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Pretenders album for sale by Pretenders was released Sep 01, 2009 on the Audio Fidelity label. Former rock critic Chrissie Hynde launched the Pretenders with an engaging, yet passive, version of the Kinks' "Stop Your Sobbing." She unveiled her own persona fully on The Pretenders, which contains a series of excellent compositions marked by her sensual vocals and brilliant sense of dynamics. An understanding of pop's structures allowed Hynde to exploit them to her own ends while sympathetic support, particularly that of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, used the excitement of rock without reference to its cliches. Pretenders CD music contains a single disc with 12 songs. ...See Full Description
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||Hoffman ruins another|
"Superstar" mastering engineer Steve Hoffman once again ruins another album. This version of the Pretenders' debut is damaged in two ways. One, unlike the false disclaimer on the bottom left front of the slipcover states, this disc IS compressed and maximized. It is the LOUDEST version released. So much for "dynamic range", it doesn't exisit on this version. Two, Hoffman left off the sound effects at the beginning of tract two "The Phone Call". Was it sloppy work, or does Hoffy think that he knows better how this should sound than the band, and Chris Thomas, the producer. For someone who has hung his hat on "audiophile" mastering, this is a disgrace. Avoid this version and buy the Rhino. It sounds good, is complete, and has a great bonus disc, for the same or less money.
By Richard (Cleveland, OH, USA)
||Proof of Hypocrisy|
One of mastering engineer Steve Hoffman's alleged strengths is his (supposed) refusal to use compression when mastering a recording. This Pretenders' recording is an abomination, compressed out the wazoo. It thus lays waste to his claim of "never using compression."
By m0271 (Los Angeles, CA)
||Now Known To Be a Botch Job|
Hoffman has now admitted that this remaster is a botch. It is missing original sound effects and is compressed. Virtually a certainty that it is not from the original masters, and another engineer was brought in to add the effects digitally to a digital master. Hoffman has pretty much disavowed responsibility for this latest mess and suggests people send their discs back to Audio Fidelity. Shame.
By ashra1957 (Canada)
||CONSUMER ALERT: This disc is defective|
Steve Hoffman, on his website, has admitted to it. The disc is compressed, sounds terrible and some discs have manufacturing defects. Head over to his site to learn more.
By subhertz (Sacramento, CA)
||Many deep mastering faults with this trainwreck|
It's missing sound effects. One song is not at the correct speed. It's got a fair bit of compression. Hoffman has disavowed it and admits it's a mess. Avoid it, AF and Hoffman are the gang that can't shoot stright.
By ashra1957 (Toronto, Canada)
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|CD Universe Part number||7987182|
|Release Date||Sep 01, 2009|
|Engineer||Steve Nye; Bill Price|
|Recording Time||46 minutes|
|Additional Info||Gold; Limited Edition - Steve Hoffman version||