2/21/2009

Pretenders - Learning To Crawl (1984) (Remaster Edit 2007)

Pretenders - Learning To Crawl (1984) (Remaster Edit 2007)

“Learning To Crawl” is the third album by the Pretenders. Released after a two-year hiatus during which the band lost half its members, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon both who died of drug overdoses, the music in “Learning To Crawl” has a completely different sound and style than the punk and new wave music on their first two albums. “Learning To Crawl” was extremely popular, rising to #5 on The Billboard 200 and had two top ten hits, “Back on the Chain Gang” and “My City Was Gone”

This remastered and expanded reissue of “Learning To Crawl” contains seven bonus tracks including the b-side single “Fast Or Slow (The Law’s The Law)”, one of Hynde’s earliest songs “Tequila” (that didn’t make it on Pretenders I), unreleased live versions of “My City Was Gone” and the Motown staple “Money”, plus unreleased pre-LP demos of “I Hurt You”, “When I Change My Life”, and “Ramblin’ Rob”.

Chrissie Hynde took a long, hard road to rock & roll stardom, but when her band, the Pretenders, finally broke through in 1979, they wasted no time, growing from promising newcomers on the British music scene to major international stardom with a pair of smash albums to their credit in a mere three years. But the Pretenders' meteoric rise came to a crashing halt in 1982, when drug abuse claimed the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and forced Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers to dump bassist Pete Farndon, who would also succumb to an OD in April 1983. Hynde was forced by circumstance to reinvent the Pretenders for their third album, 1984's Learning to Crawl, but if the new edition of the group lacked some of the spark of the band that made the first two LPs, through sheer force of will Hynde created a masterpiece. While Hynde hardly held back in her emotionally potent songwriting in the Pretenders' early work, on Learning to Crawl there's a gravity to her lyrics that blended with her tough but wiry melodic sense and streetwise intelligence to create a set of truly remarkable tunes. "Back on the Chain Gang" is a touching tribute to her fallen comrades that still sounds bitterly rueful, "Middle of the Road" is a furious rocker that explores the emotional and physical toll of a musician's life, "Time the Avenger" is a taut, literate examination of a businessman's adulterous relationship, "My City Was Gone" deals with the economic and cultural decay of the Midwest in a manner both pithy and genuinely heartfelt, and "2000 Miles" is a Christmas number that demonstrates Hynde can be warm without getting sappy. As a guitarist, Robbie McIntosh brought a simpler and more elemental style to the Pretenders than Pete Farndon, but his tough, muscular leads fit these songs well, and bassist Malcolm Foster's solid punch fits Chambers' drumming perfectly. Three albums into her recording career, Chrissie Hynde found herself having to put the past to bed and carve out a new beginning for herself with Learning to Crawl, but she pulled it off with a striking mixture of courage, strength, and great rock & roll; with the exception of the instant-classic debut album, it's the Pretenders' finest work. In 2007, Rhino Records released an expanded and remastered edition of Learning to Crawl featuring seven bonus tracks. "Fast or Slow (The Law's the Law)" and "Ramblin' Bob" are two unreleased cuts that (respectively) give Martin Chambers and Robbie McIntosh a chance to show off their songwriting chops (and they both sound better than many folks would expect), while "Tequila," a country-influenced number from Hynde's pen recorded for the album but cut from the running order, finally surfaces on this disc, along with demos of "I Hurt You" and "When I Change My Life" (the latter of which would be re-recorded for 1986's Get Close). The disc closes out with two great live tunes from the Pretenders' set at the 1983 US Festival, "My City Was Gone" and a witty cover of Barrett Strong's "Money." Add Ben Edmonds' fine new liner notes and crisp new mastering and this is a near-definitive presentation of one of the great albums of the '80s...M. Deming

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Line-up

Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar)
Robbie McIntosh (guitar)
Malcolm Foster (bass)
Martin Chambers (drums, background vocals)

Tracklist:

01. Middle of the Road 4:14
02. Back on the Chain Gang 3:51
03. Time The Avenger 4:56
04. Watching the Clothes 2:52
05. Show Me 4:16
06. Thumbelina 3:17
07. My City Was Gone 5:25
08. Thin Line Between Love and Hate 3:40
09. I Hurt You 4:37
10. 2000 Miles 3:46
11. Fast or Slow (The Law's the Law) (bonus) 3:15
12. Tequila (bonus) 3:35
13. I Hurt You (Denmark Street Demo) 4:06
14. When I Change My Life (Denmark Street Demo) 4:43
15. Ramblin' Rob (Denmark Street Demo) 3:32
16. My City Was Gone (Live) 4:53
17. Money (Live) 4:39

8 comments:

Sean said...

Hey Samantha, just found your great blog. Thanks for The Pretenders.. They're one of the few REAL rock bands still out there. You don't have Pretenders 2 by any chance do you? Peace.

Sean said...

How do I get the password? Thanks.

samantha said...

pass: 2000mustangs

Sean said...

Got it, thanks.

Sean said...

Got it, thanks

samantha said...

this one ????????

Pretenders - Pretenders II (1981) (Reissue 2006)

Rhino released a re-mastered edition of Pretenders II in 2006, including with it a second disc of live tracks and outtakes. On disc two, tracks 1-3, 5-6, 8-13, and 15 originally appeared as a Warner Bros. promotional live album, Pretenders Live at the Santa Monica Civic, from 1982. Tracks 4 and 14 appeared as b-sides to the single release of "I Go to Sleep." Tracks 14 and 16-18 are previously unreleased.

Tracklist:

CD 1 - Original Album:

01. The Adultress
02. Bad Boys Get Spanked
03. Message Of Love
04. I Go To Sleep
05. Birds Of Paradise
06. Talk Of The Town
07. Pack It Up
08. Waste Not Want Not
09. Day After Day
10. Jealous Dogs
11. The English Roses
12. Louie Louie

CD 2 - Bonus CD:

01. The Wait (live)
02. The Adultress (live)
03. Message Of Love (live)
04. Louie Louie (live)
05. Talk Of The Town (live)
06. Birds Of Paradise (live)
07. The English Roses (live)
08. Up The Neck (live)
09. Bad Boys Get Spanked (live)
10. Stop Your Sobbing (live)
11. Private Life (live)
12. Kid (live)
13. Day After Day (live)
14. Brass In Pocket (live)
15. Higher And Higher (live)
16. Talk Of The Town (Studio Demo)
17. I Go To Sleep (Guitar version - Outtake)
18. Pack It Up (Radio mix - Outtake)

Sean said...

Yeah, that seems to be their "overlooked" album, for some reason. BTw thanks for the new U2.. nice catch!

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