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on 8 October 2009
I have owned "The Isle Of View" on CD since the week it was first released in 1995. Shortly after the release, the performance movie was shown on UK television and I had wanted to buy the film ever since.

The chance to buy a fresh copy of the CD along with the precious DVD arrived with this (US released) package. Not only that, the track listing on this new CD was slightly different to my English and 1995 vintage copy. A chance to see and hear The Pretenders performing "Creep" by Radiohead was simply to good to miss!

The good news: the DVD is how I seem to remember the TV broadcast, but seems to be an even longer. Possibly the Beeb (I think it was them) showed a slightly abridged version all those years ago, but there certainly seems more. In this case, more IS more, with every track a gem. Fine performances by the band, the Duke Quartet on strings, and Damon Albarn on piano for one track. Great stuff.

The bad news; the CD is The Pants. The track editting sounds like it has been conducted by some amphetamine-fuelled monkey. Every track seems to start with an ultra swift transition from silence to full-volume, but only when the band are actually into the song. Similarly, no sooner has the first ripple of applause heralded the beginning of the end of the song, then the song is cut to silence in double-quick time. The concept of segueing the applause in order to maintain the mood is clearly wasted on whoever was allowed to cut this mix. Amateur hour at Warners!

If you want to see The Pretenders performing some wonderful songs in a different manner to their original record release, then buy this release for the DVD alone, or try to to get the DVD on its own if it is at all available.

On the other hand, if you want to hear the songs as Stephen Street and his production team originally intended, please do NOT buy this package. It's a duffer and you are better off trying to get the original CD only release, which I think is being imported and is available.
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on 7 April 2009
Absolutley superb performance from Chrissie Hynde and her band. This is a live and unplugged show from 1995 featuring classic versions of hits such as 'Back on the Chain Gang and 'Brass in Pocket'. Chrissie's voice is (and still is) just perfect in expressing emotion, from delicate soft tones to full on rock queen. Her cover of Radiohead's 'Creep' will send shivers up your spine!

I have recently rediscovered this band and this CD/DVD combo is excellent value and a great showcase for Chrissie and a great way to get to know her again! She is so underrated - their latest album 'Break up the Concrete' is packed with future Pretenders classics - go buy it!
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on 27 January 2000
All of the best Pretenders songs given a really effective acoustic treatment show that this album is no gimmick. One to listen to again and again
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on 25 August 2006
Isle of View is perhaps the best Pretenders CD as it really shows how good Chrissy Hynde is, as a song writer and singer.

All too often, `unplugged' albums are spineless, dull affairs where the star/band go through the motions to make some more money - not this one. The new arrangements are fresh, interesting and add something else to almost every number. Hymn to Her is a prime example, with Hynde accompanied only by an accordion. The band, led by Adam Seymour, is in excellent form.

The strings are used sparingly, but their contribution to songs like `Kid' really makes them special. The sound is warm and rich without being stodgy.

This is easily my favourite Pretenders album and in my all time top 20.
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on 10 December 2013
Saw this live performance when I was much younger (1995?) on BBC, I think. Then got the CD which was then lost in a burglary. Got another copy a few years ago but hadn't listened to it recently until tonight. I think it's the best of the 'unplugged' albums at that time and also the best Pretenders album.
Chrissie Hynde's vocals are immense.
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on 24 July 2014
I was so dissapointed that I had been sent a fake copy, which also had grubby mark on cd, yet repackaged with cellophane that I couldn't listen without judgement.
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on 29 October 2014
the voice of Chrissie Hynde is unmistakeable, her music has been pure genius over the years & the Pretenders are a much underated group.
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on 20 May 2010
I recently heard part of this CD at a HiFi show (Track - Private Life), worth it for this alone. Thoroughly recommend it!
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on 13 April 2015
Great live stuff.......Chrissie's a lovely as ever
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on 20 December 2014
Lovely, excellent addition to my cd collection
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