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Pretenders
Pretenders II

  (Item #: pretepreteII_1707s) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • Off the charts "Triple Triple" (A+++) sound for The Pretenders' second album - both sides earned our top grade of A+++
  • With loads of solid, punchy bass and the richest, smoothest vocal reproduction, nothing could touch this amazing record
  • This original British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • "What's more the unique American voice of Hynde matched with the tribal beat of Martin Chambers and spangly guitar of Honeyman-Scott was as close to perfect as a band could get in the late 70s."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1709) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout -- Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second; we rarely have copies that rock the way this one does
  • The sound is clean, clear and lively with a massive bottom end and tons of presence - this is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout this early UK pressing - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Five Stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1707s) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • Two excellent sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or better - we rarely have copies that rock the way this one does
  • The sound is big and lively with a strong bottom end - this is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout this early UK pressing (the only ones that sound good btw) - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 Stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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Pretenders
Pretenders II

  (Item #: pretepreteII_1708) 

Our Price: $169.00

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for The Pretenders' second album
  • This original British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • Bill Price engineered and Chris Thomas produced, brilliantly of course - you know them from the Sex Pistols' debut and The Clash's London Calling
  • "What's more the unique American voice of Hynde matched with the tribal beat of Martin Chambers and spangly guitar of Honeyman-Scott was as close to perfect as a band could get in the late 70s."
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The Pretenders
Get Close

  (Item #: pretegetcl_1701s) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on side one with a side two that's nearly as good - this copy is rockin' from start to finish
  • Side one alone has three of this band's best tracks: My Baby, When I Change My Life and Tradition of Love
  • If you like your Pretenders with a Big Beat then this is the album for you - it's a real rocker, especially when it sounds this good
  • The best copies are not the ones you might expect, and it took us a long time to figure out which copies had the real Get Close magic
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The Pretenders - Get Close

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: pretegetcl_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Get Close has long been a personal favorite of mine. Side one starts off with a bang with My Baby, one of the best tracks this band ever recorded. Of course at this point it's hard to call The Pretenders a band as it is pretty much Chrissie Hynde's show. She continues to mature as a songwriter, and the arrangements and production value are excellent as well, with heavy hitters such as Steve Lillywhite, Bob Clearmountain and Jimmy Iovine involved.

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The Pretenders - Get Close

The Domestic Pressings Are Awful

  (Item #: pretegetcl_shame) 



Sonic Grade: F

The domestic LP belongs in our Hall of Shame. It's awful, and the domestic CD is even worse, practically unlistenable in fact. I have one in my car; only the judicious use of the treble control, steeply downwards, makes the sound even tolerable.

But the album rocks -- it's great driving music.

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The Pretenders - Get Close

What to Listen For

  (Item #: pretegetcl_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

The best copies have superb extension up top, which allows the grit and edge on the vocals to almost entirely disappear. Some of it is there on the tape for a reason -- that's partly the sound they were going for, this is after all a Bob Clearmountain mix and a Jimmy Iovine production -- but bad mastering and pressing adds plenty of grit to the average copy, enough to ruin it in fact.

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The Pretenders - Learning to Crawl

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: pretelearn_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This copy has real rock and roll energy in its grooves, a quality which earned it serious points here at Better Records. With Robbie McIntosh having joined the band, this is first and foremost a ROCK GUITAR record; his jangly, grungy riffs drive every song.

Think of Middle of the Road -- everything that's good about this band on this album is there in the song: it's uptempo, with a driving beat and guitars well up in the mix. Only the best pressings convey the energy and enthusiasm of the band while avoiding the grunge, flatness and hardness that make the typical pressing all but unlistenable at loud volumes.

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The Pretenders - Pretenders II

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: pretepreteII_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This original British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you.

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The Pretenders - Pretenders

Nautilus Debunked

  (Item #: preteprete_debunked) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half-Speed Mastered Audiophile Pressing Debunked.

Completely lifeless. This pressing takes all the rock out of rock and roll. A ridiculous joke played on a far-too-credulous audiophile public.

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The Pretenders - The Pretenders

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: preteprete_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Forget the dubby domestic vinyl, these Brits are the only way to go. And this one is a great deal quieter than most. Most of the copies I bought from English record dealers were just BEAT. They kept telling me they played fine (on their Technics table I'm guessing), but I could not for the life of me replicate their experience for myself here in the states.

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