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

Pretenders Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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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 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 I've almost got a kid at 33 baby!!!! Oct. 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
Even though I'm a guy, Chrissie Hynde's amazing words resonate almost 20 years later. "Middle of the Road" is something all adults have to face at some point or another - are we really just like our parents?! Many others have alluded to the commentary of "My City Was Gone," and how it's been appropriated by Limbaugh and the "government that had no pride" (how ironic). I don't think any of the previous reviews mentioned the life-altering song that is "Show Me." Though this album has always been amazing from start to finish, for me "Show Me" has always been the tour de force. "Welcome here from outer space/The Milky Way still in your eyes" What a line! I saw the video to this one on VH1 Classic the other day and had tears in my eyes! It's just one of those songs that makes you glad to be ALIVE! The fills played by Martin Chambers on this song also elevate it to another plane (Martin deserves much of the credit for the way he DRIVES all these songs; he's certainly one of the most underrated drummers to ever hit the skins!). Add to that, the greatest Christmas song from the last 30 years ("2000 Miles") and you've got an album that just about exhausts all superlatives. At this ridiculously low price, you'd have to have permanent dain bramage to not make this a part of your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The last good Pretenders record Sept. 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
After the devastating loss of half of the original Pretenders, I was not expecting much from this record but 17 years later I am still pleasantly surprised. Chrissie's songwriting is so strong that it almost makes up for the absence of Pete Farndon and James Honeyman Scott. No longer the snotty punk of the first two records, this album brims with maturity--(It scares me how all of a sudden I identify with Middle of the Road and Time the Avenger)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally , Mobile Fidelity comes out with this !
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Luc M
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how good it was!
Always liked the Pretenders and the price for the CD was definetly right.Includes some live songs and the quality is excellent!
Published 4 months ago by tom anguish
4.0 out of 5 stars SACD version is very good!
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 more
Published 5 months ago by A guy in Saskatoon
4.0 out of 5 stars best of....
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 14 months ago by michelle laliberte
5.0 out of 5 stars An 80s Classic
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 more
Published on July 19 2012 by A. W. Querel
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
If you don't have this album in your collection, it's a must have... period.
Published on June 30 2005 by "sea-turtle"
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
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 more
Published on June 14 2004 by Melting_Pot
5.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a review...
More like a few thoughts vaguely related to a famous and very
British rock band that had more than it's share of trouble...
A stock scene from zombie etc. Read more
Published on June 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars RUSH's Theme Song Is On This CD!
If your looking for Rush's theme song, this is the CD you want to buy. I bought it for that tune alone and keep my CD player on repeat because it's really the best tune on it and... Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by T. Parkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Rush Limbaugh's theme song? On this album.
If you've been looking for Rush's theme song, here it is- "My City Was Gone". Rush was looking for the best base line he could find, and here it was.. Read more
Published on March 24 2004
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