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Pretenders - Pretenders [Sire SRK 6083] (1980)

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Artist:

Pretenders

Title:

Pretenders

Released: 1980
Label: Sire
Catalog: SRK 6083
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01-Precious
02-The Phone Call
03-Up The Neck
04-Tattooed Love Boys
05-Space Invader
06-The Wait
07-Stop Your Sobbing
08-Kid
09-Private Life
10-Brass In Pocket
11-Lovers Of Today
12-Mystery Achievement
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Pretenders is the debut studio album by the British-American band The Pretenders, released on 7 January 1980 under Real Records (Sire Records in the United States). A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles ''Stop Your Sobbing'', ''Kid'' and ''Brass in Pocket''.

Nick Lowe produced the Pretenders' first single, ''Stop Your Sobbing'', but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band was ''not going anywhere''. Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.

Pretenders debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart in the week of its release and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. It also made the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum during 1982 by the RIAA. Pretenders has been named one of the best albums of all time by VH1 (#52). In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980s. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #64 on its list, ''Best Albums of the 1980s''. [wikipedia.org]


Pretenders - Pretenders II [Sire SRK 3572] (15 August 1981)

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Artist:

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Title:

Pretenders II

Released: 15 August 1981
Label: Sire
Catalog: SRK 3572
Pressing: Allied Record Company - B-15977
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Adultress
02 Bad Boys Get Spanked
03 Message Of Love
04 I Go To Sleep
05 Birds Of Paradise
06 Talk Of The Town
07 Pack It Up
08 Waste Not Want Not
09 Day After Day
10 Jealous Dogs
11 The English Roses
12 Louie Louie
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Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

The Pretenders' debut album was such a powerful, monumental record that its sequel was bound to be a bit of a disappointment, and Pretenders II is. Essentially, this album is an unabashed sequel, offering more of the same sound, attitude, and swagger, including titles that seem like rips on their predecessors and another Ray Davies cover. This gives the record a bit too much of a pat feeling, especially since the band seems to have a lost a bit of momentum -- they don't rock as hard, Chrissie Hynde's songwriting isn't as consistent, James Honeyman-Scott isn't as inventive or clever. These all are disappointments, yet this first incarnation of the Pretenders was a tremendous band, and even if they offer diminished returns, it's still diminished returns on good material, and much of Pretenders II is quite enjoyable. Yes, it's a little slicker and more stylized than its predecessor, and, yes, there's a little bit of filler, yet any album where rockers as tough as ''Message of Love'' and ''The Adultress'' are balanced by a pop tune as lovely as ''Talk of the Town'' is hard to resist. And when you realize that this fantastic band only recorded two albums, you take that second album, warts and all, because the teaming of Hynde and Honeyman-Scott was one of the great pairs, and it's utterly thrilling to hear them together, even when the material isn't quite up to the high standards they set the first time around.

Pretenders's Biography

The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978. The original band consisted of initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). Following the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon, the band has experienced numerous subsequent personnel changes, with Hynde as the only consistent member, and Chambers returning after an absence of several years.

Hynde launched a solo career in 2014, and the Pretenders have not played since 2012. However, on September 6, 2016 it was announced that the Pretenders would tour with Stevie Nicks on a 27 city tour for the last three months of 2016. [wikipedia.org]
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