Thursday, June 14, 2007

My '80s Remastered - Learning To Crawl

The second round of Pretenders reissues hit US shelves last week. Last year brought the first two albums, and this round brings Learning To Crawl and Get Close. The original records have been remastered, and each has a bunch of bonus material. Learning To Crawl is the beginning of Pretenders v2.0. After the tragic deaths of James Honeyman Scott and Pete Farndon, Chrissie regrouped with Martin Chambers on drums, Robbie McIntosh on guitar and Malcolm Foster on bass. The original sound more or less intact, it is an album chock full of classic Chrissie songs and quite a few hits. She had been knocked down hard, but with this album Chrissie proved she could get right back up again, and with songs as memorable as those that came before. There are some rock classic moments here too - Middle Of The Road, 2000 Miles, Show Me, and the two I offer today. Back On The Chain Gang is pure pop heaven, all chiming guitars and that lovely voice. On the previously unreleased tip you get a smokin' version of one of Chrissie's greatest songs, My City Was Gone (Live). A great LP finally given the long overdue remastered treatment.

Back On The Chain Gang
My City Was Gone (Live)

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