Pretenders II - WIC 5028 (Condition 75-80%)

The success of the Pretenders' debut album in 1980 created a great demand for more material from the fledgling band; however, a lack of songs precluded the quick release of a follow-up album. In the UK, the band released two hit singles in 1980 and early 1981: "Talk of the Town" and "Message of Love," respectively. In the US, where standalone singles had become rare, these tracks were combined with three others for a stopgap EP release called Extended Play, in March 1981. Their second album, Pretenders II, was released a scant two months later, to mixed critical reception, partly because two of the better songs on the album had been previously released, and partly because many of the songs were viewed as overly-similar (though not quite as groundbreaking) to the band's debut. Nevertheless, several of the album's songs became hits and the album has increased in critical stature with time.

The album is notable for the inclusion of a cover of The Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" (they had covered that band's "Stop Your Sobbing" on their debut album, and band leader Chrissie Hynde would have a personal relationship with Kinks' frontman Ray Davies), as well as the sexually-forward tunes "Bad Boys Get Spanked" and "The Adultress". Perhaps the album's most ambitious track, "Day After Day" spins a common second-album narrative of unaccustomed celebrity, with the band rushing from gig to gig, hotel to hotel, head-spun from the swiftness of it all. The song ends suddenly, mid-guitar-solo, with the sound of a crashing fighter plane. The song "Louie, Louie" is an original composition and not a version of identically titled and often covered song by Richard Berry.

The album would be the final release from the original line-up of the band, as shortly afterwards the band would be fractured by the drug abuse that would take the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon, leading to a long recording hiatus.

Twenty years after its release, it was certified gold (500,000 sold) in 2001.

This is the first album to be released while their producer, Chris Thomas, was working with Elton John.

Rhino released a re-mastered edition of Pretenders II in 2006, including with it a second disc of live tracks and outtakes. On disc two, tracks 1–3, 5–6, 8–13, and 15 originally appeared as a Warner Bros. promotional live album, Pretenders Live at the Santa Monica Civic, from 1982. Tracks 4 and 7 appeared as b-sides to the single release of "I Go to Sleep". Tracks 14 and 16–18 are previously unreleased.

Specialist label Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs known as MFSL or MoFi released a re-mastered version in 2010. Using their in-house GAIN II process in the remastering process it is also presented in the Hybrid SACD format but omits any 5.1 option. Packaged in a high quality replica vinyl sleeve, this is for those demanding the absolute best in reproduction. The track listing however reverts to that of the original release i.e. no bonus tracks.

The front cover portrait was photographed by Gavin Cochrane.

Record Details
Title Pretenders II - WIC 5028 (Condition 75-80%)
Artist Pretenders II, Chrissie Hynde , Pete Farndon, Martin Chambers, James Honeyman Scott, Chris Mercer, Henry Lowther, Jim Wilson, Geoff Bryant & Chris Thomas
Producer Chris Thomas
Instruments Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Lead Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet & French Horn
Releasing Year 1981
Genre Private Songs
Language English
Label WB
Made In India
Manufacture Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Serial No. WIC 5028
Side One
  • The Adultress
 
  • Bad Boys Get Spanked
 
  • Message of Love
 
  • I Go to Sleep
 
  • Birds of Paradise
 
  • Talk of the Town
 
Side Two
  • Pack It Up
 
  • Waste Not Want Not
 
  • Day After Day
 
  • Jealous Dogs
 
  • The English Roses
 
  • Louie Louie
 
Specification
Size 12 Inches
Speed 33 RPM
Record Condtion 75-80%
Cover Condition Excellent
 
Artist
Artist - 1 Pretenders II
Artist - 2 Chrissie Hynde 
Artist - 3 Pete Farndon
Artist - 4 Martin Chambers
Artist - 5 James Honeyman Scott
Artist - 6 Chris Mercer
Artist - 7 Henry Lowther
Artist - 8 Jim Wilson
Artist - 9 Geoff Bryant
Artist - 10 Chris Thomas
Instruments
Instrument - 1 Rhythm Guitar
Instrument - 2 Bass Guitar
Instrument - 5 Tenor Saxophone
Instrument - 6 Trumpet
Instrument - 7 French Horn
Instrument - 13 Drums
Instrument - 14 Lead Guitar
Producer
Producer - 1 Chris Thomas
Record Details
Genre Private Songs
Label WB
Language English
Releasing Year 1981
Size 12 Inches
Speed 33 RPM
Songs
Side1 - Song1 The Adultress
Side1 - Song2 Bad Boys Get Spanked
Side1 - Song3 Message of Love
Side1 - Song4 I Go to Sleep
Side1 - Song5 Birds of Paradise
Side1 - Song6 Talk of the Town
Side2 - Song1 Pack It Up
Side2 - Song2 Waste Not Want Not
Side2 - Song3 Day After Day
Side2 - Song4 Jealous Dogs
Side2 - Song5 The English Roses
Side2 - Song6 Louie Louie

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Pretenders II - WIC 5028 (Condition 75-80%)

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