The Pretenders Learning To Crawl Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Punchy, Immediate, Deep Sound!
The Pretenders Learning to Crawl on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from
Mobile Fidelity! 1984 Smash the Sound of a Band Overcoming Tragedies and
Staggering Odds With Gutsy Performances. Vigorous Determination and Solemn
Reflectiveness Pepper Hits Such as "Back on the Chain Gang," "2000 Miles," "My
City Was Gone".
What is the sound of a fledgling band dealing with multiple tragedies, coming to
terms with drastic changes, digging deep into its consciousness, finding
resolution in hurt, and overcoming staggering odds to record a bonafide
masterwork? It's the sound of every note that graces the Pretenders' Learning to
Crawl. Still recognized as one of the most emotionally gripping and musically
gutsy performances ever made, the smash 1984 album hasn't aged a day. And now,
it sounds better than could ever be imagined.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Learning to Crawl finally possesses the
combination of whisper-in-your-ear intimacy and nerve-checking toughness that
it's always demanded. Leader Chrissie Hynde's voice is made viscerally apparent,
wavering between vigorous determination and solemn reflection, while drummer
Martin Chamber's punchy backbeats register with requisite punch. To say nothing
of how fresh the effort's hit singles ("Middle of the Road," "Back on the Chain
Gang") and incredible deep cuts sound.
The story behind Learning to Crawl is directly connected to the powerful, moving
music within. After releasing two records that swept the world by storm
(Pretenders and Pretenders II), the group's fortunes reversed after guitarist
James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of a drug overdose in 1982. Shortly
thereafter, founding member Pete Fardon, fired just two days before his
partner's death, also succumbed to an overdose, leaving the band's state in
tatters. Would there still be a Pretenders?
Hynde answers this question with a resounding "yes" on Learning to Crawl, which
still contains signs of the band's early, street-wise rawness but also adds new
wrinkles, with more streamlined melodies, sensitive ballads, and reflective
tones. "Back on the Chain Gang," the Pretenders' most commercially successful
hit, functioned as a bittersweet tribute to her ex-mates while the
Christmas-themed "2000 Miles" holds rank as one of the most effecting,
penetrating love songs of Hynde's career. Throughout the record, the Pretenders
are again one.
New guitarist Robbie McIntosh supplies simpler, bluesier, basic guitar lines and
the foursome know how to all-out rock, with the furious "Middle of the Road" and
socially conscious "My City Was Gone" testifying to a stinging, thrilling
sensibility that can exist only because of the devastation that the band
survived. Call it the rise of the phoenix or triumph of the human will, but any
way you see it, Learning to Crawl occupies a rare territory--akin to the space
referred to on the superb cover of "Thin Line Between Love and Hate"--that
registers in the pits of the human soul.
Whether you've grown up with this album, heard it in college, or are just
learning about it now, Mobile Fidelity's expertly mastered SACD version is the
only digital edition worth owning. Hear Hynde and Co.'s cathartic, transcendent
effort in all its full splendor, and, like the Pretenders, refuse to settle for
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Middle of the Road
2. Back on the Chain Gang
3. Time the Avenger
4. Watching the Clothes
5. Show Me
7. My City Was Gone
8. Thin Line Between Love and Hate
9. I Hurt You
10. 2000 Miles