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Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde ... Read more in Amazon's The Pretenders Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002KME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Adultress (Album Version)
2. Bad Boys Get Spanked (Album Version)
3. Message Of Love (Album Version)
4. I Go To Sleep (Album Version)
5. Birds Of Paradise (Album Version)
6. Talk Of The Town (Album Version)
7. Pack It Up (Album Version)
8. Waste Not Want Not (Album Version)
9. Day After Day (Album Version)
10. Jealous Dogs (Album Version)
11. The English Roses (Album Version)
12. Louie Louie (Album Version)

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Funny to think that in this day and age of insta-rebellion, just-add-water-and-medication tabloid mock rock that this band chose THIS name. Truth be told they were anything but. Formed at the tail end of 1978 around a nucleus of ex-journo/scenester, Chrissie Hynde and bassist ex-beau, Pete Farndon, this amalgamation of retro-rock and gritty post-punk observation was, by the time they released this, their second album, living on borrowed time. Within a year both Farndon and guitarist James Honeyman-Scott would be dead. Both of drug overdoses. But in the manner of all true stars, this lot did burn very brightly while it lasted.

The band's first album contained everything that made them such an instant success and also ideal candidates to take UK new wave's gospel across the pond. It melded classic Brit songcraft (Ray Davies' "Stop Your Sobbing") with instant pop-rock classics of their own (Kid, Brass In Pocket) and slightly transgressive sexual tale-telling (Private Lives, Tattooed Love Boys). What's more the unique American voice of Hynde matched with the tribal beat of Martin Chambers and spangly guitar of Honeyman-Scott was as close to perfect as a band could get in the late 70s. Yet excessive touring combined with the aforementioned substance abuse helped the creative juices stall somewhat. It was difficult second album time.

Critically roasted for its copycat stylings, II WAS a slight disappointment at the time. It had ANOTHER Ray Davies song (the gorgeous "I Go To Sleep") and more transgressive silliness ("Bad Boys Get Spanked", "The Adultress"). Also the other hits ("Message Of Love" and "Talk Of The Town") had been released months beforehand. And yet, history, in this case has been kind. Stripped of the makeweight associations II is a shining example of all that was great about this line up.

Honeyman-Scott on "Message Of Love is peerless in his flanged , six-string attack, spraying lovely chords over Hynde's aching vocal. The yearning on "Talk Of The Town" is also palpable. Hynde was not just a feminist icon but a deeply moving performer. Listening to the travelogue/turmoil of "Day After Day" also tragically shows that the band were well aware of how living on the edge was going to end in tears.

Within months it was all over, and though Hynde and Chambers returned it could never be the same. Luckily we still have this to remind us... --Chris Jones

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I played the first Pretenders album to death (& still do!), so when Pretenders II was eventually released I was half expecting an anticlimax. I was happily proved wrong, though not as raw as the original, this album has it's own unique qualities. The tracks are varied and interesting. There are beautiful ballads, "English Rose, Birds of Paradise" (both should have been singles in their own right), blues, "Waste not want not" and classy rock, "Day after Day, Jealous Dogs, Talk of the Town". Don't just take my word, you will find four singles in this album, but they are all equally good in their own right except for one, "Louie Louie", a "filler" track. I f you only ever buy two Pretenders albums, buy this and the first Pretenders release. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. KNEALE on 3 July 2009
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Pretenders II was always my favourite album of theirs - their last swansong in my opinion, before the soul of the band was ripped out with the death of Jimmy. Poor Pete had just been fired and met his sad end the following year also. Maybe not as "gutsy" as the first album, but definitely more refined with some beautifully-written songs, from the full on rock of Pack It Up to the excellent and wistful English Roses.

But that's just the original album. Now remastered, and presented in a lovely gatefold sleeve which has all the original photos plus two great shots of Jimmy and Pete - a very nice tribute. Also has a 16-page booklet briefly covering the 1981 tour from which the second disc is composed - yes, a whole 18 songs from a band that was at their peak! If you ever liked the Pretenders then you will love this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sarah E. Tarrant on 27 Jun. 2012
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On its original release back in 1981 this album was one of the first I bought and hoping to rekindle fond childhood memories prompted my checking out this lavish two disc release. For me this was definitely money worth spent as the songs are still as fresh and dynamically appealing as I remember them all those years ago. The first disc offers up the standard twelve track studio album where naturally the single releases `I Go To Sleep', `Talk of the Town' and `Day After Day' shine brightest. However there are some mighty impressive album tracks that are just as appealing. I love `The English Roses' and the raunchy fast paced rock tempo of `Bad Boys Get Spanked' complete with occasional whip cracks and screams. Praise is indeed due for offering up a second disc presenting fifteen live songs plus three rarities weighing in at an impressive seventy-four minutes. On stage I feel that they really are great and particularly enjoy the guitar solo that concludes `Day After Day'.

Let's talk packaging for a moment and it's a sturdy three panel ridged cardboard container with three sleeves, one each for the discs and the other contains a highly informative sixteen page booklet. Thumb through this and you'll count six pages of sleeve notes about the group during 1981, the album tracks and `a word on the bonus material' which is embellished by rare photos of the band on stage and in America throughout rubbing shoulders with the text. Very pleased to find four pages of song lyrics particularly for `Louie Louie', the enjoyable closing track on the album which I didn't exactly know the words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zamby on 8 July 2013
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My favourite Pretenders album (though I've yet to engage with the third, and wondering why I haven't done so yet). There is a rawness and energy here not found on the first. I prefer the more live feel and in-your-faceness of this collection over the more mainstream sound of songs like Brass in Pocket. Okay so "Bad boys get spanked" is silly, but it's gloriously silly. The sequencing of the songs keeps the momentum going from start to end. No filler. Don't forget the wonderful "I go to sleep..." There's nothing to fault here for me - I enjoyed it when it first came out, and still love it now.

(After this, it's the Isle of View album I keep coming back to.)
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