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The Pretenders - Learning To Crawl - 1984 Swedish pressed Real label 10-track LP

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ArtistThe Pretenders
TitleLearning To Crawl - 1984 Swedish pressed Real label 10-track LP
Price € 47
Record labelReal Records/WEA Records
Catalogue no923980-1
Year of release1984
GradingStill Factory Sealed
Stock listThe Pretenders
Additional infoOriginal 1984 Scandinavian distributed Real Records/WEA label 10-track LP - recorded in the process of rebuilding the band after the drug overdoses of guitar player James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon.
The first single for the album "Back on the Chain Gang/My City Was Gone" was recorded with Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner and Big Country's Tony Butler on bass. Bremner stayed and "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" was recorded adding Graham Parker Band bass player Andrew Bodnar, and Paul Carrack from Squeeze and Roxy Music on piano. The rest of the album was recorded with Robbie McIntosh on guitar and Malcolm Foster on bass.

'Learning To Crawl' spawned six singles: "Back on the Chain Gang", "Middle of the Road", "Time the Avenger", "2000 Miles", "Thumbelina" & "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" - the Persuaders cover version "2000 Miles" was issued in both 1983 and 1984 with altogether different flipsides.

The Village Voice reviwer Robert Christgau dispenced 'Learning To Crawl' a rare 'A-' grade in his "Christgau's Consumer Guide at the time - and AllMusics Mark Deming wrote that the ambum displayed a '... striking mixture of courage, strength, and great rock & roll' and that it "... with the exception of the instant-classic debut album, it's the Pretenders' finest work." Deming labelled the album a 'masterpiece'.

Area ID has been determined by spine catalogue number only - 923980-1. Since this copy is factory sealed one must assume that it has picture labels. Vinyl is accompanied by an illustrated lyric inner sleeve - picture cover.

Condition: Still Factory Sealed:
This copy remains unopened despite the fact that it is more than 30 years since it was pressed and marketed - unused and new. It is a fairly common album to locate, but quite impossible to find in this condition.


Side 1:
1. Middle of the Road 4:08
2. Back on the Chain Gang 3:44
3. Time the Avenger 4:47
4. Watching the Clothes 2:46
5. Show Me 4:00

Side 2:
6. Thumbelina 3:12
7. My City Was Gone 5:14
8. Thin Line Between Love and Hate (Richard Poindexter, Robert Poindexter, Jackie Members) 3:33
9. I Hurt You 4:27
10. 2000 Miles 3:30

All songs written and composed by Chrissie Hynde, except where noted.

Recorded and mixed 1982-83 at Air Music Studios, London, UK.
Mastered at The Cutting Room, Stockholm
Pressed by Toolex Alpha, Sundbyberg, Sweden
Printed by SIB-Tryck, Tumba, Sweden


The Pretenders:
Chrissie Hynde - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Robbie McIntosh - lead guitar, backing vocals
Malcolm Foster - bass guitar, backing vocals
Martin Chambers - drums, backing vocals, percussion

Additional Musicians:
Billy Bremner - lead guitar on "Back on the Chain Gang" and "My City Was Gone", rhythm guitar and vocals on "Thin Line Between Love and Hate"
Tony Butler - bass guitar on "Back on the Chain Gang" and "My City Was Gone"
Andrew Bodnar - bass guitar and vocals on "Thin Line Between Love and Hate"
Paul Carrack - piano and vocals on "Thin Line Between Love and Hate"

Technical Credits:
Chris Thomas - Production
Steve Churchyard - Recoding engineer
Jeremy Allom - Assistant Engineer

Peter Barrett - art direction
Paul Cox - front cover photography
Alyssa Cooper - Back Cover Photography
Donna Santisi, Robert Matheu - Inner Sleeve Photography