Pretenders [Bonus Disc]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Pretenders' debut album received a much-deserved upgrade in the fall of 2006, as Rhino reissued it as a double-disc set containing a remastered version of the original album on the first disc and a wealth of rarities on the second. Of the 16 tracks, 11 are previously unreleased, but the five previously released cuts are relatively rare, including "Cuban Slide" and "Porcelain," the two excellent non-LP cuts from the 1981 EP Extended Play that didn't surface on CD until the 2006 box Pirate Radio. They're highlights here too, particularly for fans of the first lineup of the Pretenders who didn't want to invest in the big box, but this entire second disc is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Pretenders' debut album received a much-deserved upgrade in the fall of 2006, as Rhino reissued it as a double-disc set containing a remastered version of the original album on the first disc and a wealth of rarities on the second. Of the 16 tracks, 11 are previously unreleased, but the five previously released cuts are relatively rare, including "Cuban Slide" and "Porcelain," the two excellent non-LP cuts from the 1981 EP Extended Play that didn't surface on CD until the 2006 box Pirate Radio. They're highlights here too, particularly for fans of the first lineup of the Pretenders who didn't want to invest in the big box, but this entire second disc is extremely worthwhile, a worthy supplement to one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever made. Not that it is always as confident and assured as the finished album; it's often rough, particularly on the demos, such as "Stop Your Sobbing," which isn't as full as the studio version, or on the demo of "Brass in Pocket," which reveals that Chrissie Hynde's original line for the chorus was "you're special" instead of "I'm special," a slight shift that changes the meaning of the song considerably. These may not be as good as the final versions, but they're certainly worthwhile, if only to hear a great band at work, and they're complemented by raucous live cuts -- including a rampaging cover of "Sabre Dance" -- capturing the band at its peak. Add to this a few rarely heard but strong songs -- a demo of "I Can't Control Myself," an early extremely laconic and shambolic version of "Tequila," "Swinging London," and "Nervous But Shy" -- and this is an essential purchase for anybody who is a fan of the first album (which should include anybody who loves rock & roll).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227417826
  • Catalog Number: 74178
  • Sales rank: 1,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Precious (3:35)
  2. 2 The Phone Call (2:28)
  3. 3 Up the Neck (4:26)
  4. 4 Tattooed Love Boys (2:59)
  5. 5 Space Invader (3:26)
  6. 6 The Wait (3:35)
  7. 7 Stop Your Sobbing (2:39)
  8. 8 Kid (3:06)
  9. 9 Private Life (6:24)
  10. 10 Brass in Pocket (3:05)
  11. 11 Lovers of Today (5:50)
  12. 12 Mystery Achievement (5:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cuban Slide (4:33)
  2. 2 Porcelain (3:54)
  3. 3 The Phone Call (2:22)
  4. 4 The Wait (3:08)
  5. 5 I Can't Control Myself (4:24)
  6. 6 Swinging London (1:55)
  7. 7 Brass in Pocket (3:48)
  8. 8 Kid (4:04)
  9. 9 Stop Your Sobbing (2:22)
  10. 10 Tequila (5:22)
  11. 11 Nervous But Shy (1:45)
  12. 12 I Need Somebody (4:04)
  13. 13 Mystery Achievement (4:54)
  14. 14 Precious (3:26)
  15. 15 Tattooed Love Boys (3:06)
  16. 16 Sabre Dance (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pretenders Primary Artist
Martin Chambers Drums, Vocals
Pete Farndon Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
James Honeyman-Scott Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Chrissie Hynde Guitar, Vocals
Chris E. Thomas Keyboards
Pete Frandon Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Aram Khachaturian Composer
Chris Thomas Audio Production
Ray Davies Composer
Martin Chambers Composer
Pete Farndon Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
James Honeyman-Scott Composer
Chrissie Hynde Composer
Bill Inglot Reissue Producer, Remastering
Nick Lowe Producer
Steve Nye Engineer
Paul Weller Composer
Reg Presley Composer
Bill Price Engineer
Rudy Martinez Composer
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Chalkie Davies Cover Photo
Kevin Hughes Cover Design
Tony Secunda Producer
Chris E. Thomas Producer, Original Album Producer
James McNair Liner Notes
Steve Hye Engineer
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