Chrissie Hynde's 'Pretenders' are one of the great bands to emerge from the UK in the late 70s. Hynde with her pedigree based in the buzzing punk/New Wave music scene of London fronts her band with stunning live performances of their hits. These broadcast performances are drawn from Saturday Night Live, US Festival 83 and their performance at the 1995 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde was an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock and roll to her own liking, while guitarist James Honeyman-Scott created a sonic palette filled with suspended chords, effects pedals, and syncopated rhythms that proved remarkably influential over the next two decades. After Honeyman-Scott's death, the Pretenders became a more straightforward rock band, yet Hynde's semi-autobiographical songwriting and bracing determination meant that the group never became just another rock band, even when their music became smoother and more pop-oriented.
Tracklisting: 1. Don't Get Me Wrong 2. Talk of the Town 3. Private Life 4. Time the Avenger 5. Mystery Achievement 6. The Wait 7. Middle of the Road 8. Up the Neck 9. Precious 10. Back on the Chain Gang 11. Brass in Pocket 12. Money 13. My City Was Gone 14. The Needle and the Damage Done