Get Close

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Get Close
Studio album by The Pretenders
Released 4 November 1986
Recorded At Air Studios, London; Power Station and Right Track Recording, New York; Bearsville Studio, Bearsville N.Y.; Polar Studios, Stockholm
Genre New wave, punk rock
Length 47:01
Label Sire, WEA Records
Producer Bob Clearmountain, Jimmy Iovine (except as noted)
The Pretenders chronology
Learning to Crawl
Get Close
The Singles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars [2]
The Music Box 2/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau B [4]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [6]

Get Close is the fourth album by rock group The Pretenders, released in 1986. Officially, the band for this album now consisted of Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar), Robbie McIntosh (guitar), T.M. Stevens (bass) and Blair Cunningham (drums); however, this line-up (often augmented by session players) played on only five of the album's eleven tracks. As well, the track "Room Full of Mirrors" was in fact performed by the Learning to Crawl-era line up of Hynde, Mcintosh, Malcolm Foster and Martin Chambers, with keyboards by Rupert Black. The rest of the album was performed by Hynde and McIntosh, backed by session musicians. The album contained the band's two biggest Mainstream Rock Tracks chart hits, "Don't Get Me Wrong" and "My Baby", both of which reached #1. McIntosh and Cunningham would be re-united in 1991 as members of Paul McCartney's backing band. They appear together on McCartney's 1991 album Unplugged, 1993 album Off the Ground and the subsequent live release Paul Is Live.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chrissie Hynde, except as noted.

  1. "My Baby" – 4:07
  2. "When I Change My Life" – 3:38
  3. "Light of the Moon" (Carlos Alomar, Genevieve Gazon, Wayne Ragland) – 3:57
  4. "Dance!" – 6:46
  5. "Tradition of Love" – 5:27
  6. "Don't Get Me Wrong" – 3:46
  7. "I Remember You" – 2:38
  8. "How Much Did You Get for Your Soul?" – 3:48
  9. "Chill Factor" – 3:27
  10. "Hymn to Her" (Meg Keene) – 4:58
  11. "Room Full of Mirrors" (Jimi Hendrix) (Produced by Steve Lillywhite) – 4:44

Bonus tracks (2007 Rhino release)[edit]

  1. "Hold a Candle to This" (Alternate version) – 3:44
  2. "World Within Worlds" – 3:47
  3. "Tradition Of Love" (Remix) – 6:13
  4. "Dance" (Take 1) – 5:06
  5. "Don't Get Me Wrong" (Live) – 3:49
  6. "Thumbelina" (Live) – 5:01


Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ The Music Box review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 653. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.