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Public Image Ltd (PiL) are an English post-punk band formed by vocalist John Lydon, guitarist Keith Levene and bassist Jah Wobble, with frequent subsequent personnel changes. Lydon is the sole constant member of the band.

Lydon emerged after the break-up of the Sex Pistols with PiL's First Issue (1978). His new band had a more experimental sound: Wobble's "droning, ... Read more in Amazon's Public Image Limited Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (14 Dec. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin/EMI
  • ASIN: B002VVI53A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Public Image
2. The Cowboy Song
3. Theme
4. Religion I
5. Religion II
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Another
2. Albatross
3. Socialist
4. The Suit
5. Bad Baby
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. This Is Not A Love Song (12'' Remix)
2. Blue Water
3. Bad Life (Single Version)
4. Question Mark
5. Solitaire
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Seattle
2. Angry
3. The Body (US 12'' Mix)
4. Selfish Rubbish
5. Disappointed
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

A complete box set spanning Public Image's entire career, including exclusive live sessions and remastered tracks.

Review

The first half is devoted to the band's first three studio LPs cut over four years, while the second half covers the remainder. Listeners get the entirety of Public Image/First Edition sans "Fodderstompf." The majority of Metal Box (issued as Second Edition in the U.S.) is included, with three of the original versions sacrificed for Peel Session counterparts that really take the cake. "Careering" is especially wonderful and harrowing, arguably the collective's finest recorded moment. Keith Levene goes bonkers with the keyboards, perhaps fostering the increased intensity amongst the remaining members. The 12" mix of "Swan Lake" ("Death Disco") gets the box set upgrade too, as well as a couple other worthwhile Metal Box outtakes. Closing out the second disc is the entirety of The Flowers of Romance, sequentially shuffled with an additional non-album track. The second half of Plastic Box hits upon each of the remaining studio LPs, with the odd rarity, single mix and Peel Session thrown in for completist bait. For those who want improved sound over their early CD issues, the money spent is a smart investment. A quick comparison of the first 20 seconds of "Annalisa" to the version found on an old copy of Public Image should be evidence enough; the bassline of "Chant" makes the gut feel as if it's being endlessly pummelled by a bouncing battering ram. Though vast and relatively pricey, Plastic Box is an excellent introduction, if only for the adventurous. -- All Music

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on 23 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
There is no way this set could receive anything less than 5 stars, if nothing else, because the material is as good and as important as it is. That said, there are some significant omissions. This is not the fault of the band members, but rather that of the record label. In fact, John Lydon and Martin Atkins both stated their desire to have more in the way of rare material contained on this 4-CD boxed set; however, and as is usually the case, the record company had the final say.

The first giant ommission is the album Commercial Zone (the last studio album to feature Keith Levene, but never officially released). Unfortunately, its inclusion was never a possibility. Besides the bad blood that exists between the band members, there are licensing issues involved that will keep this title forever in unofficial bootleg or download world. It does appear (along with outtakes) on a long out-of-print Japanese issue: Never Mind the Public Image. Amazon.com lists it as 'currently unavailable' but you might have some luck if you Google the title and find a Japanese site that still has it available.

The remaining tracks from the vaults that could have appeared, but didn't, are another matter. These include:
- 7" version of Memories, which is completely different from the album version
- Albatross (complete Monitor Mix), Death Disco (complete Monitor Mix) and Albatross (the Melodrama Mix); all available as bonus tracks on John Lydon's DVD
- Vampire (a famous outtake from the Flowers of Romance album)
- Flowers of Romance (instrumental version from 12" single)
- Rise (instrumental B-side from Single)
- Religion '87 & The Suit '87 (tracks from the unrealized Renovations project, which is just as well...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christof on 6 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A must have if you want an introduction to Pil. Contains nearly all the important tracks, only a few missing really. A bit difficult to listen to this all the way through though, a bit of a muchness. The first two CD's are the better, before the introduction of the 80's production sound, i.e sharp drums with little reverb -grating.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HeavyDutyTrellis on 10 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is an astonishing collection that as a whole does some justice to some of it`s individual parts.lets face it,some of PIL`s albums are unfathomable rubbish with an odd decent track thrown in here and there.
this collection takes you from "Public image" and "flowers of romance" through the more obscure blue peter period to "album" and then further on to "9" and "that what is not" with some Miami vice style remixes thrown in for added fun.
I paid about £12 for my copy which is a bargain for those like myself replacing aged vinyl or for those new to PIL the whole story in one cheap box.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mister joe on 1 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A few thoughts on this brillantly priced Public Image Ltd boxset...
1.Johnny Rotten,John Lydon....with time even the most obnoxious rebels seem to cuddle up to the bosom of mainstream acceptance.
Over the years i do kind of feel embarrassed for Lydon as he is wheeled out in interviews as a rent a gob,at times it borders on the drunk uncle dancing at a wedding scenario.
I don't begrudge his blooming status as a national treasure of sorts,lordy knows he has earnt it i just don't know about the butter adverts,the interviews where Lydon addresses the state of a country he no longer lives in and hasn't for a long time.
Believe it or not Lydon,however he presents it lives in relative affluence,is married to a millionaire heiress and has an extensive property portfolio.
2.The first cd of this box set is simply awesome.I think it covers tracks off the first albums and a few live cuts.The absolute epitome of post punk music as i believe to know it.Public Image,Religion,Theme,Death Disco...immense,brilliant music that cuts,grooves,screams....iconoclastic,visceral stuff.
3.When i read Lydon's autobiography i remember coming away thinking there is so much more to the guy then the belching,boozed up persona.It in fact became very clear Lydon hides behind this persona.He is rather sensitive and insecure to be honest.
Its a shame i think this over shadows his work and the innovation of it.
4.You have another three discs containing further tracks off such albums as Flowers Of Romance,Album,Happy?Its a stonking set though i know albums aren't in full so i may have to purchase actual albums individually.Never the less its a good introductory set at great price.
5.I am now very much looking forward to the new album out later this month.
6.Bless John Lydon,sod all the faults the guys a king amongst men.
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It's P.I.L. simple really. Like Marmite either you like'em or you don't! I do. Pretty hard going listening to all four CD's at once and the track 'chant' still fries my head. Not all is good. I mean does anyone really listen to The Cowboy Song? John Lydon does The Beatles no 9 (from the white album) self indulgent garbage. There is more good than bad here.
Should you buy it, yes absolutely. A terrific way of getting most of the early P.I L. stuff in one box and cheap too.
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Format: Audio CD
The annoying thing in this set is the version of THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG is nothing like the 45rpm 7" single version. I prefer that much more.
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