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Customer Reviews

Chrissie rules!

Great collection from the greatest band of the 80s and beyond. While other bands would have succumbed long ago to the tragedy that befell Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders (losing both their amazing guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon to overdoses after Pretenders II)--Chrissie carried on and delivered one of their best albums "Learning To Crawl" which spawned the autobiographical gem "Back on the Chain Gang". Each album is represented here as well as amazing live versions and covers-Check out Radiohead's "Creep" and Neil Young's "Needle and the damage done". Amazing collection from one of rock's greatest bands!!

A long-deserved tribute

This is one of those box sets we didn't realize how much we'd all been waiting for. The Pretenders were one of the best bands of the late 70s/early 80s, and this collection really lays it out finally for the world to admire. There are gems in here to please the oldtime fans, like the opening demo version of Precious (so raw, so sublime), the non-album singles like Cuban Slide and Porcelain (one of the best rock-n-roll renditions of a technicolor yawn ever recorded) and tracks that fans who drifted away in the 90s might have missed out on, like the cover of Morrissey's Everyday is like Sunday (how perfect is Chrissie's voice for that melody?) If you felt like you'd lost an old friend after Watching the Clothes was released - notice how even that embarrassment somehow gets redeemed by the edgy demo cut here - well, perhaps that old friend has come back again after so many years.

Finally! An awesome Pretenders anthology!

Not only does everything sound better than ever, but this set avoids the filler so common on other artists' boxed sets. Some songs sound much better than their original CD pressings, while others seem like marginal improvements. If you want the Pretenders essentials and some alternates and demos that are often as good as -- sometimes better than -- their original versions, you have to get this set. Chrissie Hynde ROCKS!


Formed: 1978 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde was an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock & roll to her own liking, while guitarist...
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