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Album [Import]

Public Image LimitedAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Public Image Ltd (PiL) are an English post-punk band formed by vocalist John Lydon, guitarist Keith Levene and bassist Jah Wobble, with frequent subsequent personnel changes. Lydon is the sole constant member of the band.
Lydon emerged after the break-up of the Sex Pistols with PiL's First Issue (1978). His new band had a more experimental sound: Wobble's "droning, slow-tempo, ... Read more in Amazon's Public Image Limited Store

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  • Audio CD (January 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B006697ANO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Album, also referred to as Compact Disc and Tape Cassette depending on the format, was the fifth studio release from former Sex Pistol John Lydon's rock band Public Image Ltd. It was particularly famous for its artwork, sending up generic brand products.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Masterpiece February 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
To use a blanket statement, Johnny Rotten was anarchy incarnate. But this overlooked classic proved that John Lydon always knew exactly what he was doing; this album was his revenge on those who never believed or lost faith after PiL's previous two albums.
It's also PiL's first bold step towards a more accessible sound.
"Album" (aka Cassette, Compact Disc) has a distinct pace to it; "FFF" starts the album off with a bang (literally) and is an amazing, acrobatic rocker about so-called friends falling by the wayside during tough times. The song flows directly into "Rise," PiL's biggest hit song.
"Rise" starts off slowly, building up in tension as it goes along. Sex Pistol fans will be shocked; Lydon had never sung before so melodically, so tunefully. But as the song, purportedly about South African aparthied, pounds along Lydon's careful delivery tenses and eventually returns to his snarl from classics like "Anarchy in the UK" or "Memories."
The next cut, "Fishing," has one of those angular, snarling riffs that Post-Punk made famous, but with a Heavy Metal edge. "Fishing" is the heaviest song on this album and Lydon's sneering vocals are in full force, but even at his meanest he keeps things melodic and amazingly catchy.
"Round" follows the pattern of fast-slow-fast-slow that this album follows; it opens with deep bass and slow, rhythmic steel drums. This song remains subdued and only picks up in tempo towards the end as Lydon begins a circular chant about nuclear holocaust.
"Bags" is dismissed by some as the album's weakest track, but it's always been a favorite of mine. Big drums, deep bass, goth-pop keyboard lines, and one of Lydon's best performances. Ever. The man's melodic sensibility is immeasurable. For an antichrist.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian stadium rock that doesn't suck October 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A stunning return to form. As assembled by producer Bill Laswell, there's not really a PiL to speak of - it's basically Lydon and a group of session musicians - but who's complaining when these guests include Steve Vai, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Ginger Baker? With its emphasis on big guitars and big drums, "Album" was written off by the unenlightened as PiL going stadium rock, but Lydon's confrontational lyrics and caterwaul vocals, and the abundance of Eastern melodies, help steer this away from the realm of conventional 80s metal. "Anger is an energy" is the mantra of "Rise": one of PiL's finest moments ever, the song manages to be both a tribute to Lydon's Irish heritage and also a scathing indictment of Apartheid torture practices. Lydon's impassioned vocal presence has never sounded so graceful. Elsewhere, the album is rife with surprising and very effective musical flourishes: never is this more evident than on the closing "Ease," a beautiful, monumental mood/rock piece with synth, sitar and didgeridoo (and a killer Vai guitar solo). In a marked contrast to the sporadic quality of the two previous PiL studio albums, there's no filler here: EVERY track is a highlight. "FFF" is a rollicking opener in which Lydon lashes out at a former friend/colleague ("Farewell my fairweather friend/On you no one can depend"). Lydon continues the apocalyptic themes of "World Destruction" (his 1985 single collaboration with Afrika Baambattaa and Laswell) on "Round" ("Mushrooms on the horizon") and the mistanthropic, catchy numbers "Fishing" ("Talking to you is a waste of time/Go crawl back into your dustbin"), "Bags," and "Home" ("Better days will never be"). Easily PiL's most essential 80s moment (apologies to all those "Flowers Of Romance" fans), "Album" is second only to "Metal Box" as the best PiL album ever. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem June 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of the best post-punk albums of the 80s, hands down. Steve Vai, Bernie Worrel, Ginger Baker, Bill Laswell, Ryuchi Sakamoto, and of course, John Lydon. Every track is a stunner, lushly arranged and mixed, brutal drums, throbbing bass. A perfect album. A surprisingly overlooked and underated album.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Suprised this old album has not been reviewed before, as it is the most accessible piece of work ever put out by Lydon. If it lacks the raw anger of the Pistols era or the drug-induced dysfunction of earlier PiL offerings, it surely makes up for it in the sheer quality of the musicianship and the clarity and force of Lydon's vocal delivery. In some senses this is a top quality melodic rock-pop album; the searing guitar solo at the end of "Ease" is simply outstanding, as are the keyboard textures around the single "Rise". Lydon's voice is at it's most ruthless; the shouting and atonal straining of the Pistols era replaced by a focused, bitter, sneering but composed narrative. Lydon has always been about truth - he has a coruscating intolerance of hypocrisy and a surprisingly puritan moralistic streak. His cynical humour here is at it's sharpest "...logic is lost in your ....cranial abbatoir" he mocks in "FFF"
This is the defining album where Johnny Rotten ends the process of growing up to become John Lydon. Musical maturity allied to the unique vocal core of Lydon himself. It can never surpass "Never Mind The Bollocks" as an album, and there is probably no single song that rises head and shoulders above the rest in the way that say "This is Not a Love Song" does. But it remains my favourite core Lydon offering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Rudolph Mckinley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic recording....
There are some great players on this ...not many know....Ginger Baker and Tony Williams to name a few.

Worth a listen.
Published 4 months ago by Music for life !!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Lydon
This is some great shtuff! A bit 'lighter' than their previous releases but terrific none-the-less. Well worth the monies. Buy it.
Published 4 months ago by Kurk Schoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of the best Drummers ever(Tony Williams and Ginger Baker) play...
Drums and guitars are allowed to blast away(Stevie Vai rains down thunder riffs)on this essential CD.Tony Williams and Ginger Baker on the same record!!!Boomboomboomboomowowowow!
Published 5 months ago by Gergggg
3.0 out of 5 stars Who? PiL!
A rather conventional rock record, frankly, jazzed up a bit by John Lydon's singing, which sounds like moose torture. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patrick L. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best
Probably my favorite PIL album, followed by Happy?, First Edition, and Metal Box/Second Edition. Steve Vai and Bill Laswell are fantastic.
Published 13 months ago by George F. D. Marial
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I have been searching night and day for the ambient album with some kick, some energy! PIL came to the back of my mind and as often happens I look into the past. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ann Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I have really missed this album!
Young listeners: There is plenty of great music already in existence if you make the effort to find it. Newer isn't always better, kids! Read more
Published 22 months ago by R R
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Remember
Admittedly, I bought "Cassette" back in the late 80s because I was a Steve Vai fan and wanted every dang thing he ever touched. Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by C. A. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Amazing
This album is one of my all time favorites. It is a prime example of why you should not judge a book by its cover, or in this case, an album. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Scott Cooper
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