PUBLIC IMAGE LTD.
A1: ALBATROSS (10:32); A2: MEMORIES (5:06).
B1: SWAN LAKE (4:12); B2: POPTONES (7:46); B3: CAREERING (4:32).
C1: SOCIALIST (3:10); C2: GRAVEYARD (3:07); C3: THE SUIT (3:31).
D1: BAD BABY (4:30); D2: NO BIRDS (4:42); D3: CHANT (5:00); D4: RADIO 4 (4:23).
CATEGORY: ANTI-ROCK | DURATION: 61 MINUTES
After ditching their original drummer – the only “rock” element in the unit – and recruiting a succession of more adventurous percussionists – culminating with Martin Atkins – Public Image Limited moved to a more textural and progressive sound, enhanced by Levene’s increasing use of electronics and Lydon’s shift from rage to reflection. Second Edition, a 45rpm double album, captures this new music at its zenith, and is the last recording to feature original dub-bass player Jah Wobble. PiL carried on for a while without Wobble but eventually fell apart, leaving just a brand name for Lydon to play with in a series of ever-diminishing exploits.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT YOUNG (1964-2014)
“ÆTERNUM VORTICE LACRIMARUM SOMNIAT”