Public Image Ltd. The Public Image Is Rotten: Songs from the Heart [Box Set] (5-CD + 2-DVD)

The Public Image Is Rotten: Songs from the Heart
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Originally Released: 2018
  • Label: Virgin Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Public Image
  • 2.Death Disco
  • 3.Memories
  • 4.Flowers of Romance
  • 5.This is Not a Love Song
  • 6.Bad Life
  • 7.Rise
  • 8.Home
  • 9.Seattle
  • 10.The Body
  • 11.Disappointed
  • 12.Warrior
  • 13.Don't Ask Me
  • 14.Cruel
  • 15.One Drop
  • 16.Reggie Song
  • 17.Out of the Woods
  • 18.Double Trouble

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.The Cowboy Song
  • 2.Half Mix / Megga Mix
  • 3.Another
  • 4.Home is Where the Heart is
  • 5.Blue Water
  • 6.Question Mark
  • 7.Selfish Rubbish
  • 8.USLS1
  • 9.Turkey Tits
  • 10.Pied Piper
  • 11.Criminal
  • 12.Poptones (BBC, John Peel Session 1979)
  • 13.Careering (BBC, John Peel Session 1979)
  • 14.Chant (BBC, John Peel Session 1979)
  • 15.Cruel (BBC, Mark Goodier Session 1992)
  • 16.Acid Drops (BBC, Mark Goodier Session 1992)
  • 17.Love Hope (BBC, Mark Goodier Session 1992)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Death Disco (12")
  • 2.This is Not a Love Song (12")
  • 3.Flowers of Romance (instrumental)
  • 4.Rise (Bob Clearmountain Mix)
  • 5.Seattle (US Remix 12")
  • 6.The Body (US Remix Extended 12")
  • 7.Disappointed (12")
  • 8.Happy (US Remix 12")
  • 9.Warrior (Extended 12" Mix)
  • 10.Lollipop Opera (from This is PiL)
  • 11.Shoom (from What The World Needs Now...)
  • 12.Death Disco (Original Monitor Mix)
  • 13.This is Not a Love Song (12" Remix)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Annalisa ("New Mix" - Townhouse 1979)
  • 2.Albatross ("Monitor Mix" 1979)
  • 3.Careering (Live Paris 1980) (Previously Unreleased)
  • 4.Banging The Door (Alternative Mix, Townhouse 1980) (aka The Door)
  • 5.Vampire (Unreleased Track - Townhouse 1981)
  • 6.Nineteen Eighty One (Original Version, Townhouse 1981)
  • 7.Bad Night (Unreleased Track - Park South 1983)
  • 8.Things in E (aka Ease) (Alternative Laswell mix 1985)
  • 9.Can you Feel the Fours (Unreleased Instrumental - Farmhouse 1987)
  • 10.Spy Thriller Open and Revolving (Alternative Mix - Farmhouse 1987) (aka Spy Thriller)
  • 11.Kashmir (Unreleased Renovations Mix 1987) (Instrumental)
  • 12.Cajun (Unreleased Bill Laswell Instrumental 1988)
  • 13.Worry ("Ruff Mix" - Advision 1988)
  • 14.Think Tank ("Outtake" - Eldorado 1991)

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Warrior (with intro)
  • 2.Happy
  • 3.This is Not a Love Song
  • 4.Home
  • 5.Round
  • 6.Brave New World
  • 7.Same Old Story
  • 8.The Body
  • 9.Open & Revolving
  • 10.Rise
  • 11.Disappointed
  • 12.Public Image
  • 13.Seattle
  • 14.World Destruction

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Public Image
  • 2.Death Disco
  • 3.This is Not a Love Song
  • 4.This is Not a Love Song (live in Tokyo)
  • 5.Bad Life
  • 6.Rise
  • 7.Home
  • 8.Seattle
  • 9.The Body (uncensored)
  • 10.Disappointed
  • 11.Warrior
  • 12.Don't Ask Me
  • 13.Cruel
  • 14.Covered
  • 15.One Drop
  • 16.Reggie Song
  • 17.Out of the Woods
  • 18.Lollipop Opera (unreleased)
  • 19.Double Trouble
  • 20.Bettie Page
  • 21.The One
  • 22.Public Image
  • 23.FFF
  • 24.Seattle
  • 25.Home
  • 26.Bags
  • 27.Rise
  • 28.Hard Times
  • 29.Religion
  • 30.Rules & Regulations
  • 31.Angry
  • 32.Open & Revolving
  • 33.Holidays In The Sun
  • 34.The Body
  • 35.World Destruction

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.Death Disco - BBC, Top of the Pops 1979
  • 2.Poptones & Careering - BBC, Old Grey Whistle Test 1980
  • 3.Flowers of Romance - BBC, Top of the Pops 1981
  • 4.Rise - BBC, Top of the Pops 1986
  • 5.Home & Round - BBC, Old Grey Whistle Test 1986
  • 6.Disappointed - The Late Show 1989
  • 7.Four Enclosed Walls
  • 8.Albatross
  • 9.Deeper Water
  • 10.Memories
  • 11.Reggie Song
  • 12.Disappointed
  • 13.Warrior
  • 14.Flowers of Romance
  • 15.One Drop
  • 16.Death Disco
  • 17.This is Not a Love Song
  • 18.Public Image
  • 19.Out of the Woods
  • 20.Rise
  • 21.Open Up

Product Description:

Recording information: Live ,New York Ritz (02/25/1992); Live, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (02/25/1992); Live ,New York Ritz (07/16/1989); Live, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (07/16/1989).
"I will not be treated as property," John Lydon howled on "Public Image," the first single Public Image Ltd. released in October 1978. While the group would take a dizzying number of creative twists and turns over the next four decades as they evolved from dub-obsessed experimentalists to a polished and pop-savvy alternative rock band, the one thing that remained constant was the voice of Lydon -- angry, theatrical, dripping with venom, sometimes curiously witty, and always overflowing with passion, even if it was usually expressed in negative terms. PiL was his vehicle, and while he may have had valued collaborators, there was never any mistaking that this was Lydon's show and his message. Lydon's two years as Johnny Rotten in the Sex Pistols have burned deeper into the pop culture consciousness, yet PiL has proven to be his definitive musical statement, and with 2018's The Public Image Is Rotten: Songs from the Heart, he's offered a deep dive into the ongoing project's history. Timed to coincide with a similarly titled documentary about PiL, The Public Image Is Rotten is a massive five-CD box set that takes a different approach to the band's catalog than the 1999 collection Plastic Box. While Plastic Box offered a hefty summary of PiL's recorded history, The Public Image Is Rotten starts with a disc collecting the A-sides to 18 of their singles. Disc two offers nine B-sides, two rare tracks, and six numbers from radio sessions for the BBC (including three outstanding takes of material from Metal Box recorded in 1979). Disc three is devoted to extended mixes that appeared on 12" singles and dance-oriented releases, which presents some overlap with songs on disc one (though anyone likely to pony up for this set is likely to be interested in the minutiae). Disc four contains previous unreleased versions of 14 songs, the most curious being a faithful instrumental cover of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir." Finally, disc five documents a 1989 live show in New York City, as PiL was touring in support of the album 9. As if this weren't enough, the package also includes two DVDs of television appearances, live footage, and music videos, as well as a full-color hardcover book filled with press clippings and details on the recordings. While devoted fans will appreciate the rich audio and the wealth of hard-to-find material on The Public Image Is Rotten (as well as the fact it folds in recordings from PiL's post-1999 editions), this is a less coherent listen than Plastic Box. That collection's chronological sequencing made it easy to follow the group's stylistic evolution, while the thematic nature of these five discs repeatedly takes us back and forth through their history. That said, The Public Image Is Rotten presents a thorough and uncompromised portrait of Lydon's work with PiL, and anyone interested in the many contexts he's created for his unique vision will find plenty to take in. ~ Mark Deming

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