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The Pretenders - Greatest Hits Import, Original recording remastered


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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: #18,029 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

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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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Thats not the only problem though.
wally gator
I personally think the band's GREATEST HITS cd is very good even if they didn't include one of my favorite songs "Revolution".
E. Anderson
All I can say is, if you have any appreciation for music, you'll like The Pretenders.
I tip my hat....

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brian O'Rourke on 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 By Marc Lahn on 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.
M.L.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevman on January 13, 2006
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 By K. Cooper VINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Stearns on 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 By J. Kuczenski on February 14, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By musicfanatic on November 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is actually a good Pretenders compilation, my one complaint would be that they didn't include "My City Was Gone", that seems like a necessary track. That aside, this compilation gathers together most of the hits and a few rarities, as well. Probably best for casual fans, or if you are just getting into The Pretenders, it's a good start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Anderson on July 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I really don't listen to a lot of my favorite bands from the '80s so much nowadays but one of the few bands from my adolescent that I still listen to is The Pretenders. Their music is a melodic mix of pop and punk. Chrissie Hyndes still sounds as good now as she did when I first heard her as a child. I personally think the band's GREATEST HITS cd is very good even if they didn't include one of my favorite songs "Revolution". I definitely think that GREATEST HITS is vastly superior over the band's singles compilation due to production and that the collection includes some of their more recent material from the '90s. My personal favorite Pretenders song will always be the beautiful ballad "Hymn to Her". That song always moves me. Love the pop hooks. I initially never cared much for "Brass in Pocket" (which I have heard that it is Chrissie Hynde's least favorite song) but as I get older, the song has really grown on me. I love the opening line and the beat. The only two songs I don't particularly care for on the compilation is the duets with UB40. I never liked UB40 to begin with. The songs were rubbish to me. Overall great compilation by one of my favorite bands of my childhood.
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