Get Close [CD/DVD]

Get Close [CD/DVD]

by Pretenders
     
 

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In the first edition of the Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde was a smart and streetwise rock & roller with just enough maturity to make something of what life had shown her by her mid-twenties -- and she had the rough-and-tumble band to match for her first two albums. The second version of the group cast her as an unwitting but unbowed

Overview

In the first edition of the Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde was a smart and streetwise rock & roller with just enough maturity to make something of what life had shown her by her mid-twenties -- and she had the rough-and-tumble band to match for her first two albums. The second version of the group cast her as an unwitting but unbowed survivor, determined to move on and keep rocking despite the deaths of two of her bandmates, and the tough, no-nonsense approach of her new collaborators on Learning to Crawl reflected her attitude. Released in 1986, Get Close marked the debut of the Pretenders' Mark Three, and on this album listeners are introduced to Chrissie Hynde, Mature Professional Musician with a band to match. Get Close is never less than solid as a work of craft, and guitarist Robbie McIntosh, drummer Blair Cunningham, and bassist T.M. Stevens deliver tight and emphatic performances throughout, but they also sound like what they are -- journeymen musicians who bring their chops to their projects while leaving their personalities at the door. While Hynde always dominated the Pretenders, by this time it was obvious that this was fully her show, and if she felt less like rocking and more like exploring her emotions and thoughts about parenthood on midtempo pop tunes, no one in the group was going to prod her into doing otherwise; the presence of a large number of additional session players further buffs away any of Get Close's potential sharp edges. Despite all this, Hynde's voice is in great form throughout, and when she gets her dander up, she still has plenty to say and good ways to say it; "How Much Did You Get for Your Soul?" is a gleefully venomous attack on the musically unscrupulous; "Don't Get Me Wrong" is a superb pop tune and a deserved hit single; and the Motown-flavored "I Remember You" and the moody "Chill Factor" suggest she'd been learning a lot from her old soul singles. But after three great albums from the Pretenders, Get Close sounded good but not especially striking, and its hit-and-miss approach, with a few great songs surrounded by lesser material, was something Hynde's fans would find themselves getting used to over the group's next few releases. [Edsel's 2015 reissue of the Pretenders' 1986 album Get Close contains much of the same material from Rhino's 2007 reissue. The main distinguishing factor is the addition of a DVD, which contains promo videos for "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Hymn to Her," and "My Baby," plus performances of "Don't Get Me Wrong" on both Wogan and Top of the Pops. At 16 tracks, the bonus disc is considerably longer than the six bonus cuts added to the Rhino edition. All those bonus tracks are here, along with ten exclusive cuts: live versions, songs recorded for The Living Daylights and 1969 soundtracks, plus "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It's a considerable expansion that makes it worth a second investment for serious fans.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2015
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0740155805036
catalogNumber:
5058936
Rank:
24791

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Baby
  2. When I Change My Life
  3. Light of the Moon
  4. Dance!
  5. Tradition of Love
  6. Don't Get Me Wrong
  7. I Remember You
  8. How Much Did You Get for Your Soul?
  9. Chill Factor
  10. Hymn to Her
  11. Room Full of Mirrors

Disc 2

  1. Dance
  2. Room Full of Mirrors
  3. Tradition of Love
  4. Thumbelina
  5. Middle of the Road
  6. Private Life
  7. Dance
  8. Don't Get Me Wrong
  9. Hold a Candle to This
  10. Worlds Within Worlds
  11. When I Change My Life
  12. Reconsider Me
  13. Where Has Everybody Gone
  14. If There Was a Man
  15. Windows of the World
  16. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Disc 3

  1. Don't Get Me Wrong
  2. Hymn to Her
  3. My Baby
  4. Don't Get Me Wrong
  5. Don't Get Me Wrong

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pretenders   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards
Simon Phillips   Drums
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Violin
Carlos Alomar   Percussion
Bruce Brody   Organ
Martin Chambers   Drums
Blair Cunningham   Percussion,Drums
James Eller   Bass
Malcolm Foster   Bass
Mel Gaynor   Drums
Chrissie Hynde   Guitar,Vocals
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Johnny Marr   Guitar
John McKenzie   Bass
Chucho Merchán   Bass,Percussion
T.M. Stevens   Bass
Bruce Thomas   Bass
Rupert Black   Keyboards
Pat Seymour   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Tommy Mandel   Synthesizer
Steve Jordan   Percussion,Drums
Wix   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
James Hood   Drums

Technical Credits

Burt Bacharach   Composer
John Barry   Composer,Producer
Carlos Alomar   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Howard Gray   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Bruce Lampcov   Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Paul O'Duffy   Producer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Genevieve Gazon   Composer
Meg Keene   Composer
Wayne Raglind   Composer

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