At the turn of the 1980s, the 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.
In November, the Pretenders’ first two albums will be celebrated in two new luxury 3CD editions curated by Chrissie Hynde and will be available at all music retailers. The two albums will be available in limited edition red and white vinyl respectively, as well as a special numbered edition based on the unique “Brass In Pocket” sleeve limited to 500 copies worldwide, exclusively available on rhino.com.
Hosted by Hynde, Pretenders and Pretenders II are each presented in striking luxury 3CD 12 × 12 sets, including a high-quality book with all new cover notes from acclaimed journalist Will Hodgkinson. They also include a myriad of rare and unseen photos of the group, which are in turn beautiful and candid.
The Deluxe Edition contains the original album remastered by Chris Thomas, as well as demos, rarities and plenty of live performances. These include BBC sessions on the Kid Jensen Show and performances at the Paris Theater, London and Paradise in Boston. For those who don’t know, Pretenders’ first release came almost a year earlier than the album’s release, featuring their first Top 40 single, a cover of Nick’s “Stop Your Sobbing” produced by Nick. Lowe.
Next is “Kid”, another UK Top 40 hit and their originally written first single. After the two singles would come one of Pretenders greatest tracks to date, “Brass in Pocket”. Leading with glorious guitar beat embodied by a luscious chorus, “Brass in Pocket” took the band to a different level, with the track ending reaching No.1 in UK, Ireland, Sweden and Africa. South, as well as in the Top 5 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, New Zealand and more. It was also a hit in the United States, reaching 14th place and becoming the 7th music video to air on MTV.
The album continues to be highly acclaimed to this day, consistently making the top charts of the 1980s, while being certified Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Nova Scotia. Zealand.
In the year between ‘Pretenders’ and ‘Pretenders II’, the band continued their momentum by releasing two UK singles, “Talk of the Town” and “Message of Love”, the first reaching the n ° 8 and the second the n ° 8. 11 in the UK charts. The appetite in the United States has also been maintained, with the release of an EP simply called EP, containing five tracks which will later be on the album ‘Pretenders II’.
With a clamor for more Pretenders material, ‘Pretenders II’ was released on August 15, 1981, with much fanfare. The album would eventually reach No.7 in the UK and No.10 in the US, being certified Silver and Gold respectively in the process. Other highlights from the album include another cover of The Kinks, in the form of “I Go to Sleep”.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye out for this place as every week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl records from a variety of artists. It could be a repress of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, it’s something about a girl who not only had a great shadow to escape, but did so with a ton of stomping.
NANCY SINATRA: “BOOTS”
She had a big shadow to grow up, but Nancy Sinatra delivered an unmistakable debut LP in Boots. Originally released in 1966, the million-selling album not only catapulted the career of the singer, actress, activist and cultural icon, but her grooves feature enduring hymns of empowerment that continue to resonate with new audiences. today and no sign of slowing down.
Sinatra achieved a No. 1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic with “These Boots Are Made to Walk,” which won three Grammy nominations and sold over a million copies. The vinyl setups in this release feature discs pressed at Record Technology, Inc (RTI) and are housed in an expanded gatefold wrap featuring fully restored cover artwork from the original and iconic album photograph taken by Ed Thrasher . The accompanying 20-page booklet features a new Q&A with Nancy by Grammy-nominated co-producer Hunter Lea and a treasure trove of never-before-seen photos from Sinatra’s personal archives.
In addition to the standard black wax, special limited edition colored vinyl editions, all available at nancysinatra.com. This year marks the 55th anniversary of “These Boots Are Made To Walk” and to coincide with the reissue announcement is the start of an updated version of the original 1966 track clip with restored video and newly remastered audio.
The boots can be found online and at the stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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