Public Image Ltd.

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Public Image Ltd. - Live In Tokyo Live In Tokyo
Punk Used - LP YS 7148/9 Nippon Columbia
Beautiful 2LP 45rpm Japanese Pressing With Obi.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - 9 9
Pop New - LP 91062 Virgin
Sealed 1989 Original, Custom Song Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. Saw Cut.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Happy? Happy?
Pop Used - LP 90642 Virgin
Mint, Unplayed 1987 Original, Saw Cut.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - 9 9
Pop New - LP 91062 Virgin
Sealed 1989 Original. Small Saw Cut. “9 Features Essentially The Same Group Of Characters Found On Happy?, With Only Lu Edmonds Having Left The Fold (Though He Did Contribute To The Writing On Each Song). Seven Studio Albums, Seven Lineups -- Lydon Failed Yet Again To Keep The Same People Together For More Than One Record. But Is This Notion Really Of Major Consequence? Not Really, And Lydon Probably Prides Himself In It. Thankfully, 9 Retained The Happy? Core Of Bruce Smith, John Mcgeoch, And Allan Dias. If Happy? And Various Points Prior Were Flirtations With Accessible Dance-Pop, 9 Was A Bear Hug Embrace Of It. 9 Is Split Between A Modern Rock Record And A Dance Producer-Derived One, But Credit Both Producers And Band For Making It A Successful Combination; On Paper, The Game Plan Looks Like An Accident Waiting To Happen. Stephen Hague Was Responsible For Just Over Half Of The Album's Production, With E.T. Thorngren Working On The Remainder And Nellee Hooper Mixing One Of Thorngren's Productions. 9 Is Easily Pil's Slickest Yet, But There's Substance To Balance It Out. The Catchy "Disappointed" Provided The Band's Greatest Success In The States, With Plenty Of Airplay On Modern Rock Radio Stations And Light Rotation On MTV. Other Highlights: The Dubby, Almost Police-Like Near-Instrumental "U.S.L.S. 1" And The Surprising Use Of Acoustic Guitar On "Worry." Lowlights: The Slightly Goofy "Sand Castles In The Snow," The Oddball Fusion Of Asiatic Keyboards And Late-'80s R&B On "Like That," The Character Play Of Lydon In "Warrior." Andy Kellman, AMG.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - This Is What You Want This Is What You Want
Pop Used - LP 60365 Elektra
1984 White Label Promo.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Album Album
Punk Used - LP 60438 Elektra
1986 Original. Johnny Lydon Is Joined By Steve Vai, Ryuichi Sakamoto And Ginger Baker.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Flowers Of Romance Flowers Of Romance
Punk Used - LP V 2189 Virgin
Beautiful 1981 UK Original.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Nubes Nubes
Pop Used - LP Impossible Recordworks Impossible
Beautiful 1979 Vinyl Rarity.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Paris Au Printemps Paris Au Printemps
Pop Used - LP V 2183 Virgin
1980 UK Original. Looks Unplayed, Small Centre Top Seam Split.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box Test Pressing Metal Box Test Pressing
Punk Used - LP 2WX-1-3288 Warner
Rare 2LP Test Pressing Of An All-Time Classic! The Twelve Songs Are "Albatross," "Memories," "Swan Lake," "Poptones," "Careering," "Socialist," "Graveyard," "The Suit," "Bad Baby," "No Birds," "Chant," "Radio 4."... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box Metal Box
Punk Used - LP 05001 4 Men With Beards
Out Of Print 2006 3LP 180gm Reissue Housed In An Exact Replica Of The Original Metal Box. All Three LPs Appear New, Unplayed. The Second Album By John Lydon's Post-Sex Pistols Outing Public Image Ltd. Was Originally Released In The UK In 1979 In A Limited Edition Film-Canister Style Metal Box Containing Three 12-Inch 45s. Some Managed To Float Across The Atlantic Into The Hands Of A Fortunate Few, Making The Metal Box A Bit Of A Post-Punk Collectors' Holy Grail. Unavailable For Almost 30 Years, The Metal Box Is Back With The Express Permission Of John Lydon As An Exact Reproduction Of The Original.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Album Album
Pop New - LP 60438 Elektra
Sealed 1986 Original With Custom Lydon Hype Sticker On Shrink. Saw Cut.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Flowers Of Romance Flowers Of Romance
Punk Used - LP BSK 3536 Warner
1981 Original In Shrink Wrap, Thin Saw Cut. Glossy, Unplayed Condition. “As Opposed To The Axis Of Throbbing Bass And Guitar Slashings Of Metal Box, The Flowers Of Romance Is Centralized On Razor-Sharp Drums And Typically Haranguing Vocals. No Dubwise Grooves Here -- Bassist Jah Wobble Was Kicked Out Prior To The Recording For Ripping Off Pil Backing Tracks For His Solo Material. And Growing More Disenchanted With The Guitar, Keith Levene's Infatuation With Synthesizers Was Reaching A Boiling Point. His Scythe-Like Guitar Is Truly Brought Out For Only One Song. Stark And Minimal Are Taken To Daring Lengths, So It's No Surprise That Virgin Initially Balked At Issuing The Heavily Percussive Record. "Four Enclosed Walls" Opens With Something Of A Mechanical Death Rattle And John Lydon's Quavering Warble, Framed By Backwards Piano And Martin Atkins' Spartan, Dry-As-A-Bone Drumming. His Rapier-Like Drums Seem To Serve A Similar Purpose To Levene's Guitar On Metal Box. An Unsteady Drum Pattern And Fragile, Wind Chime-Like Guitar From Levene Shape "Track 8," A Bleak Look At Sexual Relationships. Lydon Adds Color With Pleasant Imagery Of Butterball Turkeys And Elephant Graves. "Under The House" And "Francis Massacre" Are The Most Violent Tracks Due To Atkins' Machine Gun Firing And Levene's Chilling Atmosperics. Lydon Lashes Out At Zealous Fans On The Only Bottom-Heavy Tune, "Banging The Door": "The Walls Are So Thin/The Neighbors Listen In/Keep The Noise Down." Perhaps The Band's Most Challenging Work (In The Avant Garde Sense), It's Just As "Love It Or Hate It" As Metal Box; It'll Either Go Down A Treat Or Like A Five-Pound Block Of Liverwurst.” Andy Kellman, AMG.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box Metal Box
Pop Used - LP METAL 1 Virgin
1979 3LP Original. All Three Records Appear Unplayed. The Box Itself Shows Some Scrapes And Wear.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - First Issue First Issue
Pop Used - LP V2114 Virgin
1978 UK Original With Custom Inner Sleeve.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Happy? Happy?
Pop Used - LP 90642 Virgin
1987 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve And Gold Promo Stamp On Front Cover. Thin Saw Cut. Top Right Corner Crease.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Flowers Of Romance Flowers Of Romance
Pop Used - LP BSK 3536 Warner
1981 Original Still In Shrink Wrap With Custom Title Sticker. Includes Custom Inner Sleeve. Vinyl Appears Glossy, Unplayed.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - This is PiL This is PiL
Pop New - LP PiL 002 PiL Official
Sealed 2012 2LP Gatefold Original.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Flowers Of Romance Flowers Of Romance
Punk New - LP BSK 3536 Warner
Sealed 1981 Original With Custom Hype Sticker On Shrink. Thin Saw Cut. “As Opposed To The Axis Of Throbbing Bass And Guitar Slashings Of Metal Box, The Flowers Of Romance Is Centralized On Razor-Sharp Drums And Typically Haranguing Vocals. No Dubwise Grooves Here -- Bassist Jah Wobble Was Kicked Out Prior To The Recording For Ripping Off Pil Backing Tracks For His Solo Material. And Growing More Disenchanted With The Guitar, Keith Levene's Infatuation With Synthesizers Was Reaching A Boiling Point. His Scythe-Like Guitar Is Truly Brought Out For Only One Song. Stark And Minimal Are Taken To Daring Lengths, So It's No Surprise That Virgin Initially Balked At Issuing The Heavily Percussive Record. "Four Enclosed Walls" Opens With Something Of A Mechanical Death Rattle And John Lydon's Quavering Warble, Framed By Backwards Piano And Martin Atkins' Spartan, Dry-As-A-Bone Drumming. His Rapier-Like Drums Seem To Serve A Similar Purpose To Levene's Guitar On Metal Box. An Unsteady Drum Pattern And Fragile, Wind Chime-Like Guitar From Levene Shape "Track 8," A Bleak Look At Sexual Relationships. Lydon Adds Color With Pleasant Imagery Of Butterball Turkeys And Elephant Graves. "Under The House" And "Francis Massacre" Are The Most Violent Tracks Due To Atkins' Machine Gun Firing And Levene's Chilling Atmosperics. Lydon Lashes Out At Zealous Fans On The Only Bottom-Heavy Tune, "Banging The Door": "The Walls Are So Thin/The Neighbors Listen In/Keep The Noise Down." Perhaps The Band's Most Challenging Work (In The Avant Garde Sense), It's Just As "Love It Or Hate It" As Metal Box; It'll Either Go Down A Treat Or Like A Five-Pound Block Of Liverwurst.” Andy Kellman, AMG.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition Second Edition
Pop New - LP 2WX 3288 Island
Sealed 1980 2LP Gatefold Original. Tiny Saw Cut. “PiL Managed To Avoid Boundaries For The First Four Years Of Their Existence, And Metal Box (Issued In The U.S. As Second Edition) Is Undoubtedly The Apex. It's A Hallmark Of Uncompromising, Challenging Post-Punk, Hardly Sounding Like Anything Of The Past, Present, Or Future. Sure, There Were Touchstones That Got Their Imaginations Running -- The Bizarreness Of Captain Beefheart, The Open And Rhythmic Spaces Of Can, And The Dense Pulses Of Lee Perry's Productions Fueled Their Creative Fires -- But What They Achieved With Their Second Record Is A Completely Unique Hour Of Avant-Garde Noise. Originally Packaged In A Film Canister As A Trio Of 12" Records Played At 45 Rpm, The Bass And Treble Are Pegged At 11 Throughout, With Nary A Tinge Of Midrange To Be Found. It's All Scrapes And Throbs (Dubscrapes?), Supplanted By John Lydon's Caterwauling About Such Subjects As His Dying Mother, Resentment, And Murder. Guitarist Keith Levene Splatters Silvery, Violent, Percussive Shards Of Metallic Scrapes Onto The Canvas, Much Like A One-Armed Jackson Pollock. Jah Wobble And Richard Dudanski Lay Down A Molasses-Thick Rhythmic Foundation Throughout That's Just As Funky As Can's Czukay/Leibezeit And Chic's Edwards/Rodgers. It's Alien Dance Music.” – Andy Kellman, AMG... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - This Is PiL + One Drop 12 This Is PiL + One Drop 12
Pop New - LP PiL002 / PiL001 PiL Official
Sealed, Limited Edition 2012 2LP Gatefold Original Packaged With 12" Single Of "One Drop." “Enabled By The Expiration Of Obstructive Contracts And A Little Income From An Appearance In A Butter Ad, John Lydon Revived PiL In 2009. Consisting Of Alums Bruce Smith (1986-1990) And Lu Edmonds (1986-1988), Along With Bassist Scott Firth, Lydon's Band Toured Steadily From December 2009 Through 2011 And Released This, Its First Album Since 1992's That What Is Not, In 2012. Those Later Set Lists -- One Of Which Was Documented On ALiFE 2009 -- Leaned Heavily Toward PiL's First Two Albums. Playing That Material Seems To Have Affected The Sound Of This Is PiL, Though It Is No Attempt At Replication. It's More Like A Stylistic Evolution -- One That's Easier On The Average Set Of Ears Than The Droning Dread Of The First Album's "Theme" Or The Mangled Dub Of Metal Box's "Poptones." Firth's Liquid Throb Replaces Jah Wobble's Rumbling And Penetrating Basslines. Edmonds' Flexible Guitar Style Carries Significantly Less Violence Than Keith Levene's Caustic Slashing. Smith's Rhythms Are More Intricate And Musical Than PiL's Early Thud-Discoid "Drummer By Committee" Approach. Lydon, Sharp And Direct As Ever, Shows Occasional Signs Of Softening, As Heard In A Handful Of Wistful Lines Laced Through Otherwise Forceful Songs Like "One Drop" And "Human" ("I Miss Those Roses, Those English Roses"). However, He Sticks To His Seething Wordplay With Far Greater Frequency. This Is Exemplified By The Standout "Terra-Gate," A Vivid Rant With As Much Intensity As Metal Box's "Chant" ("Take What You Make, What You Hate, Integrate, Into Hate, It's Too Late," Etc.). It's One Of The PiL's Best Albums. Just As Important, It Has As Much Attitude -- If Somewhat Tempered And Pointed In Some New Directions -- As Anything Else Lydon Has Recorded. And It Begins With A Belch And Ends With A Wail.” – Andy Kellman, AMG... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Album Album
Pop Used - LP 60438 Elektra
1986 Promo Label Original With Custom Hype Sticker On Front Cover And Gold Promo Stamp On Back. Johnny Lydon Is Joined By Steve Vai, Ryuichi Sakamoto And Ginger Baker. Cover Has Very Slight Wear.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box Metal Box
Punk Used - LP METAL 1 Virgin
Rare 1979 UK 3LP Original Housed In A Circular Metal Box With All Four Circular Paper Spacers And Insert Card (Some Notations On The Card). A1/B1/C2/D1/E1/F1 Stampers. All Three Glossy LPs Appear To Have Never Been Placed On A Turntable. The Outer Box Has No Dents Or Scrapes And Is The Finest We Have Seen Although There Is Some Patina Which Is Common With This Set Due To The Manufacturing Process.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Bettie Page Bettie Page
Punk New - 7 PIL 007 PIL Official
New, 2015 Limited Edition, Etched Vinyl 7" 45rpm. Etched Side Is The Same Picture As Betty Page On The Cover And The Original Artwork Was Done By John Lydon.... more details
 
Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition Second Edition
Pop Colored Vinyl 4M517 4 Men With Beards
Sealed 2016 Clear Vinyl Gatefold Reissue. “PIL Managed To Avoid Boundaries For The First Four Years Of Their Existence, And Metal Box (Issued In The U.S. As Second Edition) Is Undoubtedly The Apex. It's A Hallmark Of Uncompromising, Challenging Post-Punk, Hardly Sounding Like Anything Of The Past, Present, Or Future. Sure, There Were Touchstones That Got Their Imaginations Running -- The Bizarreness Of Captain Beefheart, The Open And Rhythmic Spaces Of Can, And The Dense Pulses Of Lee Perry's Productions Fueled Their Creative Fires -- But What They Achieved With Their Second Record Is A Completely Unique Hour Of Avant-Garde Noise. Originally Packaged In A Film Canister As A Trio Of 12" Records Played At 45 Rpm, The Bass And Treble Are Pegged At 11 Throughout, With Nary A Tinge Of Midrange To Be Found. It's All Scrapes And Throbs (Dubscrapes?), Supplanted By John Lydon's Caterwauling About Such Subjects As His Dying Mother, Resentment, And Murder. Guitarist Keith Levene Splatters Silvery, Violent, Percussive Shards Of Metallic Scrapes Onto The Canvas, Much Like A One-Armed Jackson Pollock. Jah Wobble And Richard Dudanski Lay Down A Molasses-Thick Rhythmic Foundation Throughout That's Just As Funky As Can's Czukay/Leibezeit And Chic's Edwards/Rodgers. It's Alien Dance Music.” – Andy Kellman, AMG... more details
 

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