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Pretenders: Pretenders [CD/DVD] [Digipak]

Track List

>Precious
>Phone Call, The
>Up the Neck
>Tattooed Love Boys
>Space Invader
>Wait, The
>Stop Your Sobbing
>Kid
>Private Life
>Brass in Pocket
>Lovers of Today
>Mystery Achievement
>Swinging London
>Nervous But Shy
>Cuban Slide
>Porcelain
>Precious [Live in Central Park, 30 August 1980] - (live)
>Kid [1987 Extended Remix] - (remix)
>Phone Call [Demo], The
>Brass in Pocket [Demo]
>Precious [Demo]
>Wait [Demo], The
>Stop Your Sobbing [Demo]
>I Can't Control Myself [Demo]
>Tequila [Demo]
>Kid [Demo]
>Sabre Dance [The Marquee, April 1979] - (live)
>I Need Somebody [The Kid Jensen Show, July 1979] - (live)
>Mystery Achievement [The Kid Jensen Show, July 1979] - (live)
>Precious [The Paradise Theatre, March 1980] - (live)
>Tattooed Love Boys [The Paradise Theatre, March 1980] - (live)
>Stop Your Sobbing [Promo Video]
>Kid [Promo Video]
>Brass in Pocket [Promo Video]
>Stop Your Sobbing [Top of the Pops, 15 February 1979] - (live)
>Kid [Top of the Pops, 19 July 1979] - (live)
>Brass in Pocket [Top of the Pops, 22 November 1979] - (live)
>Brass in Pocket [Top of the Pops, 13 December 1979] - (live)
>Kid [Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, 15 December 1979] - (live)
>Brass in Pocket [Top of the Pops, 3 January 1980] - (live)

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 12 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"

Rolling Stone - Ranked # 20 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey (November 1989).

Rolling Stone (p.113) - 5 stars out of 5 - "PRETENDERS stands as a stunning confluence of hooks, sonics and substance - it's one of those rare albums on which every move turns out to be the right one."

Alternative Press (7/01, p.96) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Women's Rock Albums" - "...An absolute classic album...a set of tough, distinctive pop songs..."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.6) - Ranked #2 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1980".

Album Notes

The Pretenders: James Honeyman Scott (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar); Pete Farndon (vocals, bass); Martin Chambers (vocals, drums).

Additional personnel: Chris Thomas (keyboards, sound effects); Gerry Mackleduff (drums).

Recorded at Wessex Studios, London, England.

Personnel: James Honeyman-Scott (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar); Martin Chambers (vocals, drums); Pete Farndon (vocals); Chris Thomas (keyboards); Matt Smyth, Dave Reilly (tapes).

Audio Mixer: Bill Price .

Recording information: AIR Studios (02/06/1978); AIR Studiso (02/06/1978); Central Park (02/06/1978); Olympic Studios (02/06/1978); Paradise Theatre, Boston (02/06/1978); Regent's Park (02/06/1978); The Marquee, London (02/06/1978); Wessex Studios (02/06/1978); AIR Studios (03/23/1980); AIR Studiso (03/23/1980); Central Park (03/23/1980); Olympic Studios (03/23/1980); Paradise Theatre, Boston (03/23/1980); Regent's Park (03/23/1980); The Marquee, London (03/23/1980); Wessex Studios (03/23/1980); AIR Studios (04/02/1979); AIR Studiso (04/02/1979); Central Park (04/02/1979); Olympic Studios (04/02/1979); Paradise Theatre, Boston (04/02/1979); Regent's Park (04/02/1979); The Marquee, London (04/02/1979); Wessex Studios (04/02/1979); AIR Studios (04/12/1978); AIR Studiso (04/12/1978); Central Park (04/12/1978); Olympic Studios (04/12/1978); Paradise Theatre, Boston (04/12/1978); Regent's Park (04/12/1978); The Marquee, London (04/12/1978); Wessex Studios (04/12/1978); AIR Studios (08/30/1980); AIR Studiso (08/30/1980); Central Park (08/30/1980); Olympic Studios (08/30/1980); Paradise Theatre, Boston (08/30/1980); Regent's Park (08/30/1980); The Marquee, London (08/30/1980); Wessex Studios (08/30/1980); AIR Studios (12/07/1978); AIR Studiso (12/07/1978); Central Park (12/07/1978); Olympic Studios (12/07/1978); Paradise Theatre, Boston (12/07/1978); Regent's Park (12/07/1978); The Marquee, London (12/07/1978); Wessex Studios (12/07/1978); AIR Studios (1977); AIR Studiso (1977); Central Park (1977); Olympic Studios (1977); Paradise Theatre, Boston (1977); Regent's Park (1977); The Marquee, London (1977); Wessex Studios (1977).

Photographers: Des Letts; Fin Costello; Pauline Worrall; Tom Sheehan .

Former rock critic Chrissie Hynde launched the Pretenders with an engaging, yet passive, version of the Kinks' "Stop Your Sobbing." She unveiled her own persona fully on The Pretenders, which contains a series of excellent compositions marked by her sensual vocals and brilliant sense of dynamics. An understanding of pop's structures allowed Hynde to exploit them to her own ends while sympathetic support, particularly that of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, used the excitement of rock without reference to its cliches. Tough and opinionated, Chrissie Hynde's first declaration of independence established the formula she proceeded to follow.



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