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Blondie - Live by Request (2004)

Blondie , Deborah Harry  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Blondie, Deborah Harry, Debbie Harry
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002SPPNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Tracks: Dreaming, Hanging on the Telephone, Accidents Never Happen, Tide Is High, Good Boys, Undone, Rip Her to Shreds, One Way or Another, Rapture, X Offender, Call Me, Union City Blue, Heart of Glass
  • Exclusive bonus tracks: The Dream's Lost on Me, End to End, Hello Joe, (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear
  • Photo gallery
  • Good Boys music video

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Product Description

Blondie performs all their classic hits plus the latest from their most recent studio album The Curse Of Blondie on this A&E live 2004 performance. Also included are four bonus previously unreleased performances.

Originally performed and broadcast for A&E on May 7, 2004 from Manhattan's John Jay College, Blondie: Live by Request finds New York City's cherished punk-popsters older, rounder, and still in possession--if not always in complete control--of the fire needed for credible performances of classics like "Dreaming," "Rapture," "Call Me," and "Heart of Glass." The 2004 Blondie includes founders Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, and Clem Burke solidly backed by Paul Carbonara (guitar), Kevin Topping (keyboards), and Leigh Foxx (bass). The disc's 17 tracks comprise Blondie's biggest hits, with "Atomic" notably absent and four cuts from 2003's Curse of Blondie (including a touching tribute to Joey Ramone) holding their own against the tried and true. Harry remains her flamboyant self, compensating for a diminishing vocal range with fresh phrasings and boundless pizzazz. Lead guitarist Stein seems lost at times, while drummer Burke plays tighter than ever, cementing the songs with a mix of disco sass and punk fervor. Keep your remote handy: caller requests and the show's vapid emcee get old fast.

DVD sound is timbrally on target but dynamically compressed to within an inch of its life, but the mix breathes better in surround (Dolby or DTS) and it's easier on the ears in DTS. --Michael Mikesell

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She Just Keeps Rolling Along! December 4, 2004
Here is a mildly entertaining live performance by Blondie in 2004. Debbie looks the best I've seen her since 1999's "Maria" and sings well--although her voice is noticably lower and huskier and she skips all the high notes in "Dreaming" and other songs which cheats them of their climactic moments. Hence, she sounds the best when singing the new material which is more suited to her contemporary range. It is interesting to watch her and Stein answer the call-in questions. Stein is loveably dorky and Debbie is gracious as ever. Jules Asner, the MC, is wrong for the gig and provides the program with some of its more awkward moments, but it will please fans of Debbie and Blondie none the less. Debbie is particularly touching on two of the songs that are DVD extras not shown on TV--"I'm Always Touched By Your Presence Dear" and "The Dream's Lost On Me". Debbie delivers "Presence" exactly as if it is 1977 again. For those who remember the original video, Debbie is almost exactly in synch with her movements and facial expressions from it, almost as if she set out to turn back the clocks for a moment and give us all exactly what we came for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole thing moved me... September 29, 2004
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It was interesting to see the band together again, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke - backed by Paul Carbonara (guitar), Kevin Topping (keyboards), and Leigh Foxx (bass).

Even though Jimmy Destri and Frank Infante contibuted a lot to the group, this dvd is well worth having in your Blondie collection - and I ought to know because I wore out my VHS copy of "Eat to the Beat" (Which I still think should be released in dvd format).

It was interesting to see Stein react to a few of the MC's questions... He was sort of amusing, sort of nerdy. Not the sort of person you would think of as a punk even twenty years ago.

This dvd is clearly an improvement over "Blondie Live" which was first released in VHS format several years ago. Even though it's not the same as watching the original incarnation of Blondie, it'll do for now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie...Live By Request November 7, 2004
So Blondie is back!, this DVD is a must have for any fan. The band sounds great and the tracks and picture sound totally amazing. Blondie performs all thier hits and on this DVD you'll find some bonus tracks as well as thier latest video from the "Curse of Blondie" album. Debbie interacts with the audience answering calls for requests and she even takes a call from John Waters, who by the way requests "Rip Her To Shreds". A great concert recorded in NYC for A&E's Live By Request. If you are a new or an old fan you'll enjoy the show!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 5.1 DTS audio mix November 3, 2004
I was surprised how great the 5.1 mixes sound (if your stereo system supports 5.1). Both the 5.1 Dolby and 5.1 DTS mixes are superior to the 5.1 sound on Blondie's last live DVD. And that DVD sounded great.

Jimmi Destri the keyboardist is missing, which is a bit disappointing but his replacement is fine. Debbie Harry sounds in top form and there is no evidence she is lip-syncing, which so many performers will do in "live" performances. I suspect she had a face and body-lift recently. She looks great in any case.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 21, 2006
On this DVD Blondie out-rocks almost every band 1/3 their age. The performance is great and the sound is incredibly huge and powerful. Highly reccomended. (G-Lebo, sorry, but Debbie is not singing out of key anywhere...maybe you need a hearing aid.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie: Live by Request July 24, 2006
By C. Gale
Deborah Harry and Blondie look and sound better than ever. Their new variations on their original tunes are terrific and their new stuff is awesome. Still a fan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Debbie Harry! July 5, 2006
She is fab-u-lous in this video. The music is great, and the song selection (picked by fans) is awesome. Totally worth any price for a Blondie Fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
DVD rocks out of the starting blocks with two songs, then bogs down with call-in requests from gushing fans, interspersed with dialogue from the self-important and lame MC. Debbie and others gracious throughout the dopey interludes but pretty obvious by the end they were thinking, "why did we agree to do this?". Check out the look on the drummer's face as he takes a call, then throws the mike out of the picture! The good news is whoever set up the DVD must have realized also, so that when you hit the fast forward button, it skips almost to the next song. Music is very good, the interludes excrutiating if you watch them more than once.
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