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Pretenders Add New Live CD to Recent ‘Alone’ Album

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders
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The Pretenders have announced a new edition of their most recent album, Alone, which will come with a second disc of 15 live tracks recorded over the past year.

The expanded version will be released on Sept. 29, tying in with the band’s latest run of tour dates. It’s exclusively available for pre-order at the band’s webstore now.

According to a description for the new addition, the live disc was ‘“painstakingly compiled over a laborious fortnight by Chrissie [Hynde], James Walbourne, live sound engineer Pete Bartlett and studio wizz Dave McCracken … [and] includes ‘Private Life’ live at Austin City Limits, Texas, ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ live at Glastonbury and ‘I’ll Stand By You’ live at Isle of Wight Festival.”

Alone, the Pretenders’ 10th album, was released in October 2016 after an eight-year gap since Break Up the Concrete arrived in 2008. Hynde, who worked on Alone with producer Dan Aeurback of the Black Keys, admitted she had struggled with the idea of calling it a Pretenders album, since she’s the sole remaining original member, and had considered releasing it under her own name.

“When I brought these songs back from the studio, my manager was playing them for someone, and the guy said, ‘Wow, it’s great to hear the Pretenders back,'” Hynde said at the time. “So my manager came to me and said, ‘It really does sound like a Pretenders album.’ And I went, ‘Yeah – doesn’t it?’ This solo-vs.-Pretenders thing had sort of plagued me for years. But I guess the real reason behind that is A) Most of the the original Pretenders are dead, so what can I do about it? And B) I want to carry own playing our songs.”

Pretenders: ‘Alone’ Live Bonus CD Track Listing
1. “Alone” (Live at Glastonbury Festival, UK, 23 June 2017)
2. “Gotta Wait” (Live at Bospop Festival, The Netherlands, 8 July 2017)
3. “Message of Love” (Live at Austin City Limits, Texas, 13 March 2017)
4. “Private Life” (Live at Austin City Limits, Texas, 13 March 2017)
5. “Down the Wrong Way” (Live at Austin City Limits, Texas, 13 March 2017)
6. “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (Live at Glastonbury Festival, UK, 23 June 2017)
7. “Night in My Veins” (Live at Glastonbury Festival, UK, 23 June 2017)
8. “Let’s Get Lost” (Live at La Salle Pleyel, Paris, 26 June 2017)
9. “I Hate Myself” (Live at La Salle Pleyel, Paris, 26 June 2017)
10. “I’ll Stand by You” (Live at The Isle Of Wight Festival, UK, 9 June 2017)
11. “Boots of Chinese Plastic” (Live at EDP Jazz Festival, Portugal, 19 July 2017)
12. “Thumbelina” (Live at EDP Jazz Festival, Portugal, 19 July 2017)
13. “Up the Neck” (Live at Austin City Limits, Texas, 13 March 2017)
14. “Mystery Achievement” (Live at Austin City Limits, Texas, 13 March 2017)
15. “Middle of the Road” (Live at Austin City Limits, Texas, 13 March 2017)

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