Commercial Zone

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9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mad Max 4:27 1,899
2 Love Song 4:08 3,231
3 Young Brits 3:17 158
4 Bad Night 3:39 2,675
5 The Slab 3:31 1,683
6 Lou Reed, Part 1 3:56 51
7 Lou Reed, Part 2 2:47 96
8 Blue Water 3:46 3,202
9 Miller High Life 2:34 684

About this album

Commercial Zone, only released in the USA, is an album of studio recordings by Public Image Ltd., recorded in 1982 and 1983, and released in 1984 by PiL founding guitarist Keith Levene. Commercial Zone includes five songs that were later re-recorded for PiL’s fourth official studio album, This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get (1984) – for this reason, Commercial Zone is often considered to be an earlier/alternative version of that album.

Commercial Zone is more accessible and commercial than PiL’s previous records, with some laid-back Velvet Underground-style guitar on a few tracks. Tracks like “Mad Max” and “Solitaire” have funk elements, while especially the B-side of the record has a moody soundtrack atmosphere.

(first limited pressing of 10,000 copies)

1. Mad Max
2. Love Song
3. Bad Night
4. Solitaire
5. The Slab
6. Lou Reed Part 1
7. Lou Reed Part 2
8. Blue Water
9. Miller Hi-Life

On the second pressing “Solitaire” was re-titled as “Young Brits”. The track sequence on the first side was changed to:
1. Love Song
2. Mad Max
3. Young Brits
4. Bad Night (shorter mix compared to 1st pressing)

For This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get the following songs were re-recorded:
“Mad Max” (new title: “Bad Life”)
“Love Song” (new title: “This Is Not a Love Song”)
“The Slab” (new title: “The Order of Death”)
“Lou Reed Part 2” (new title: “Where Are You?”)

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  • RockyRevolution


    30 Apr 2014 Reply
  • snowfaller

    Stinks compared to the official version. Don't bother. Also, for a limited edition, I sure saw a lot of them in stores back in the 90s.

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • metawirt

    This one > This is what you want [2] -- BTW: There's a HQ Vinyl Rip of that album out on the net (Not the MP3 version recorded using that crappy AT-PL 120 cartridge!!). Much better than the CD...

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • IDontBelieveNBK

    amazing album

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • karlkandinsky

    lov it

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • chuuzetsu

    I have Commercial Zone on MP3. If you go to and download that p2p program, you should find someone who has it.

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • BillSwansea

    It's not listenable here, kids. It's pretty widely available online though.

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • abstractcol

    all i want to do is listen to a couple of tracks from this album, but how the fuck do you do it ??? i have never used anything so complicated or unlogical in my life. it's a compleate waste of time

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • abstractcol

    how can you hear music on this site, i'm pulling my hair out

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • impossiblefunky

    So glat this is available on here.

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • chuuzetsu

    This one > This is what you want

    14 Aug 2008 Reply
  • metawirt

    Great Album!

    4 Jul 2008 Reply

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