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Learning to Crawl (Expanded) [Original recording remastered, Import]

Pretenders Audio CD
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1. Middle Of The Road
2. Back On The Chain Gang
3. Time The Avenger
4. Watching The Clothes
5. Show Me
6. Thumbelina
7. My City Was Gone
8. Thin Line Between Love And Hate
9. I Hurt You
10. 2000 Miles
11. Fast Or Slow [The Law's The Law]
12. Tequila
13. I Hurt You
14. When I Change My Life
15. Ramblin' Rob
16. My City Was Gone
17. Money

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The departure of bassist Pete Farndon, and the drug-related death of lead guitarist James Honeyman Scott in 1982, left Chrissie Hynde's Pretenders in disarray, but she and drummer Martin Chambers rallied to produce the stunning 1983 single, "Back on the Chain Gang" (dedicated to Scott), and over the course of the next year, cobbled together enough material for a new album, some of whose tracks included new members: guitarist Robbie McIntosh and bassist Malcolm Foster. Nontheless, the album held together due to Hynde's uniformly strong material, which ranged from the rocking, bluesy "Middle of the Road" to the near-protest tune "My City Was Gone," to the piercing "Time the Avenger." --Billy Altman

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Newly expanded and remastered editions of a pair of the legendary band's mid-career album masterpieces, boasting a wealth of previously unreleased and rare bonus tracks. LEARNING TO CRAWL, their stellar third album, debuted in 1984 and hit #5 on the Billboardr 200. Produced by Chris Thomas, features the all-time Pretenders classics Middle Of The Road, My City Was Gone, Show Me, and Back On The Chain Gang, a #5 pop single. Also includes the band's memorable cover of the Persuaders' '71 hit Thin Line Between Love And Hate, and Hynde's gorgeous contemporary Christmas classic 2000 Miles. Presents seven bonus tracks two previously unissued including live versions of My City Was Gone and Money. Bonus material also features three Denmark Street demos including I Hurt You and When I Change My Life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The OTHER essential Pretenders CD Oct. 30 2003
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Format:Audio CD
It seems to be fairly unanimous that this CD and the first Pretenders album are the must-haves. This is a nearly-perfect album, no bad songs, several truly great ones. Some reviews suggest the band was never as good after the loss of two founding members. I'm not sure that's true, though of course it was never exactly the same, and I was struck by how much of that original sound re-emerged with this album - especially the guitars I'd thought were all Honeyman-Scott. After the letdown of Pretenders II, this album was a musical treat from the opening drums on Middle of the Road, which starts things off with as much force as Precious does on the first album. There isn't a better Pretenders song. Back on the Chain Gang was brilliant and brave. Time the Avenger has a great guitar riff that is reminiscent of the old pop song, Time Won't Let Me, and the lyrics are absolutely scathing. I disagree with the spotlight review about Watching the Clothes being abysmal - it's good musically, describes a universal tedious lonely experience, and is part of a perfect first side that ends with the touching "Show Me" written for her then-new daughter. As was the first song on side two, Thumbelina, which boldly appropriates a Johnny-Cash-like country riff and mixes it with the Pretenders sound in an experiment that turns into a great song. My City Was Gone isn't a personal favorite, but seems to be loved by everyone else. Thin Line and I Hurt You are the two weakest songs to me, but even these are both well done, well-loved by others, and 2000 Miles is a beautiful song and perfect wistful ending. You can't go wrong with this album. If you want to try the Pretenders, this is the obvious CD to start with, and if you're already a fan then you already know it's an essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Crawl Feb. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
A good way to understand this band is to see their first three albums (Pretenders, Pretenders II, Learning to Crawl) as a trilogy, with the latter being the most refined. This isn't meant to depreciate the others; for a group that started as a punk band, refinement is relative! Chrissie Hynde is a great singer/songwriter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only one you need Nov. 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
When "Thumbelina" kicks in, I can feel the rigors up and down my spine. This is a timeless recording that mixes beautifully wonderful lyrics with memorable music. This recording is like a great road trip.
"Middle of the Road" and "Back on the Chain Gang" were big hits, but there are other wonderful gems on this. Robbie McIntosh on guitar is possessed: his "outside" playing on "Watching the Clothes" is positively stunning. And his relaxed melody on "Thumbelina" is chilling, while his finger-picking on "Middle of the Road" just about makes me cry.
There are no throw-aways on this CD. "I Hurt You" is a true-to-life song of vengeful feelings run amok, while "2000 Miles" is a beautiful piece of how many of us "middle-aged" rockers deal with separation from time to time: it's part of the business life you know?
But, of course, "My City Was Gone" is an anthem to all of us oldesters who remember when they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The simplicity of this song is its strength and what makes it timeless. This CD is pure genius. My only regret is that I never saw this particular phase of the Pretenders play live. I envy those of you who have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how good it was! April 13 2014
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Always liked the Pretenders and the price for the CD was definetly right.Includes some live songs and the quality is excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars SACD version is very good! March 6 2014
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It is tough for me to give this only four stars, I love the album and waited for over a year for the SACD to finally be released. The sound of this SACD, in comparison to the Redbook CD is far, far superior. Sadly it is so good that it also reveals the limitations of the original recording/engineering (which is at times a tad bright, [intentional for radio airplay] but only noticeable a few times). So it's as good as we'll ever hear of this album. Crank it up and sing along!
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4.0 out of 5 stars best of.... June 28 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
one of my best in my collection.all the songs are good,..the best of the pretenders,i think....i`ll reccomand to all my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An 80s Classic July 19 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Pretenders 3rd album definitely had a different sound than its two predecessors. The bonus tracks take away away from this classic, they probably should have been left on a seperate disk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome June 30 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you don't have this album in your collection, it's a must have... period.
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