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
12. The Pretenders – Up the Neck (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
13. The Pretenders – Bad Boys Get Spanked (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
14. The Pretenders – Tattooed Love Boys (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
15. The Pretenders – Precious (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
16. The Pretenders – Brass in Pocket (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
17. The Pretenders – Mystery Achievment (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
18. The Pretenders – Higher and Higher (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)

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