October 21, 2014 – 4:01 pm

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Chicago 1987 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Pavillion UIC, Chicago, IL; March 24, 1987. Very good to excellent FM broadcast. Paris Theatre; London, UK; 1979. Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA; February 22, 1984 - very good audience recording.

In the light of Chrissie Hynde’s debut solo album, Stockholm, which was released in June 2014, here are some Pretenders between 1979 and 1987, especially for those who enjoy the group’s Learning To Crawl album.

Thanks to devilwilly for sharing the Chicago/London tracks at Dime.

devilwilly noted:

This one is the TRUE complete concert which was broadcast in this form as far as I know only once on NDR 2 (Germany) in two parts in 1988. The whole concert is about 100 minutes and absolutely fantastic. The filler is the approximately a 30-minute BBC concert at the Paris Theatre, London from 1979, taken from the ORIGINAL (not the bootleg!) BBC Transcription LP.

Chicago 1987: Tuner - Grundig T 7500 > DAT > PC > WaveLab + plugins > Traders Little Helper [Level 8]
Paris Theatre 1979: BC Transcription LP > TDK C60 > Transfer to PC with Nakamichi Dragon > WaveLab + plugins > Traders Little Helper [Level 8]

Thanks also to blg/JEMS/MS Archive for sharing the Seattle 1984 tracks at Dime.

Taper: MS. Source: Nakamichi 700’s > Sony TC-D5m
Audio Transfer: MS master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth-adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96 Audacity 2.0 capture) > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1
Mastering (BLG): Adobe Audition > Izotope Ozone 5 > WavePad (tracking) > xACT (tags) > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 1:20 (2.3MB)
Track 102. Room Full Of Mirrors 5:47 (9.7MB)
Track 103. Message Of Love 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 104. The Adultress 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 105. Time The Avenger 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 106. Kid 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 107. Light Of The Moon 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 108. My Baby 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 109. Private Life 7:33 (12.7MB)
Track 110. Hymn To Her 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 111. Chill Factor 5:49 (9.8MB)
Track 112. Back On The Chain Gang 5:18 (8.9MB)
Track 113. My City Was Gone 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 114. Up The Neck 4:42 (7.9MB)
68 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Bad Boys Get Spanked 5:03 (8.5MB)
Track 202. Middle Of The Road 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 203. Precious 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 204. Don’t Get Me Wrong 4:26 (7.4MB)
Track 205. Brass In Pocket 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 206. Mystery Achievement 5:20 (9.0MB)
Track 207. The Wait 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 208. Outro 0:07 (210k)

Paris Theatre; London, UK; 1979
Track 209. The Wait 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 210. Stop Your Sobbing 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 211. Kid 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 212. Cuban Slide 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 213. Brass In Pocket 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 214. Tattoes Love Boys 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 215. Mystery Achievement 5:22 (9.0MB)

Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA; February 22, 1984
Track 216. Show Me 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 217. Thin Line Between Love and Hate 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 218. Watching the Clothes 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 219. Thumbelina 3:53 (6.5MB)
76 mins

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  1. 14 Responses to “THE PRETENDERS - CHICAGO 1987”

  2. Wow! Great! I love Pretenders and Chrissie! Another piece to my collection. Thank You BigO!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Oct 21, 2014

  3. This looks great!! Thanks, BigO!!

    By DanC on Oct 21, 2014

  4. Great sound on all these shows! Thanks.
    (Thursday is PET scan day)

    By Job Hunter on Oct 22, 2014

  5. Thanks. Great sound quality!

    By Bill on Oct 22, 2014

  6. Just a few hours after sending my last comment, I fell off a flight of steps and broke my right leg, my fibula.

    By Job Hunter on Oct 22, 2014

  7. that’ll make finding a job much harder i bet.

    By darth on Oct 22, 2014

  8. annie lennox was on good morning america today on abc tv. she did 2 songs.
    she’ll be on kelly and michael tomorrow thats thurs and also tavis smiley in 2 parts. thurs and fri. she will be on the view on friday.

    neil diamond will be on ellen fri.
    jerry lee lewis on mondays letterman. thats the 27th.

    By darth on Oct 22, 2014

  9. First we got Chrissie, now Pretenders!!! What’s that line “I’m In Heaven”. Thanks so much BigO for branching out. i listened to a interview quite some time back where Chrissie said she will never do the tune “Ohio” in concert. As far as I’ve seen this is true. So sad! So sorry for your misfortune JobHunter. God speed on the recovery.

    By popac on Oct 23, 2014

  10. Gee, darth, thanks for telling us about Annie Lennox being on the Good Morning America AFTER SHE WAS ON!!!!!

    Try not to choke on Neil Diamond’s underwear, Glenn.

    By Willis on Oct 23, 2014

  11. Sorry about your leg jobhunter, as darth keeps feeding us his fibulas…

    By dubious on Oct 23, 2014

  12. Thank you, popac and dubious. Cute play on words. The ortho doc just rewrapped what ER did and said it will be several days before I get approval for a boot. He also expressed disgust that I got approval to see him so quickly. Well, la de da. I don’t get to use the right leg, or the car, for 4 weeks. I’m the crutch key kid.

    By Job Hunter on Oct 23, 2014

  13. didnt know about annie lennox on gma til it was actually happening. but thats the wonder of being online u can find these performances online. and u know to look for 2 songs she did no more no less. youre welcome.

    By darth on Oct 24, 2014

  14. Awesome sound quality here. Love Pretenders, my God I love Chrissie, so big thanks!

    By Mr. Jimmy on Oct 24, 2014

  15. I had a friend in Chicago record this for me while it was being simulcast, but he only got part of it (I think a little reefer may have been involved). No one else who has shared this has ever included their blistering performance of Private Life. Thank you so much for the complete show. This is awesome beyond words.

    By Terry The Bass Player on Apr 12, 2015

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