Pretenders [CD/DVD]

Pretenders [CD/DVD]

by Pretenders
     
 

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Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude. Although Chrissie Hynde establishes herself as a forceful and

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Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude. Although Chrissie Hynde establishes herself as a forceful and distinctively feminine songwriter, the record isn't a singer/songwriter's tour de force -- it's a rock & roll album, powered by a unique and aggressive band. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott never plays conventional riffs or leads, and his phased, treated guitar gives new dimension to the pounding rhythms of "Precious," "Tattooed Love Boys," "Up the Neck," and "The Wait," as well as the more measured pop of "Kid," "Brass in Pocket," and "Mystery Achievement." He provides the perfect backing for Hynde and her tough, sexy swagger. Hynde doesn't fit into any conventional female rock stereotype, and neither do her songs, alternately displaying a steely exterior or a disarming emotional vulnerability. It's a deep, rewarding record, whose primary virtue is its sheer energy. Pretenders moves faster and harder than most rock records, delivering an endless series of melodies, hooks, and infectious rhythms in its 12 songs. Few albums, let alone debuts, are ever this astonishingly addictive. [Edsel's 2015 reissue of the first Pretenders album contains much of the same material as Rhino's 2006 double-disc reissue. The main distinguishing factor is the addition of a DVD, which contains promo videos for "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid," and "Brass in Pocket," plus the group's Top of the Pops and Swap Shop performances. Where the Rhino reissue shuttled all 16 bonus tracks onto a second CD, Edsel pushes six non-LP tracks onto the first disc -- including "Cuban Slide" and "Porcelain" from the 1981 EP Extended Play, plus a 1987 extended mix of "Kid" that didn't show up on the Rhino set -- then goes through the demos and live versions from the 2006 reissue. All the bonuses are excellent additions to an already superb album.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2015
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0740155804732
catalogNumber:
5058941
Rank:
42525

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Precious
  2. The Phone Call
  3. Up the Neck
  4. Tattooed Love Boys
  5. Space Invader
  6. The Wait
  7. Stop Your Sobbing
  8. Kid
  9. Private Life
  10. Brass in Pocket
  11. Lovers of Today
  12. Mystery Achievement
  13. Swinging London
  14. Nervous But Shy
  15. Cuban Slide
  16. Porcelain
  17. Precious
  18. Kid

Disc 2

  1. The Phone Call
  2. Brass in Pocket
  3. Precious
  4. The Wait
  5. Stop Your Sobbing
  6. I Can't Control Myself
  7. Tequila
  8. Kid
  9. Sabre Dance
  10. I Need Somebody
  11. Mystery Achievement
  12. Precious
  13. Tattooed Love Boys

Disc 3

  1. Stop Your Sobbing
  2. Kid
  3. Brass in Pocket
  4. Stop Your Sobbing
  5. Kid
  6. Brass in Pocket
  7. Brass in Pocket
  8. Kid
  9. Brass in Pocket

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pretenders   Primary Artist
Martin Chambers   Drums,Vocals
Pete Farndon   Bass,Vocals
James Honeyman-Scott   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Chrissie Hynde   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Thomas   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ray Davies   Composer
Martin Chambers   Composer
Pete Farndon   Composer
James Honeyman-Scott   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Steve Nye   Engineer
Bill Price   Engineer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Chalkie Davies   Cover Photo
Derek Burbidge   Director
Mark Robinson   Director
Tony Hodsoll   Packaging
Keith Macmillan   Director
Ben Duke   Licensing

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