"Pretenders" and "Pretenders II" albums to get deluxe editions curated by Chrissie Hynde

"Pretenders" and "Pretenders II" to be released as brand new Deluxe Editions curated by Chrissie Hynde available November 5, 2021.
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LOS ANGELES – At the turn of the 80s, Pretenders announced themselves to the world with what is widely regarded as one of the greatest debut albums of all time. They solidified their status as one of the most exciting bands around with their follow-up album Pretenders II, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Consisting of their most famous line-up with Chrissie Hynde (vocals and guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (guitar), Pete Farndon (bass), and Martin Chambers (drums), Pretenders first two albums created a rock sound that perfectly blended glistening guitar hooks, striking vocals with undertones of punk that still sounds fresh to this day.

On November 5, Pretenders’ first two albums will be celebrated in two brand-new 3CD deluxe editions curated by Chrissie Hynde and will be available from all music retailers. Pretenders and Pretenders II will also be available on limited edition red and white vinyl respectively, as well as special, numbered print based on the "Brass In Pocket" single cover limited to 500 copies worldwide, exclusively available at Rhino.com.

Curated by Chrissie Hynde, both Pretenders and Pretenders II are each presented in striking 12x12 3CD deluxe sets, featuring a high-quality book with brand-new liner notes by acclaimed journalist Will Hodgkinson. They also include a myriad of rare and unseen photos of the band, by turn both beautiful and candid. PRETENDERS (DELUXE EDITION) contains the original album remastered by Chris Thomas, alongside demos, rarities, and many live performances. These include BBC sessions on The Kid Jensen Show, and performances at The Paris Theatre, London, and Paradise Theater in Boston. PRETENDERS II (DELUXE EDITION) also features a remastered version of the album by Chris Thomas, demos, and alternates alongside two live performances; one from Central Park, New York City in 1980, and an electric show from The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1981.

Pretenders’ first release came almost a year earlier to the album’s release, with their Top 40 debut single, a cover of The Kinks’ "Stop Your Sobbing" produced by Nick Lowe. Next came "Kid," another UK Top 40 hit and their first originally written single. Following both singles would come one of Pretenders’ biggest tracks to this day, "Brass In Pocket." Leading with a glorious guitar rhythm embodied by a luscious chorus, "Brass In Pocket" launched Pretenders onto a different level, with the track finishing reaching #1 in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, and South Africa, as well as Top 5 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, New Zealand and more. It was also a success in the US, reaching #14 and becoming the 7th music video aired on MTV. The album continues to be highly acclaimed to this day, regularly featuring amongst best of the 1980s lists, as well as being certified Platinum in USA, and Gold in UK, Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand.

During the year between Pretenders and Pretenders II, the band continued their momentum releasing two singles in the UK, "Talk Of The Town" and "Message Of Love," with the former reaching #8 and the latter #11 in the UK singles charts. The appetite in the US maintained too, with Pretenders releasing an EP simply named Extended Play, containing five tracks that would later be on the Pretenders II album. With a clamoring for more Pretenders material, Pretenders II was released on August 15, 1981, to great fanfare. The album would end up peaking #7 in the UK, and #10 in the US, being certified Silver and Gold respectively in the process. Further highlights of the album include another cover of The Kinks, in the form of "I Go To Sleep."

   

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Pretenders (Deluxe Edition) - 3CD 

CD1 – Original Album & B-Sides

Original Album

1.    Precious

2.    The Phone Call

3.    Up The Neck

4.    Tattooed Love Boys

5.    Space Invader

6.    The Wait

7.    Stop Your Sobbing

8.    Kid

9.    Private Life

10. Brass In Pocket

11. Lovers Of Today

12. Mystery Achievement

B-Sides

13. Cuban Slide

14. Porcelain

15. The Wait (Nick Lowe Version)

16. Nervous But Shy

17. Swinging London

 

CD2 – Demos & BBC In Studio

Demos

1.    The Phone Call

2.    Suicide*

3.    Brass In Pocket

4.    Precious

5.    The Wait

6.    I Can’t Control Myself

7.    Stop Your Sobbing

8.    Tequila

9.    Kid

10. I Go To Sleep*

11. Do I Love You*

BBC In Session: The Kid Jensen Show, February 5th, 1979

12. The Wait (The Kid Jensen Show, February 5th, 1979)*

13. Up The Neck (The Kid Jensen Show, February 5th, 1979)*

14. Stop Your Sobbing (The Kid Jensen Show, February 5th, 1979)*

15. Private Life (The Kid Jensen Show, February 5th, 1979)*

16. Cuban Slide (The Kid Jensen Show, February 5th, 1979)*

BBC In Session: The Kid Jensen Show, July 2nd, 1979

17. Mystery Achievement (The Kid Jensen Show, July 2nd, 1979)

18. I Need Somebody (The Kid Jensen Show, July 2nd, 1979)

19. Tattooed Love Boys (The Kid Jensen Show, July 2nd, 1979)*

 

CD3 – Live

BBC In Session: Live at The Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979

1.    The Wait (Live at Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979)*

2.    Stop Your Sobbing (Live at Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979)*

3.    Kid (Live at Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979)*

4.    Cuban Slide (Live at Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979)*

5.    Brass In Pocket (Live at Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979)*

6.    Tattooed Love Boys (Live at Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979)*

7.    Mystery Achievement (Live at Paris Theatre, London, January 2nd, 1979)*

Warner Bros. Music Show: Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)*

8.    Space Invader (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

9.    The Wait (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

10. Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)

11. Kid Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

12. Private Life Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

13. Cuban Slide Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

14. The Phone Call Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)*

15. Talk Of The Town Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

16. Tattooed Love Boys Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)

17. Up The Neck Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

18. Mystery Achievement Precious (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

19. Stop Your Sobbing (Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, March 23rd, 1980)**

 

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Pretenders (2018 Remaster) - 1LP Red

1.    Precious

2.    The Phone Call

3.    Up The Neck

4.    Tattooed Love Boys

5.    Space Invader

6.    The Wait

7.    Stop Your Sobbing

8.    Kid

9.    Private Life

10. Brass In Pocket

11. Lovers Of Today

12. Mystery Achievement

 

 

Pretenders II (Deluxe Edition) - 3CD

CD1 – Original Album

1.    The Adultress

2.    Bad Boys Get Spanked

3.    Message Of Love

4.    I Go To Sleep

5.    Birds Of Paradise

6.    Talk Of The Town

7.    Pack It Up

8.    Waste Not Want Not

9.    Day After Day

10. Jealous Dogs

11. The English Roses

12. Louie Louie

 

CD2 – Studio Demos, Singles & Alternates

1.    Talk Of The Town (Demo)

2.    What You Gonna Do About It

3.    I Go To Sleep (Guitar Version – Outtake)

4.    Pack It Up (Radio Mix – Outtake)

5.    Day After Day (Single Mix)

6.    In The Sticks

7.    Louie Louie (Monitor Mix)*

Live in Central Park, NYC, August 30th, 1980

8.    Precious (Live in Central Park, NYC, August 30th, 1980)

9.    Space Invader (Live in Central Park, NYC, August 30th, 1980)*

10. Cuban Slide (Live in Central Park, NYC, August 30th, 1980)*

11. Porcelain (Live in Central Park, NYC, August 30th, 1980)*

12. Tattooed Love Boys (Live in Central Park, NYC, August 30th, 1980)*

13. Up The Neck (Live in Central Park, NYC, August 30th, 1980)*

 

CD3 – Live At The Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981

1.    The Wait (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

2.    The Adultress (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

3.    Message Of Love (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

4.    Louie Louie (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

5.    Talk Of The Town (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

6.    Birds Of Paradise (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

7.    The English Roses (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

8.    Stop Your Sobbing (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

9.    Private Life (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

10. Kid (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

11. Day After Day (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

12. Up The Neck (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

13. Bad Boys Get Spanked (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

14. Tattooed Love Boys (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)*

15. Precious (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)*

16. Brass In Pocket (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

17. Mystery Achievement (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)*

18. Higher And Higher (Live at the Santa Monica Civic, September 4th, 1981)

 

Pretenders II (2018 Remaster) - 1LP White

1.    The Adultress

2.    Bad Boys Get Spanked

3.    Message Of Love

4.    I Go To Sleep

5.    Birds Of Paradise

6.    Talk Of The Town

7.    Pack It Up

8.    Waste Not Want Not

9.    Day After Day

10. Jealous Dogs

11. The English Roses

12. Louie Louie

 

*previously unreleased

**first time on CD