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Albums Of The Week: The Pretenders | The Pretenders + The Pretenders II Deluxe Editions

Fans will already have most of the extras — but if you don't already own the legendary band's flawless first two albums, there's never been a better reason to buy them.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “At the turn of the ’80s, 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 followup Pretenders II, which celebrates its 40 anniversary this year. Consisting of their most famous lineup with Chrissie Hynde (vocals and guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (guitar), Pete Farndon (bass), and Martin Chambers (drums), The 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.

Both albums are being celebrated in two brand-new 3 CD deluxe editions curated by Chrissie Hynde. 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 in 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 in New York City in 1980, and an electric show from The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1981.”