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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

Appreciate the greatness!

Suffice it to say that rather than picking apart the history of the band, I feel this band is incredibly important and somewhat under appreciated. Her melodies haunt my dreams and waking hours. And that vibrato makes me all emotional. Hell, I tear up when I hear Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singing like her! This collection is a great place to start but I think the band's whole discography is rock solid.

The Pretenders 80's classics

This is a great disc. Some of the best late 70's and 80's Progressive/pop/rock came from Chrissie H. and Company. Chrissie carries every song whether rocking with her sultry voice or softly serenading us. Her unique sound was a trademark along with the jangling guitar sound and trademark beats that plastered the FM charts for most of the 80's. Almost everything here is good. I would have swapped out one of the slow tunes for My City was Gone, though each of the ballads are good, and spotlight her voice. Kid, Day After Day, Message of Love, Back on the Chain Gang, and Middle of the Road are Favorites. Brass in Pocket was one of their biggest hits and Don't get me Wrong was a catchy later 80's hit. All of it is good...

Great album

I've had it since around 1987 and it is a classic. Except maybe for the UB40 duet. But everything else, classic.

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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