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The Singles

Pretenders

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Album Review

The Pretenders burst on the scene in the early '80s with one of the most compelling presentations of rock & roll ever seen. This collection, which highlights their A and B sides up until the mid-'80s, shows that Chrissie Hynde and co-conspirators were true masters of the rock single. Tracks such as "Brass in Pocket," "Middle of the Road," and the highly underrated "Message of Love" are spectacularly performed, written, and produced. The early band, especially with James Honeyman-Scott's hook-laden guitar playing, was capable of miracles, and you'll find examples of that on virtually every cut.

Customer Reviews

"If there was a man" is missing

It is curious about why "if there was a man" is missing in this Singles collection. I am sure there are a number of people looking for this track ... WHY???

Missing songs

A useful album, but, as previously noted, "If there Was a Man" would have been nice. Also, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "My City Was Gone" could have been thrown in for good measure.

Missing tracks?

Also agree that If There Was A Man and My City Was Gone should've been included but one of the reasons why they weren't is probably because they were never released as singles.

Biography

Formed: 1978 in London, Engalnd

Genre: Rock

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

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...
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