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THE PRETENDERS Pretenders (German 12-track CD album originally released in 1980 album includes the classics Brass In Pocket and Stop Your Sobbing sealed picture sleeve)
This nearly perfect debut album showcases both the extraordinary songs of Ohio-born singer Chrissie Hynde and the rhythmically complex performances of her UK- bred band, Pretenders. The band tramples through the sexual aggression of "Precious", "Up the Neck" and "Tattooed Love Boys"; the classic pop of "Kid" and "Brass in Pocket"; and a brilliant cover of the Kinks's "Stop Your Sobbing". Hynde's sneering vocals add resonance to these tales of sexual revenge, abuse, and longing appropriately fleshed out with blood, guts and guitar. --Rob O'Connor
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These albums were remastered by Rhino in 2007. The 2015 version is much brighter and clearer but lacks in the driving bass sound.
If you like your CD's with a bit of bass, keep the Rhino version.
As for the Edsel sets, it collects more material than the previous version.
Arguably, this was the best Pretenders line-up and after the loss of two founding members and their second album, they deteriorated.
This album starts with the upbeat rocker 'Precious' (which does contain explicit lyrics but infrequently) and continues into the second track at a similar tempo.
Third track and the tempo slows down slightly but not to the extreme of a ballad or anything. Suddenly the album has changed pace and become more melodic and lyrical, and also showing signs of Hynde and co's songwriting skills. Also, the band is very tight and firing on all cylinders throughout.
The album speeds up again and by track number five, we have a non-vocal instrumental which fits in with the tempo of the album fine.
It's not until the second side (if it were a LP) or track seven, that the famous hits or soon-to-be hits kick in.
The band's successful version of the Kinks' original tune 'Stop Your Sobbing' (original, written by the man who would later become Hynde's boyfriend in the early eighties, Ray Davies, is to be found on their self-titled debut album') morphs perfectly into an even bigger hit, written by Hynde - Kid.
This side includes a couple of slower tracks but they always rock (including some very fine guitar work). It always includes the hit Brass In Pocket; which may have been annoyingly overplayed to many, but it fits in just fine within the realms of this excellent debut.Read more ›
The album itself is simply one of the greatest debuts ever, but the demos and live tracks are not just filler. While some tracks were available in the vinyl era on various 45s and EPs, most are unreleased. The remastered sound is much improved over the existing issue and sounds more like the LP, which in this case is all for the best.
This is the first in a series of re-issues of Pretenders CDs and I look forward to the rest.
In fact, those last 3 words are probably the closest description anyone could EVER give of this amazing debut. It certainly had me pressing the 'repeat' button on my stereo.
If, (like I did at first) you've been avoiding the Pretenders cuz you think they're a bunch of arena-rock dinosaurs, then SHAME ON YOU! One spin through this CD will prove you wrong.
It has to be said that things went tragically downhill after the unfortunate deaths of the fantastic Pete Farndon (bass) and James Honeyman-Scott (guitar) and really, this is the best Pretenders album.
On the first half of the disc, Chrissie's a sneering, leather-clad, kick-a** punk-rocker b****. Six tracks of snarling, biting attitude; dirty, pounding rock spat out like broken teeth. No 'special mentions' here; they're all absolutely brilliant.
Although the second side is a lot softer in comparison (perhaps with the exception of 'Mystery Achievement'- to quote another reviewer- a 'rock tour-de-force' if there ever was one) it's just as fantastic. The band maintains their attitude while at the same time being tender and melodic ('Stop Your Sobbing', 'Kid'), plaintive yet beautiful ('Lovers Of Today') and sardonic and cynical ('Private Life'). Most people will know 'Brass In Pocket', a vampy, slow rock song that drips with confidence. This was a massive no. 1 single that really launched the Pretenders. Although it may now have become too overplayed for some, like all the other tracks, I love it.
Bottom line: if you like good rock music (or, in fact, just music)- BUY THIS NOW!!!!!!Read more ›
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Still a great pop album - and now at a giveaway price - every track is a winner.Published 3 months ago by Marty 1969