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The Pretenders - Greatest Hits [Import, Original recording remastered]

The PretendersAudio CD
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Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde ... Read more in Amazon's The Pretenders Store

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wea/Warner
  • ASIN: B00004YL2X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brass In Pocket
2. Message Of Love
3. Don't Get Me Wrong
4. Kid
5. Human (Tin Tin Out Remix)
6. I Go To Sleep
7. Forever Young
8. I Got You Babe
9. Night In My Veins
10. Spiritual High (State Of Independence)
11. Talk Of The Town
12. Stop Your Sobbing
13. Hymn To Her
14. 2000 Miles
15. Breakfast In Bed
16. Popstar
17. Middle Of The Road
18. Thin Line Between Love And Hate
19. Back On The Chain Gang
20. I'll Stand By You

Editorial Reviews

Digitally Remastered Hits Collection of Recordings from the Band which is Essentially Chrissie Hynde's Legacy. In Addition to all the Pretenders Standards Are Hynde's Two Duets with Ub40 and her Hit with Moodswings 'spiritual High (State of Independence)'. In Addition, the Tin Tin Out Remix of 'human' Becomes the Standard Version Oftheir Last Single for Sire/Warner Bros.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Good, Good ... Like Brigitte Bardot November 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm rating this CD with 5 stars for one reason: Pretenders. Chrissie Hynde is rock-and-roll. However, note the title of this collection : "Greatest Hits." This is definitely not "Best Songs" or even "Representative Songs." This is about the radio hits. Any Pretenders fan will tell you a true "Greatest" collection will include: "Mystery Achievement," "Tattooed Love Boys," "English Roses," "Bad Boys Get Spanked," "Louie Louie," "Pack it Up," "My City was Gone," "Thumbelina," "Roomful of Mirrors," "Cuban Slide," "Love Colors," "Dragway 42," and, most recently, the great cover of Neil Young's "Needle and the Damage Done." (Another recent cut also highly recommended: Chrissie Hynde and Pretenders guitarist Adam Seymour performing Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" on the tribute CD "Badlands.") All this being said, every Pretenders fanatic will need to add this to their collection. And hey, you will never get tired of hearing "Talk of the Town."
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67 of 87 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No thanks, I'll... "WAIT" August 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sorry, for me this collection doesn't do Chrisse Hynde and The Pretenders justice as the great ... rock n roll band that they are. I'm not surprised or anything. These "Greatest Hits" packages are almost always geared towards making a band look like easy going sellouts.
The hard facts are that THE PRETENDERS had enough kutzpah and swagger to hang with the likes of AC/DC and The Stones.
Unfortunately, this collection (although containg a number of fine songs), completely misses the point of THE PRETENDERS as the great ROCK band that they are.
Please, opt to buy the first few studio albums and listen to Chrissie's ... attitude on gems like "PRECIOUS", "THE WAIT", "MYSTERY ACHIEVEMENT", "MY CITY WAS GONE" or "THE ADULTRESS." These great songs not only feature Chrissie's bid as one of rock n roll's very finest female artists but they also feature some of the best angst riddled guitar riffs, energized melodies and pounding rhythms in rock history.
To anyone not familiar with THE PRETENDERS and who considers themselves a "ROCKER", please avoid this collection and purchase those wonderful studio albums: PRETENDERS, PRETENDERS II & LEARNING TO CRAWL. You'll have a much more clear picture of this great band after listening.
If you just want some nice, safe radio songs then I guess this collection is for you.
Personally, I would "WAIT" for a better set(one that really shows the band's swagger as well as their pop craft) and I think Chrissie would agree.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Pretenders hits package January 13, 2006
By Kevman
Format:Audio CD
This is similar to the "Singles" cd but contains more songs and is remastered. It focuses on their more radio friendly songs, so the more thumpy or punkish songs are not here. Thats good for me as this has the Pretenders sound that I want.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection February 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is an updated collection from the earlier Greatest Hits collection and conatins some of their 90's hits. All Pretenders CDs not equal as their first was just SO good that you'd like to see more from that disc like "Mystery Acheivement" and "Stop Your Sobbing" and less from some later discs. What's here is great music , though, and it's probably a sign that a great band like the Pretenders need 2 discs to squeeze in all their hits, key album tracks, and concert favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just get it December 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
the pretenders are a great band. they are a great album band and such, any greatest hits album will not do them justice. however, they do have lots and lots of great singles which are worth listening to, in and of themselves. i am not going to give this record a great rating, but i am going to recommend it highly simply because all the songs on here are worth listening to, on their own merit. very good stuff. it's the pretenders, for god's sake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars music snobs back off November 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After hearing a radio show on the Pretenders I realized the huge hole in my music library caused by having no album from this prolific band. I signed in to Amazon and spent much of the evening listening to samples and reading reviews of each album. I ordered this album even though many music snobs stated that doing so is selling out to the punk roots of the Pretenders; I respectfully disagree. What this album does is serve as an exemplar of the many stages that this great band has gone through during their long and fruitful career. It creates a complete picture better than most one album sets and is cheaper than buying six different albums. For most people this is the best value and thus the best buy from the Pretenders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're not "Kids" anymore February 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hey, when I was 18, and the Pretenders first album came out, I thought it was the coolest album in the world, and I played it to death. Now, almost 30 years later, this collection is the Pretenders sound for me, a more mellow, older, wiser sound that suits Chrissie Hynde just fine. Chrissie's sound has matured into middle-age with grace and class, and the music here represents that more mature sound very well. Truthfully, as a middle-ager myself, at this point in my life I can relate to a song like "I'll Stand By You" a lot more than I can a song like "Precious" anyways. I'll bet Chrissie would agree.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Chrissie Hynde. Needs no introduction
Published 25 days ago by D. Mart
5.0 out of 5 stars great songs.
Remarkable voice, great songs...highly recommend.
Published 29 days ago by doggy1
5.0 out of 5 stars great series!
great series!
Published 3 months ago by Suzan Grace Ingui
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pretenders
The band The Pretenders no need comments, is one of the best. I've had this cd, however, was misplaced. So I bought it again.
Published 6 months ago by GALVÃO
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretenders greatest are great
With hits like "Stand by You" and "Brass in my Pocket" and others this is a great CD to have for fans of the Pretenders.
Published 12 months ago by MichaelAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrissie and all the rest sounding great!
This cd is just like described-it is all their hits in my opinion.
While i agree some people may not think this covers all their hits i am very much satisfied and as a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars PRETENDERS ALWAYS GREAT
This CD was just magic ! The Pretenders have all their major hits on here . Loved it ! Would highly recommend this one . Read more
Published 14 months ago by ribbo
3.0 out of 5 stars No "Breakfast in Bed" song listed as #15 on back-cover image received;...
The CD I received has same cover design, but only 19 songs-not 20. No song #15 "Breakfast in Bed" of supposed 20 as listed on back cover. Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars It's music.....what's not to like.
I guess writing a review on a CD is odd for me. I don't buy a CD unless there is something about it that I like to begin with.... Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by M. Valla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy With My Purchase
Thank you very much for the quick service & quality product. I will be sure to shop with your company again in the future and recommend you to anyone !
Published on August 12, 2011 by Louis Wolfenson
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