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Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 155/500!
One of the Most Essential Debuts Ever Released: No-Nonsense 1980 Set Ranked
155th Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Added Extension, Sharper Imaging,
Multi-Dimensional Soundstaging Place the Pretenders on a Small Stage in Your
Pretenders' Self-Titled Record Moves Fast With Biting Hooks, Soulful Melodies,
Guitar-Charged Toughness, and Chrissie Hynde's Inimitable Mix of Toughness and
Tenderness: Includes "Brass In Pocket," "Precious," and "Tattooed Love Boys"
The milieu the Pretenders create on their groundbreaking debut didn't exist when
the album came out in early 1980. Such is the magnitude of originality,
creativity, and nerve the band captured on a record that captivated each side of
the Atlantic and both upended and advanced tradition. The no-nonsense set also
announced the arrival of the inimitable Chrissie Hynde, one of the greatest
singer-songwriters in rock history, gender be damned. Equally significant, the
album remains just one of two studio efforts featuring the original members
before tragedy ended the lives of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's collectable SACD of
Pretenders grants the influential music newfound clarity, punch, dynamics, and
perspective that enhance the realism and attack of everything from Hynde's vocal
snarl to the band's myriad textures. Originally recorded live in the studio at
high volume levels by producer Chris Thomas, the record now boasts added
extension, sharper imaging, multi-dimensional soundstaging, and a crispness that
practically places the Pretenders onstage in your room. Replete with detail and
nuance—particularly, Hynde's singing and Honeyman-Scott's terrific array of
hovering chords, colorful palettes, and inventive effects—this is a record that
rewards repeat listening and full-bloom playback.
Cited by Rolling Stone as the 155th Greatest Album of All Time, Pretenders took
shape via the vision of the Ohio-born Hynde and chemistry she achieved with
three Brits circling the same punk orbit—one that saw the frontwoman work with
the Sex Pistols and briefly embark on a serious music-criticism career. Indeed,
while Hynde is the unquestionable leader of the gang, the Pretenders are the sum
of their total parts, displaying rapport and interaction that never came
together more convincingly, naturally, or emotionally as it does on their debut.
Honeyman-Scott's ringing arpeggio tones seamlessly combine with Hynde's no-muss
sass, sensuality, and soulfulness. Similarly, the rhythm section contributes
considerable thump and classically styled explosiveness. Together, the four
sound like no other band.
Such distinctiveness helps explain why Pretenders remains as contemporary now as
it did 30-odd years ago. Schooled in the era's raw, unfiltered English punk yet
equally versed in rockabilly, new-wave pop, and British Invasion rock, the band
orchestrates songs that overflow with keen hooks, sexual swagger, and
ear-catching melodies. Courtesy of the aggressive guitars and leather-tough
cool, Pretenders moves fast, Hynde's assertive deliveries and take-notice lyrics
jolting the senses with a lethal mix of sophistication, toughness, tenderness,
rebelliousness, and romance.
With Honeyman-Scott playing the Richards to her Jagger, Hynde operates on pure
instinct. She throws down the gauntlet on the corrugated pulse of "Precious,"
proves she can hang with even the roughest boys on the energetic bounce of
"Tattooed Love Boys," and, on the smash hit "Brass In Pocket," spouts
self-aggrandizing claims that she would back up for decades to come. Yet Hynde
and the Pretenders' appeal goes much deeper than brazenness. Akin to her
guitarist's unconventional phasing and treated effects, the singer never abides
by rules or stereotypes as she balances the gutsiness and attitude with
sensitivity ("Lovers of Today"), compassion (the jangling "Stop Your Stopping"),
and vulnerability ("Kid").
Pretenders is not only one of the most impressive album debuts in history, it's
one of the most essential records, independent of genre or timing, ever made.
Hear this energetic music in the finest-possible fidelity it's ever enjoyed.
• Super Audio CD
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• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
2. The Phone Call
3. Up the Neck
4. Tattooed Love Boys
5. Space Invader
6. The Wait
7. Stop Your Sobbing
9. Private Life
10. Brass In Pocket
11. Lovers of Today
12. Mystery Achievement