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Title - 'Learning to Crawl: Original Recording Remastered'
Artist - The Pretenders

Released in 1983, The Pretenders third album included several new band members in Robbie McIntosh who replaced James Honeyman Scott (who died from a drug overdose) on lead guitar and Malcolm Foster who replaced Pete Farndon (who was fired because of personal and drug problems) on bass. While The Pretenders debut album (simply titled The Pretenders) will always be my personal favorite, "Learning To Crawl" is a close second (along with The Pretenders II album).

The album produced the hits "Back On The Chain Gang", "Middle Of The Road", "Show Me", "2000 Miles", "Thin Line Bewtween Love And Hate" and "Fast Or Slow" ("The Law's The Law") (this bonus track was released as a single and was the b-side of "2000 Miles" and sung by drummer Martin Chambers). The album wasn't as punk influenced as their debut but was more pop rock and the band seemed more mature.

This newly remastered edition of "Learning To Crawl" includes seven excellent bonus tracks which are a nice addition to an already superb album - Fast or Slow (The Law's the Law), Tequila, I Hurt You [DeNmark Street Demo], When I Change My Life [DeNmark Street Demo], Ramblin' Rob [DeNmark Street Demo], My City Was Gone [Live], and Money [Live]. Highly Recommended!





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