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Learning to Crawl (Expanded) Original recording remastered, Import
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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|
|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]|
|13. I Hurt You|
|14. When I Change My Life|
|15. Ramblin' Rob|
|16. My City Was Gone|
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.
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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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"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.
I Hurt You does a slowburn blues and Paul Carrack plays keyboards on Thin Line Between Love and Hate, an outstanding cover. Watching the Clothes is kind of irritating but as a whole this is a very good cd. Although I cant help but wonder just what could have been--Just imagine a revved up Thumbelina with Pete Farndon's pumping bass and James Honeyman Scott's guitar slashing across the top before disintegrating into a manic Tattoed Love Boys style solo.
Amazingly Chrissie Hynde's songwriting took a nosedive after this album--the first three cds are all you would ever need.
Most recent customer reviews
This is my favourite cd from the eighties...and I still love it just as much today. Too bad it skips on three different songs.Published 2 months ago by Bev Onyschak
Learning to crawl, is an album that was committed just before two of those we see on this album cover passed over together as this album was going to press. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Luc Morin
Always liked the Pretenders and the price for the CD was definetly right.Includes some live songs and the quality is excellent!Published 22 months ago by tom anguish
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. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A guy in Saskatoon
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.Published on June 28 2013 by michelle laliberte
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... Read morePublished on July 19 2012 by A. W. Querel
If you don't have this album in your collection, it's a must have... period.Published on June 30 2005
The high points of CD are some, but there are some low points, too. The high points are: My City Was Gone(which in case your'e wondering is Rush Limbaugh's theme), Middle Of The... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Melting_Pot