Live At The Santa Monica Civic, CA, 1981 is a live recording of The Pretenders that is sold as part of the two disc Pretenders II expanded and remastered version.
It was recorded at the Santa Monica Civic Center in Santa Monica, California on September 4, 1981. The Pretenders II album had been released a few weeks earlier in the States on 15 August 1981.
Songs On The Pretenders Live At The Santa Monica Civic 1981 – Pretenders II expanded and remastered version
This is going to get a little complicated as the package breaks down into three components across the two CDs:
CD 1 Studio recordings for the original Pretenders II album
1. The Adultress
2. Bad Boys Get Spanked
3. Message of Love
4. I Go to Sleep
5. Birds of Paradise
6. Talk of the Town
7. Pack It Up
8. Waste Not Want Not
9. Day After Day
10. Jealous Dogs
11. The English Rose
12. Louie Louie
CD 2 – Live Recording From The Santa Monica Civic
1. The Wait
2. The Adultress
3. Message of Love
4. Louie Louie
5. Talk of the Town
6. Birds of Paradise
7. The English Roses
8. Up the Neck
9. Bad Boys Get Spanked
10. Stop Your Sobbing
11. Private Life
13. Day After Day
14. Brass in Pocket
15. Higher and Higher
CD 2 – Extras
16. Talk of the Town – studio demo
17. I Go to Sleep – guitar version
18. Pack It Up – radio mix
The Pretenders at this stage were:
Chrissie Hynde – lead vocals and rhythm guitar
James Honeyman-Scott – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Pete Farndon – bass guitar, backing vocals
Martin Chambers – drums, backing vocals
Buying The Pretenders Live At The Santa Monica Civic 1981
You need to make sure that you get the two disc Pretenders II expanded and remastered version or possibly download the live tracks if that is the cheaper option.
It is available from Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk – iTunes – eBay
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
What do you think?
Is this the best live recording of The Pretenders?
I’ve included it in the poll to find the best live new wave and punk albums.