By Clark Collis
March 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Pirate Radio

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Drummer Martin Chambers once remarked that his Pretenders boss Chrissie Hynde was easy to get along with…as long as you did what she said. In part, then, this excellent career-spanning four-CD/one-DVD boxed set stands as a tribute to benevolent dictatorship. But mostly, Pirate Radio confirms the band’s trump card to be Hynde’s seductively in-control voice: Whether performing self-penned pop-rock gems (”Brass in Pocket,” ”Talk of the Town”) or covers (Morrissey’s ”Everyday Is Like Sunday,” a live version of Radiohead’s ”Creep”), it has remained, down the decades, as cool and unchanging as her haircut.

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