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Pretenders II (Deluxe Edition)

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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 /TiVo

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1
The Adultress (2018 Remaster)
00:03:58

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

2
Bad Boys Get Spanked (2018 Remaster)
00:04:06

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

3
Message of Love (2018 Remaster)
00:03:25

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

4
I Go to Sleep (2018 Remaster)
00:02:56

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Ray Davies, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

5
Birds of Paradise (2018 Remaster)
00:04:15

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, Recorded by - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

6
Talk of the Town (2018 Remaster)
00:02:44

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

7
Pack It Up (2018 Remaster)
00:03:51

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

8
Waste Not Want Not (2018 Remaster)
00:03:45

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

9
Day After Day (2018 Remaster)
00:03:46

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

10
Jealous Dogs (2018 Remaster)
00:05:37

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

11
The English Roses (2018 Remaster)
00:04:30

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

12
Louie Louie (2018 Remaster)
00:03:28

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

DISC 2

1
Talk of the Town (Demo)
00:02:48

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd.

2
What You Gonna Do About It
00:02:41

Brian Potter, Writer - Pete Farndon, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar - Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Performance - Pretenders, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, Remastering Engineer - Bill Inglot, Remastering Engineer - Ian Samwell, Writer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

3
I Go to Sleep (Guitar Version; Outtake)
00:03:00

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Ray Davies, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Pack It Up (Radio Mix; Outtake)
00:03:52

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - The Pretenders, MainArtist - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Real Records.

5
Day After Day (Single Mix)
00:03:59

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

6
In the Sticks
00:02:38

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals, Writer - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Records UK Limited.

7
Louie Louie (Monitor Mix)
00:03:33

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981, 2018 Warner Music UK Limited

8
Precious (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
00:03:28

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer, Additional Keyboards - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - Steve Nye, Additional Recording

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Space Invader (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
00:02:41

Pete Farndon, Composer, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer, Additional Keyboards - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals - Pretenders, MainArtist - Steve Nye, Additional Recording

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Cuban Slide (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
00:04:37

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer, Additional Keyboards - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - Steve Nye, Additional Recording

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Porcelain (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
00:04:17

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer, Additional Keyboards - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - Steve Nye, Additional Recording

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Tattooed Love Boys (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
00:03:46

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer, Additional Keyboards - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - Steve Nye, Additional Recording

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Up The Neck (Live in Central Park, August 1980)
00:05:43

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer, Additional Keyboards - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - Steve Nye, Additional Recording

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

DISC 3

1
The Wait (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:19

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Writer, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, RecordingEngineer - Harriet Bellush, Producer - Sam Kooper, Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

2
The Adultress (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:04:06

Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer - Eric Heywood, Steel Guitar - James Walbourne, Guitar - Nick Wilkinson, Bass - Starfleet Blair, Inc., Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Message of Love (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:29

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - STEPHEN STREET, Producer - ED STASIUM, RecordingEngineer - Harriet Bellush, Producer - Sam Kooper, Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Louie Louie (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:47

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1980, 1981 Real Records.

5
Talk of the Town (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:19

Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer - Francois Lamoureux, MasteringEngineer - Eric Heywood, Steel Guitar - James Walbourne, Guitar - Nick Wilkinson, Bass

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd.

6
Birds of Paradise (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:04:15

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
The English Roses (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:04:49

Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer - Eric Heywood, Steel Guitar - James Walbourne, Guitar - Nick Wilkinson, Bass - Starfleet Blair, Inc., Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Stop Your Sobbing (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:39

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals - Ray Davies, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, RecordingEngineer - Harriet Bellush, Producer - Sam Kooper, Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd.

9
Private Life (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:07:06

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, RecordingEngineer - Harriet Bellush, Producer - Sam Kooper, Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Kid (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:40

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, RecordingEngineer - Harriet Bellush, Producer - Sam Kooper, Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Day After Day (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:04:48

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Real Records.

12
Up the Neck (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:06:01

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - James Honeyman-Scott, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, RecordingEngineer - Harriet Bellush, Producer - Sam Kooper, Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd.

13
Bad Boys Get Spanked (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:15

Pete Farndon, Vocals, Bass - Jim Wilson, Trumpet - James Honeyman-Scott, Keyboards, Vocals - Chris Mercer, Tenor Saxophone - Geoff Bryant, French Horn - Jeremy Green, AssistantEngineer - Jon Walls, AssistantEngineer - Martin Chambers, Drums, Vocals - Bill Price, RecordingEngineer - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Henry Lowther, Trumpet - Pretenders, MainArtist

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Tattooed Love Boys (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:41

Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer - Eric Heywood, Steel Guitar - James Walbourne, Guitar - Nick Wilkinson, Bass - Starfleet Blair, Inc., Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Real Records.

15
Precious (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:05:03

Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer - Eric Heywood, Steel Guitar - James Walbourne, Guitar - Nick Wilkinson, Bass - Starfleet Blair, Inc., Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Real Records.

16
Brass in Pocket (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:03:18

James Honeyman-Scott, Writer - Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Production - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Mystery Achievment (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:05:31

Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer - Eric Heywood, Steel Guitar - James Walbourne, Guitar - Nick Wilkinson, Bass - Starfleet Blair, Inc., Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Real Records.

18
Higher and Higher (Live in Santa Monica, Sept. 1981)
00:04:22

Gary Jackson, Writer - Martin Chambers, Drums - CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - Chrissie Hynde, Guitar, Vocals - Pretenders, MainArtist - ED STASIUM, MixingEngineer - Eric Heywood, Steel Guitar - James Walbourne, Guitar - Nick Wilkinson, Bass - Carl Smith, Writer - Raynard Miner, Writer - Starfleet Blair, Inc., Producer

© 2021 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 1981 Real Records.

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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