Get Close [Bonus Tracks]

Get Close [Bonus Tracks]

by Pretenders

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Get Close [Bonus Tracks]

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. In the summer of 2007, Rhino Records released an expanded and remastered edition of Get Close that included six bonus tracks. Included are scrappy but energetic early takes of "Dance" and "Hold a Candle to This" (the latter of which would be re-recorded for 1990's Packed!), as well as a pair of excellent live tracks from a February 1987 concert in Austin, TX. While the remix of "Tradition of Love" and the outtake "World Within Worlds" don't add much to the package, the other bonus selections certainly boost the album's average, and the new packaging and liner notes are great; while all this doesn't change the fact that Get Close is an interesting but flawed work, if you want to own this album, this is certainly the version to get.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227999889
catalogNumber: 101049
Rank: 51575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Carlos Alomar   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer
Howard Gray   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Bill Inglot   Reissue Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Bruce Lampcov   Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Dave Phee   Equipment Technician
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Genevieve Gazon   Composer
Meg Keene   Composer
Wayne Raglind   Composer

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