February 14, 2012 – 3:17 pm

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Rarities [no label, 1CD]

Rare and/or discontinued tracks.

Collector and music fan Philip Cohen embarks on another labour of love as he compiles this disc of Pretenders rarities - a collection of live tracks, film soundtrack songs and one 12-inch extended mix.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks are out of print.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. 1969 (4.5MB)
Track 02. Kid (remix) (8.5MB)
Track 03. Samurai (street version) (9.2MB)
Track 04. Spirit of Life (6.5MB)
Track 05. Where Has Every Body Gone (5.7MB)
Track 06. If There Was a Man (4.6MB)
Track 07. Precious (live) (5.2MB)
Track 08. Room Full of Mirrors (extended 12-inch single version) (14.6MB)
Track 09. I’m Not In Love (6.1MB)
Track 10. Hollywood Perfume (live) (6.7MB)
Track 11. Kid (live) (6.3MB)
Track 12. I’ll Stand By You (live) (6.5MB)
Track 13. Back on The Chain Gang (live) (7.0MB)
Track 14. Night in My Veins (live) (6.0MB)
Track 15. Precious (live) (6.9MB)
16. The Needle and The Damage Done - Omitted*

*Available on The Pretenders’ Pirate Radio boxset.

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  2. Philip:
    Is it possible for you to ID the sources of these tracks? there are a few I am unable to conclusively source…
    Thanks very much!

    By rick on Feb 14, 2012

  3. nice stuff the cover of 10cc`s tune..always loved that song anyhow and this is a great version…thanks again..

    By sluggo on Feb 14, 2012

  4. you can pull track 16 from youtube.

    By sluggo on Feb 14, 2012

  5. I would like to hear more popular covers made
    by the pretenders because they cover as they
    play their own material and it looks like new
    material,they are good (re)designers :)
    thank you for this one

    By easynow on Feb 14, 2012

  6. yeah but the youtube needle and damage is live. is the omitted track that belongs on here live? is the only one that shows up on a youtube search the same one that would be here if it hadnt been omitted? if i am to add it to my copy of this cd for completion and i wish to continue to be anal (haha) is the one that sluggo mentions the correct one? thank u his sluggoness.

    By darth on Feb 15, 2012

  7. Darth,

    Re: 16. The Needle and The Damage Done - Omitted*
    *Available on The Pretenders’ Pirate Radio boxset.

    Needle And The Damage Done, on Pirate Radio, clocks in at 3:46, is a studio version, and is listed in the box notes as a Viva El Amor! session outtake. If you still have my email address, drop me a line, and I’ll pop it over to you.


    By rick on Feb 15, 2012

  8. darth,
    never mind. found your email address & sent it. hope it makes it through the airwaves….

    By rick on Feb 15, 2012

  9. darth-nope, won’t go. sorry. i tried…..

    By rick on Feb 15, 2012

  10. rick- did you use darth’s new email address? Find it in the comments here-

    And thank you Philip & BigO for the Pretenders!

    By sking on Feb 15, 2012

  11. the only one i found on youtube was the live version. i did not find any studio version on youtube at all.
    my email address is now [email protected]
    u can post youtube links here u know.
    i downloaded the live version from youtube.
    i lost my old address with aol so i have no old information that i had such as means to contact anyone who i have had previous contact with. its up to everyone to contact me who wishes to remain in touch please.
    thank u for the efforts rick and sking.
    so far i have received nothing however.

    By darth on Feb 15, 2012

  12. Specifics on each song

    By DanC on Feb 15, 2012

  13. Great share. Oh oh oh oh, whoa whoa so well sung by Chrissie.

    Kid and Back On The Chain Gang. What a time it was when those songs were new to everyone.

    By JALtheImpaler on Feb 15, 2012

  14. Thanks Dan C. The thing about that link is that it doesn’t list the seven live tracks. Appreciate the link, though….

    By rick on Feb 15, 2012

  15. Sorry Rick. Didn’t look that carefully… :(

    By DanC on Feb 15, 2012

  16. whew! here it is, if anyone cares now:

    1: V/A: 1969 soundtrack, 1988 • 2: Kid b-side (UK), 1987 • 3: Popstar b-side, 1999 • 4: Never Do That b-side, 1990 • 5 & 6: V/A: The Living Daylights soundtrack, 1987 • 7: Extended Play EP, 1981 (Central Park, NYC, 8/30/80) • 8: Hymn To Her b-side, 1986 • 9: V/A: Indecent Proposal soundtrack, 1993 • 10-15: 977, UK Limited Edition 2-cd EP, 1994 (Glastonbury Festival, UK, 6/25/94)

    By rick on Feb 16, 2012

  17. Thanks for sharing–I saw them live w/Simple Minds in 1982 or 1983 in Portland, Maine. They put on a great show even for a 3/4 full arena in the sticks.

    By Eric on Feb 19, 2012

  18. Hey Rick, Thanks for the info regarding the tracks. Much appreciated.

    By Bill H. on Feb 19, 2012

  19. Hello Rick

    Yes, thanks for the effort. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 19, 2012

  20. ill never forget the 1st time i heard talk of the town
    then i heard precious & i thought goddammit this band makes you feel good to be alive thannk you chrissie i love you

    By 999 on Feb 19, 2012

  21. Fond memories of seeing the original bandin 1982 at the Civic Center in San Diego, on the tour for their second album. Saw them again at the US Festival, then again on the tour for the 3rd album. RIP JHS and PF.

    By Soldout in SF on Feb 22, 2012

  22. WOW! Thank you. 1969 - A Stooges cover! More wow.

    By datdemdar on Feb 27, 2012

  23. Thanks for your great collections Phil and BigO for sharing them.

    By Matt on Mar 1, 2012

  24. Phil, I collect this band & have lots of stuff that will never make the latest 22 CD / DVD box set released in Feb 2015. Funny how “My City Is Gone (12″ Version) avoids release as well.

    By JudeMac on Dec 21, 2014

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