The Isle of View is a live acoustic album by rock band The Pretenders, released in 1995. It was recorded in May during a live, televised performance at London's Jacob Street Studios. The Duke Quartet accompanied Chrissie Hynde for much of the performance. The title is a pun (oronym) on the phrase I Love You. All songs written by Chrissie Hynde, except where noted. Sense of Purpose" – 3:50. Chill Factor" – 4:01. Private Life" – 4:42. Back on the Chain Gang" – 4:17.
Essentially, Isle of View is the Pretenders' "unplugged" album. Chrissie Hynde runs through 15 of the group's songs, from hits like "Back on the Chain Gang" to more obscure numbers like "Lovers of Today. Occasionally, she is backed by a string quartet, including on a drastically rearranged (and poorly conceived) "Kid," but the the strings aren't as effective or startling as the piano of Blur's Damon Albarn on "I Go to Sleep.
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Pretenders ~ Isle Of View. There are a lot of diehard Pretenders boosters out there who'll warm to this unplugged hits set much faster than Last of the Independents. Hynde's singing has never been finer, and it was a brilliant stroke to incorporate a string quartet into the acoustic soundscape
An "unplugged" set without the MTV brand name, The Isle of View (say it fast a couple of times to catch the pun) presents songs by the Pretenders that already were the softest ones in their repertoire but here played on acoustic guitars and backed by the Duke String Quartet. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde's lyrics are slightly more discernible, and some of the songs are lovely. But they were to begin with, and Hynde and company have not really reimagined them for the acoustic format
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Original Album Series. Louie Louie, In The Sticks (w/ PDF). 2009 Digital 45. Louie Louie, In The Sticks. Learning To Crawl. 2007 Expanded and Remastered. 2005 w/Bonus Tracks & Interactive Booklet; Digital Version. Loose Screws' The Remix . Last Of The Independents.