Pretenders - S/T - Used LP
Nice sealed copy; not a cut-out. No way to confirm label variation. Small price tag on shrink but price section ripped off. Top right corner has tiny rip in shrink and tiny tear in sleeve. Actual item in photos.
At the time (40 years ago!), I could clearly hear Pretenders were a notch above the competition, and I recall cranking the volume and recording their songs from the radio onto Radio Shack tapes, but by that time I was tired of new-wave bands making waves and making their way into FM stations and the mainstream. What was happening on the radio was kind of what I'd been waiting for since I'd heard NYC/Boston/Cleveland underground bands in 1976, but when the new wave hit the mainstream, it was a watered down version of that underground sound...even folks like Billy Joel were going new wave. I'd had enough, didn't need to hear another new wave album. I never even bothered to go get this one.
Of course, when I returned to this outfit sometime between then and now, I was more than pleasantly surprised, especially when it came to this debut album. It was clearly better than I'd ever imagined. This wasn't just a few hits housed on a album dominated with filler--not at all! This was a good album.
Now, listening to this album tonight, I had to bust out that new needle I bought months ago, and take the time to install it and give this album a proper spinning. I'm blown away. You don't want to call an album perfect, but I'm going to go ahead and do it, come out and say it. It's perfect. -- winch (green noise records)
"Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude. Although Chrissie Hynde establishes herself as a forceful and distinctively feminine songwriter, the record isn't a singer/songwriter's tour de force -- it's a rock & roll album, powered by a unique and aggressive band. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott never plays conventional riffs or leads, and his phased, treated guitar gives new dimension to the pounding rhythms of "Precious," "Tattooed Love Boys," "Up the Neck," and "The Wait," as well as the more measured pop of "Kid," "Brass in Pocket," and "Mystery Achievement." He provides the perfect backing for Hynde and her tough, sexy swagger. Hynde doesn't fit into any conventional female rock stereotype, and neither do her songs, alternately displaying a steely exterior or a disarming emotional vulnerability. It's a deep, rewarding record, whose primary virtue is its sheer energy. Pretenders moves faster and harder than most rock records, delivering an endless series of melodies, hooks, and infectious rhythms in its 12 songs. Few albums, let alone debuts, are ever this astonishingly addictive."
-- Stephen Thomas Erlewine