Paris Au Printemps CD (Paris in the Spring)


Theme / Chant / Careering / Bad Baby / Low Life / Attack / Poptones

Release Date:
Re-issued (?/9?)

Label & Catalogue Number:
Virgin. CDV 2183

Running Time:
41:02 mins

Vox - John Lydon
Guitar/Synth - Keith Levene
Bass - Jah Wobble
Drums - Martin Atkins

Format Info:
Mid-price CD re-issue of 'Paris Au Printemps' LP. 4 page booklet featuring track listing/info.

The 2012 re-issue is mastered from the 2011 Japanese re-issue.

Track Info:
Same tracks as LP version
All tracks recorded live at Paris, The Palace, France on 17th & 18th of January 1980.
17th: Careering / Chant / Poptones / Attack
18th: Low Life / Bad Baby / Theme

Publishing Info:
All tracks Written by Public Image Ltd
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Virgin Music Ltd © 1980 Virgin Records Ltd

Although it had not previously been available on CD, 'Paris Au Printemps' was re-issued as special mid-price CD in 1990, along with 'Flowers of Romance' & 'This is What You Want...'.

The front cover art keeps the 'Paris Au Printemps' title, however, the spine and all track listings, are translated back to English.

The sleeve features an abstract John Lydon painting of himself, Levene & Lee.

Apart from the obvious cash incentive of releasing a live album, part of the reason for the album was as an anti-bootlegging exercise. Almost every gig the band played had been released as a bootleg LP.

These gigs were Martin Atkins live debut with PiL.


Produced / Engineered by 'Public Image Ltd'

Recorded live from the gig mixing desk.
Mixed at the Town House, London.

Original Sleeve Design:
Sleeve paintings by John Lydon

'Paris In The Spring' cost us exactly the price of one reel-to-reel tape to record. I just brought my Revox over to Paris and bunged it into the desk and that was it. We got - wonderfully - 30,000 out of Virgin for that - and they were furious. They found out what I'd done and went, 'You're just wasting our money!' But then they sent us into a studio and asked us to at least make an attempt at mixing it. Didn't bother. We just sat round all day in the studio playing cards and Space Invaders. Record companies are so stupid...
- John Lydon, Q Magazine 1992

Metal Box
First Issue

Press Reviews:
Record Collector, May 1990 (CD)
NME, 15th November 1980 (LP)

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