Prime Music

$3.99 + $3.99 shipping
In Stock. Sold by Izabella'sBooks

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

The Singles

The PretendersAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

Price: $3.99
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Izabella'sBooks.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 15 Songs, 2010 $11.49  
Audio CD, CD, 2008 $10.68  
Audio CD, 1990 $3.99  
Vinyl --  
Audio Cassette, 1990 --  

Amazon's The Pretenders Store

Music

Image of album by The Pretenders

Photos

Image of The Pretenders

Biography

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

Visit Amazon's The Pretenders Store
for 60 albums, photos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

The Singles + Stockholm
Price for both: $13.48

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together
  • Stockholm $9.49



Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LD7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stop Your Sobbing
2. Kid
3. Brass In Pocket
4. Talk of the Town
5. I Go To Sleep
6. Day After Day
7. Message of Love
8. Back On the Chain Gang
9. Middle of the Road
10. 2000 Miles
11. Show Me
12. Thin Line Between Love and Hate
13. Don't Get Me Wrong
14. Hymn To Her
15. My Baby
16. I Got You Babe - The Pretenders / UB40

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Cool, tough, sexy and swaggering, the songs of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders haven't lost a bit of verve. Here are 16 key cuts from their 1980-87 prime including every hit: Back on the Chain Gang; Don't Get Me Wrong; Middle of the Road; Brass in Pocket; Show Me; My Baby; Stop Your Sobbing , and more!

Amazon.com

Ignoring the "Precious" side of Chrissie Hynde's rocking and writing, The Singles still captures a good bit of what was special about her in the '80s. Bopping assertions of strength ("Brass in Pocket"), wistful dreaminess ("Talk of the Town"), flat-out weepers ("2000 Miles"), her tough-mom attitude ("Middle of the Road")--the many sides of her seven-inches are generously surveyed herein. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"The sweetest woman in the world/may be the meanest woman in the world/if you make her that way." The Persuaders sang those words nearly 15 years before the Pretenders, but they strongly describe that resilient group and its charismatic lead singer, Chrissie Hynde.
"The Singles" is ultimately a compelling, although incomplete, survivor's story. In Hynde the group had one of music's most eloquent, expressive voices, as sharp and sarcastic in aiming at social ills (she was among the first to chide early MTV for excluding black artist videos, then ridiculed those same black artists for transforming the videos into commercials) as she was tender and vulnerable describing the longing of "I Go To Sleep" or the sexy, tentative swagger of "Brass In Pocket." (Credit should also go to members Robbie McIntosh and Martin Chambers, who provided the group its ew wave backbeat punch.)
New Wave got assimilated. Band members enjoyed the rock and roll high life, paying the ultimate cost themselves and exacting a high cost on survivors. Causes arose that had to be addressed, but the Pretenders music survived. "Back On The Chain Gang," and "Middle Of The Road" (from 1983's top-selling "Learning To Crawl") are defiant statements of purpose, band members rocking ever harder as Hynde shouts, "I'm going home, I'm tired as hell/I'm not the kind I used to be/I've got a kid, I'm 33." It may not have been the first time a working mom expressed her frustration in song, but it was among the most powerful.
The early hits are all here: their first single "Stop Your Sobbing," the gorgeous Christmas ballad "2000 Miles", a fun remake of "I Got You Babe" with UB40.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Achievement.... June 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"One of the greatest pop singers that has ever lived" is how Elvis Costello has desribed Pretenders' leader Chrissie Hynde. I'm not going to argue with that, for all that her output has actually been quite small for the length of time she's been in the business. The best of the Pretenders is here, pretty much - they were, in all their various incarnations, one of the best singles bands of the early 1980s. Punk attitude meets the melody of the early sixties - with a touch of the ringing guitar from Abbey Road era Beatles. The best known songs will be 'Back on the Chain Gang', with its atmosphere of loss made more poignant by the recent deaths of two original band members; and the sassy 'Brass in Pocket'. My own favourite though is 'Talk of the Town' - a single off the band's second album, it is one of Hynde's most subtle vocal performances, one which moves through many moods in a three minute single. Opening sounding cool, she moves through tough, seductive, vulnerable and longing. It's a stunning, though underplayed, effort, and its sensual edge is complemented by the way the guitars strum and surge into the chorus. Unlike some other reviewers I don't miss 'My City Was Gone' although I'd have preferred it to the duet with UB40, one of the most annoying bands of the era. That, and the poor packaging, loses this a fifth star.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pretenders Keep Us Informed August 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is nothing more than a compilation of hits that were popular in the 80's. Chrissie Hynde is a very versatile artist, giving us authority in her vocals ("Brass In Pocket" and "Don't Get Me Wrong"). Chrissie also gives us a sweet dose of metaphoric pleasure on "Back On The Chain Gang" and "Thin Line Between Love And Hate". Let's not forget to rock out with the toughness of "Middle of the Road", either. A good effort.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant From Start to Finish December 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Hardcore fans tend to gripe--and not without reason--that this compliation presents a one-sided picture of the band, omitting their punkier and more abrasive numbers in favor of pure pop. While I might be prone to agree, I'm so won over by the utterly magnificent music here that the point soon becomes moot. Pretenders is really just Chrissie Hynde and whomever else is available at the moment, a fact that neither negates the legitimacy of the first, tragedy-ridden incarnation of the band, nor says anything about Hynde herself except that she's obviously a team player. Regardless of whose backing her, the woman sings, writes, plays guitar, and kicks (...) with the best of them--matched only by "Parallel Lines"-era Debbie Harry and the legendary Patti Smith. Unlike both of those artists, however, she's managed to make consistently stunning, accessible rock for almost three decades, which must be a record of some kind. By now, everyone who has ever turned on the radio can attest to the excellence of "Brass In Pocket", "Back on the Chain Gain", "Middle of the Road", and "Don't Get Me Wrong". As such, I'd like to direct your attention to "Talk of the Town", "Message of Love", "Show Me" and the beautiful "2000 Miles", all of which add to her case as greatest female rock singer of all time. To put it another way, this is one record everyone should own.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MELODIC ROCK AT ITS BEST December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What a delicious dish of melodic rock and pop! From the opening number Stop Your Sobbing to their lovely interpretation of I Got You Babe that closes the album, this is a non-stop feast for the ears.
Chrissie Hynde is an expert vocalist, perfectly capturing the mood of every song with her nuanced vocals, whilst the rest of the band moves in perfect synth. The guitar playing is amongst the best you'll find in any rock music from the 1980s. Almost all of the songs are masterpieces, but my special favorites include Stop Your Sobbing, Kid, Brass In Pocket, Talk Of The Town, Message Of Love, Don't Get Me Wrong and I Got You Babe.
The music is tender and sensual at times, raucous and ebullient at others. Those who enjoy The Pretenders might also like their contemporaries Pat Benatar, The Cars or Joan Jet. This album should however appeal to a wide spectrum of people who appreciate tuneful and intelligent rock music that is still in touch with its roots.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
4.5
Published 5 days ago by wfulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretenders 'The Singles' music CD Nice!
Got it expedited UPS pkg. in good shape. All the great tunes were excellent and CD is new.
Published 2 months ago
3.0 out of 5 stars STOP YOUR SOBBING is a terrible start for this C
There are some singles that really don't belong in this C.D. The first track, STOP YOUR SOBBING is a terrible start for this C.D. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael J. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 3 months ago by Alison B
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
im glad this is a cd otherwise i would have wore it out already sounds best at a loud volume
Published 5 months ago by ron jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars They are not pretending.
I've always been a casual fan of Chrissie and the boys, but never realized the talent assembled in the Pretenders until I listened to this CD with the headphones on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dave Barkewitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Buy it! It rocks. This is one of the best rock bands ever. Can't help but dance to these tunes.
Published 5 months ago by C. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good addition
Great CD. I wore out the audio cassette so I knew what I was getting on the CD. Came as described.
Published 6 months ago by Nicholas
4.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT PRETENDERS
THE PRETENDERS-THE SINGLES: An attitude laden eighties punk band helmed by the sultry sounding, surly looking CHRISSIE HYNDE, THE PRETENDERS' debut platter proved a flawless mash... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disc
This has many of their wonderful singles except Ohio and is well worth the price. Chrissy H just never dates.
Published 7 months ago by Susan G.
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Look for Similar Items by Category

Izabella'sBooks Privacy Statement Izabella'sBooks Shipping Information Izabella'sBooks Returns & Exchanges