‘Pretenders’

‘Pretenders’ feat. ‘Stop Your Sobbing’ & ‘Brass in Pocket’ is their debut eponymous studio album produced by Chris Thomas and released on 7 January 1980 by Real / Sire.

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Track Listing : 1.Precious (Chrissie Hynde) – 03:36 . 2.The Phone Call (Chrissie Hynde) – 02:29 . 3.Up The Neck (Chrissie Hynde) – 04:27 . 4.Tattooed Love Boys (Chrissie Hynde) – 02:59 . 5.Space Invader (Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott) – 03:26 . 6.The Wait (Hynde, Farndon) – 03:35 . 7.Stop Your Sobbing (Ray Davies) – 02:38 . 8.Kid (Chrissie Hynde) – 03:06 . 9.Private Life (Chrissie Hynde) – 06:25 . 10.Brass In Pocket (Honeyman-Scott, Hynde) – 03:04 . 11.Lovers Of Today (Chrissie Hynde) – 05:51 . 12.Mystery Achievement (Chrissie Hynde) – 05:23

Musicians : The Pretenders – Band . Chrissie Hynde – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar . Martin Chambers – Drums, Backing Vocals . Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals . James Honeyman-Scott – Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals . Geoff Bryant – Horn . Henry Lowther – Trumpet . Gerry Mackelduff – Drums On (7) . Chris Mercer – Saxophone . Chris Thomas – Keyboards . Jim Wilson – Trumpet

Production : Produced By Chris Thomas, Nick Lowe On (7) . Steve Hoffman – Mastering . Steve Nye – Engineer . Bill Price – Engineer, Mixing . Mike Stavrou – Mixing . Robert Vosgien – Mastering

Package : Chalkie Davies – Photography . Kevin Hughes – Cover Design . Des Letts – Photography . Tom Sheehan – Photography

Recorded In 1979 At Studio Wessex Studios And Air Studios.

Released On January 7, 1980 By Real / Sire.

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Classic Rock Review
“Brass in Pocket” is the most popular early track by The Pretenders, driven by the slightly funky riff by Honeyman-Scott, Hynde’s great sense of melody, and Farndon’s rounded eighties bass to introduce the new decade. […]

Ultimate Classic Rock
Unlike most of her contemporaries, Hynde wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable on ‘Private Life’ and ‘Kid,’ the latter of which featured a wonderful solo from Honeyman-Scott, whose contributions to the album cannot be overstated. […]

PopMatters
Appropriately, Pretenders was released in January 1980, a swan song for the post-punk palace revolution that never quite panned out. This was an album that immediately demanded its own space, allowing a new band the chance to get its licks in before the eventual onslaught of a decade that, musically speaking, would become increasingly icy and arid. […]

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