Plastic Box

Plastic Box

by Public Image Ltd.Public Image Ltd.


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Most who own Plastic Box probably use the second half as coasters. Those who don't probably get headaches when listening to the first two, and a select few find much to love about the whole thing. As if conceding to the consensus that PiL's early years were their best, the first half is devoted to the band's first three studio LPs cut over four years, while the second half covers the remainder. Listeners get the entirety of Public Image/First Edition sans "Fodderstompf." The majority of Metal Box (issued as Second Edition in the U.S.) is included, with three of the original versions sacrificed for Peel Session counterparts that really take the cake. "Careering" is especially wonderful and harrowing, arguably the collective's finest recorded moment. Keith Levene goes bonkers with the keyboards, perhaps fostering the increased intensity amongst the remaining members. The 12" mix of "Swan Lake" ("Death Disco") gets the box set upgrade too, as well as a couple other worthwhile Metal Box outtakes. Closing out the second disc is the entirety of The Flowers of Romance, sequentially shuffled with an additional non-album track. The second half of Plastic Box hits upon each of the remaining studio LPs, with the odd rarity, single mix and Peel Session thrown in for completist bait. For those who want improved sound over their early CD issues, the money spent is a smart investment. A quick comparison of the first 20 seconds of "Annalisa" to the version found on an old copy of Public Image should be evidence enough; the bassline of "Chant" makes the gut feel as if it's being endlessly pummelled by a bouncing battering ram. Though vast and relatively pricey, Plastic Box is an excellent introduction, if only for the adventurous.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/22/2009
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 5099960754721
catalogNumber: 9607547
Rank: 46054


Disc 1

  1. Public Image
  2. The Cowboy Song
  3. Theme
  4. Religion I
  5. Religion II
  6. Annalisa
  7. Low Life
  8. Attack
  9. Poptones
  10. Careering
  11. Chant
  12. Death Disco
  13. 1/2 Mix Megamix
  14. No Birds Do Sing
  15. Memories

Disc 2

  1. Another
  2. Albatross
  3. Socialist
  4. The Suit
  5. Bad Baby
  6. Radio 4
  7. Pied Piper
  8. Flowers Of Romance
  9. Four Enclosed Walls
  10. Phenagen
  11. Track 8
  12. Hymie's Hymn
  13. Under The House
  14. Banging The Door
  15. Go Back
  16. Francis Massacre
  17. Home Is Where The Heart Is

Disc 3

  1. This Is Not A Love Song
  2. Blue Water
  3. Bad Life
  4. Question Mark
  5. Solitaire
  6. Tie Me To The Length Of That
  7. Where Are You
  8. The Pardon
  9. 1981
  10. The Order Of Death
  11. FFF
  12. Rise
  13. Fishing
  14. Round
  15. Home
  16. Ease

Disc 4

  1. Seattle
  2. Angry
  3. The Body
  4. Selfish Rubbish
  5. Disappointed
  6. Happy
  7. Warrior
  8. USLS 1
  9. Don't Ask Me
  10. Criminal
  11. Luck's Up
  12. God
  13. Cruel
  14. Acid Drops
  15. Love Hope
  16. Think Tank

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