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Best of Blondie Original recording reissued

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While Best Of may not be inclusive enough for the avid collector because it focuses more on Blondie's new wave dance hits than on their punk beginnings, songs like "Heart of Glass," "Dreaming," "The Tide Is High," and "Call Me" display the diverse musical styles this band embraced. It's a new wave album, a reggae album, a dance album, a punk album, and a rap album. Rock-solid songwriting and Debbie Harry's sultry vocals hold the CD together despite the stylistic reaches of the tracks. --Beth Bessmer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heart Of Glass
  2. Dreaming
  3. The Tide Is High
  4. In The Flesh
  5. Sunday Girl - Blondie
  6. Hanging On The Telephone
  7. Rapture
  8. One Way Or Another
  9. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear
  10. Call Me
  11. Atomic
  12. Rip Her To Shreds


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000003JAL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blondie, depending who you ask, were a seminal punk/new wave act from New York that managed to place the new sound onto the charts and help usher out disco and bring in the MTV age. Held down by blonde bombshell Debbie Harry (where they got their name)and sometime boyfriend guitarist Chris Stein, the band managed a string of hits in the late 70s/early 80s (particularly in the U.K. where they had their biggest chart success). Along the way, the band helped bring more mainstream consciousness of reggae ("The Tide is High") and rap ("Rapture") as well as glances back at 60s girl groups ("In the Flesh") and doo-wop ("Denis" was a gender switched version of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 Top 10 hit "Denise"). They also influenced many female musicians of the day and later including Madonna, Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads, Annie Lennox, and Gwen Stefani.

PROS:

Very nearly everything on here is at least good, and "One Way or Another" and "Call Me" are some of the best pop singles ever in my opinion.

CONS:

So why the 3 star rating only? As many others have noted, there's a better sounding (remastered), more comprehensive package out there (19 songs instead of 12 including all the songs on this package). Those extra songs include the band's 1999 comeback smash "Maria" (a U.K. #1 and Top 40 in the U.S.), the band's final U.S. top 40 hit from their first time together (1982's "Island of Lost Souls"), U.K. #2 "Denis" plus "Picture This" (a #12 U.K. charter).

BOTTOM LINE:

Get "Greatest Hits" (ASIN:B00006IM9Q) instead. Better sound, better song selection..If you find yourself really loving that one, move on to their album "Parallel Lines" (remastered with some bonus material) as your next one from Harry's band.
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If the number of times I listen to it each year means anything, "The Best of Blondie" is the best greatest hits CD in my collection. Yes, the New Wave classics like "Dreaming," "Hanging on the Telephone," "One Way Or Another" and "Call Me" are here, but like with most artists the songs I really seem to enjoy are those great songs that never got a lot of air play, like "Atomic," "Sunday Girl" and my personal favorite, "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear." Yes, it would be nice to have a bit more representation from the punk stage of vocalist Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein (e.g., "I'm Not Living in the Real World"), but you do get the proto-rap hit "Rapture." What else can I say, except that pretty much everybody I know has this CD and loves it.
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An excellent best-of from one of my all-time fave bands. I kind of wish they'd included more early stuff rather than sticking to just the hits - only because I'm curious to hear it. Still, the tracks here are some of the best new wave pop of the late '70s and early '80s. This album also gave me a chance to hear Blondie singles that either flopped when they were released in America or were not released here. "Sunday Girl," "Dreaming," "Atomic," and especially "In The Flesh" are all great songs that should have been bigger U.S. hits than they were. My fave cuts are "The Tide Is High," "Rapture," "One Way Or Another," "Dreaming," and especially "Rip Her To Shreds," a classic that doesn't get much airplay anymore. But every song is a classic! Their comeback album (No Exit) is excellent too; "Maria" is one of my all-time Blondie faves. Viva Debbie Harry, Chris Stein & Co. - they will continue to rock for years to come!
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I don't know why Debbie Harry never became a mega-star like Madonna. Maybe her promotion was poor; maybe the time just wasn't right. Anyway, she and the group Blondie are GREAT! And in my opinion, Madonna is just a Blondie wannabe. She can't even compare to Debbie Harry.
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Many women try to rock, and few to this day do it as well as Debbie Harry. This album shows why. With many collections, don't trust the words "the best of." Too often, greatest hits collections are a poorly selected group of songs produced for the purpose of releasing some ...new stuff. Not here, though. The Best of Blondie lives up to its name, and if you want to buy just one Blondie album, THIS IS IT. Debbie Harry rocks -- through sweetness to tongue-in-cheek anger. It's just fun music that rocks.
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I got this as a gift for a childhood friend to let him know I was thinking about him and the old days of listening to blondie. He was absolutely in love with this gift. It was probably the best gift ever. Can't go wrong with vinyl.
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By A Customer on November 3, 2002
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This CD has been replaced by "Greatest Hits" which contains all the songs on "Best of Blondie" plus more, all in much better sound quality.
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Here I am trying to remember all this music from the 70's!! I was only listening to classical music then,living and growing up in N.Y.C. my time went to concerts,opera and Broadway. Now I get to hear Blondie!!! This cd is so much fun,if I close me eyes I can see all the way back then.ENJOY this music it is TIMELESS!!!
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