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Pretenders II [Bonus Disc]

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Pretenders 10/3/2006

Review

The Pretenders' second album received a much-deserved upgrade in the fall of 2006, as Rhino reissued it as a double-disc set containing a remastered version of the original album on the first disc and a wealth of rarities on the second. If this bonus disc pales in comparison to the bonus disc on the reissue of The Pretenders, it's because it packs few revelations or unexpected rarities among its 18 tracks. Which isn't to say that there's a lot of familiar recordings here: all but two of the tracks are previously unreleased, but all but three are live tracks. Since the original lineup of the Pretenders was one of the great rock & roll bands of its time, these live tracks are all very good, bordering on excellent, but it's not quite the same as hearing rough demos and unheard songs, which is what makes the bonus disc on The Pretenders so good. That said, the live cuts here are all excellent, the demo of "Talk of the Town" is fine, and the alternate guitar version of "I Go to Sleep" is worth having, so this will hardly be a disappointment to those who love the album. In fact, since this lineup of the Pretenders didn't leave much of a recorded legacy behind, it's easy to argue that this is closer to being essential than being a curiosity for those who love this band. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Adultress Pretenders 3:58
  3. 2 Bad Boys Get Spanked Pretenders 4:7
  4. 3 Message of Love Pretenders 3:25
  5. 4 I Go to Sleep Pretenders 2:56
  6. 5 Birds of Paradise Pretenders 4:15
  7. 6 Talk of the Town Pretenders 2:43
  8. 7 Pack It Up Pretenders 3:50
  9. 8 Waste Not Want Not Pretenders 3:45
  10. 9 Day After Day Pretenders 3:46
  11. 10 Jealous Dogs Pretenders 5:36
  12. 11 The English Roses Pretenders 4:28
  13. 12 Louie Louie Pretenders 3:29
  14. 1 The Wait Pretenders 3:23
  15. 2 The Adultress Pretenders 4:6
  16. 3 Message of Love Pretenders 3:28
  17. 4 Louie Louie Pretenders 3:43
  18. 5 Talk of the Town Pretenders 3:18
  19. 6 Birds of Paradise Pretenders 4:18
  20. 7 The English Roses Pretenders 4:51
  21. 8 Up the Neck Pretenders 6:1
  22. 9 Bad Boys Get Spanked Pretenders 3:6
  23. 10 Stop Your Sobbing Pretenders 3:27
  24. 11 Private Life Pretenders 7:4
  25. 12 Kid Pretenders 3:48
  26. 13 Day After Day Pretenders 4:41
  27. 14 Brass in the Pocket Pretenders 3:17
  28. 15 Higher and Higher Pretenders 4:17
  29. 16 Talk of the Town Pretenders 2:46
  30. 17 I Go to Sleep [Previously Unreleased][Outtake][Guitar Version - Outtake] Pretenders 2:58
  31. 18 Pack It Up [Previously Unreleased][Radio Mix - Outtake][Outtake] Pretenders 3:50

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