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Parallel Lines [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005MNP8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Until 1978, Blondie was perceived mostly as a '60s-referencing, British-Invasion-meets-girl-groups band. With veteran producer Mike Chapman at the helm for their third album, though, everything changed for this group bred from the New York punk scene. Honing in on Blondie's strongest points--Deborah Harry's come-hither vocals and Clem Burke's powerhouse drumming--Chapman helped recast the band to the power pop side of new wave, and with impressive results. Driven by the punk-meets-disco chart-topping hit, "Heart of Glass," and the herky-jerky "One Way or Another," as well as a muscular cover of the Nerves' "Hanging on the Telephone," Parallel Lines established Blondie as major stars. --Billy Altman

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Blondie's songs and sultry swagger hit the tipping point in '78 and they leapt from hip new-wave band to full-fledged pop stars. Along with their all-time classics Heart of Glass and One Way or Another and the rest of the LP, this set includes a booklet with the album's photo session and a DVD with Heart of Glass; Picture This , and Hanging on the Telephone promo videos plus Sunday Girl from Top of the Pops !

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark In The Pop Music Lexicon; Essential May 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
BLONDIE kicked around for several years and released a couple of albums without developing more than a very localized New York following, where the band was generally considered a sort of punk-pop fusion--and then in the late 1970s came PARALLEL LINES, which vaulted them to a superstardom seldom seen even in the high profile music world. And listening to the recording today it is easy to understand why: absolutely everything about the album is perfect.
As a whole, PARALLEL LINES manages to walk a fine line between several different musical styles. Most of the tracks have a bouncy, almost bubble-gum feel: catchy and memorable with driving rhythms. But the arrangements are anything but bubble-gum: they rely on a mix of synthesizers and traditional drums-bass-guitar in a way that essentially defines the entire "new wave" sound of the late 1970s. And the lyrics, often savage, frequently satircal, and always memorable, are edgy and witty and sharp and about as far from pop as one can get.
All of that would have been enough to make a hit album--but BLONDIE also had the front singer to end all front singers: Debbie Harry, who mixed tough and sexy and pretty and naughty to tremendous effect--and whose full-throated voice actually contrived to SOUND blonde. Whether we're talking about the sleek, disco-like "Heart of Glass" or the punk-edged "Just Go Away" or the new wave "Fade Away and Radiate," the music here suits her unique voice perfectly--and the result is a truly flawless group of recordings that set the standard for the next decade. Blondie would do several more recordings before the band collapsed, and some of them would be very good--but PARALLEL LINES is IT, a landmark in the pop music lexicon. This remastered release, which includes a couple of live recordings for good measure, is an essential in any pop music library. Strongly recommended.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLONDIE'S FINEST HOUR February 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Parallel Lines is nothing less than a Masterpiece. Constantly ranked in the Top 100 best albums of all time, not to mention sellers of all time, some 21 million copies internationally by 2003. Blondie soared to superstar status not only on the music charts 1978-1979 with this album, but forever placed them as POP ICONS. Blondie are truly among rock music's elite. If ever there was a perfect POP/ROCK Album, Parallel Lines is it. In a time where 6 singles off 1 album was unheard of, Blondie did the unthinkable and rode the International charts. Deborah Harry is simply sweet as honey, on songs like "Pretty Baby" and "Sunday Girl" a UK #1 in 79. Although "Sunday Girl" was the 5th biggest sellling single in the UK in 1979, it was never released in the USA, but recieved a fair amount of FM airplay. Parallel Lines is not without it's edgy moments, as evident on songs like "11:59", "One way or another" and "Hanging on the Telephone", we see Deborah Harry singing with frantic release. The world would forever be changed with the release of the Mega Smash "Heart of Glass", without a doubt one of the 50 biggest rock songs of all time. The techno beat of "Heart of Glass" sold millions of copies worldwide, hit #1 in the US/UK/CAN and some 19 other countries. The number #2 song of the year in the UK, Heart of Glass is still as vibrant a song today, as it was in 1979, fresh and still ultra cool. The technobeat of "Heart of Glass" inspires Dance music even today. Parallel lines rode the charts for 2 years and was the #9 USA and #1 UK best selling album of the year in 1979. Parallel Lines was produced by legendary producer "Mike Chapman", who produced 3 other all time classics, all from 1979. Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Hearing that opening line from Parallel Line's Pretty Baby I'm reminded of why I love Blondie so much: they represent pop music at it's most unique and intelligent. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were pushing 40 back in the glory days of Parallel Lines. They were old enough to have established points of view and pretty much stuck to them. They were slightly retro, girl group and sci-fi obsessed New Yorkers. Their success came when they teamed up with L.A. based producer Mike Chapman (who also produced most of Pat Benatar's best work). In his new and enlightening liner notes Chapman explains how he tamed Blondie.
This album is full of high energy, hook filled, infectious pop. It includes the now classic Heart of Glass in it's hit version as well as in an earlier less polished version. Other highlights include Fade Away and Radiate, a sci-fi pop dirge (by this time a Blondie staple) with an incredible guitar solo by Robert Fripp and Debbie's James Cagney inspired vocals on One Way Or The Other, where she states that she's "gonna getcha getcha getcha".
My only complaint is that this reissue does not include the lyrics as the original album did. The remastering is brilliant and brings out the wonderful arrangements enabling you to hear the strong contributions by all the band members, especially the keyboard playing of Jimmy Destri.
By the way, the CD's opener is a cover version of The Nails' "Hanging On The Telephone".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Blondie Album January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Parallel Lines is possibly the best pop album of all time....right from the high powered fury of Hanging On The Telephone to the high vamp ferocity of Go Away.Heart Of Glass sounds as sublime as the day you first heard it,whilst Blondie die-hards can only ponder why Pretty Baby was never released as a single. Parallel Lines is described as the Breakthrough lp for the 70's new-wavers..and it is...although earlier Blondie albums like the self-titled debut and the punky Plastic Letters are too worth checking out...it is in my opinion that if Blondie had remained to be as their CBGB's incarnation of the Plastic Letters era...their success as an international supergroup would never have occured. Parallel Lines,due to Mike Chapman's slick production,catapulted them to become the most popular band of their era....and enforced Debbie Harry to become the most instantly recognised and beautiful woman of the whole music scene. My advice to you is simple....if you dont already have a copy...buy this album today..it is an essential for all music collections.If you like pop(Pretty baby;Picture This:Sunday Girl),punk(One Way Or Another;Hanging On The Telephone;Will Anything Happen)or simply yearn for all things experimental like the disco influenced Heart Of Glass or the futuristic Fade Away And Radiate... this is the album for you...forget opting for a compilation album...buy Parallel Lines...all tastes are catered for and i defy anyone to argue with me...Every one loves this album and you will too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Glass made it famous, but...
...it is so much more than that hit song. This album is a classic. This and "Eat to the Beat" are Blondie at their creative/commercial peak. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Doescher
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Blondie!
Debra & the Band Blondie puts the best of Blondie's tunes here with 3 versions of Heart of Glass, 2 of Telephone (Call tune) and onus tunes including. Read more
Published 5 months ago by blueberrybanshee6014
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Blondie
Brings back memories,love it alot.So happy i brought it.You can not go pass buying this one.You won't be dissapointed at all.
Published 7 months ago by Elaine Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Alpha and Omega Blondie
Blondie is/was a group, but Debbie Harry was something else again. I've read that she never quite understood why people would refer to her as "iconic," which may be something akin... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gregor von Kallahann
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie - Parallel Lines
I was transferring my vinyl to digital and started listening this album again and really started to kick myslef for letting the years pass by without listening to his great album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alan Matcke
5.0 out of 5 stars Disco Punk
This is an eclectic mix of songs from the late 1970's by Blondie. I think the naivete is sincere as well as the cynicism. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jonathan Michiels
5.0 out of 5 stars They hit the nail on the head, on this one.
Blondie "Parallel Lines" (1978) #6.

After two excellent albums, Blondie hit the motherlode with "Parallel Lines". Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie Gets 2 New Bandmates, Mainstream Success & a "Heart of Glass"
Blondie's third release is the one that propelled them to International stardom in 1979 once their big breakout single hit the charts. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Kasey G
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ALBUMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I originally bought this album on vinyl back in 1979 when I was 13 years old. I played it so many times that it wore out and I had to by another. Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by V. Wanderman
5.0 out of 5 stars Their most famous album, but not quite their best
`Parallel Lines' is now one of those mythic albums, cited as one of the best of all time by many a critic and punter, so much so that it has become an `establishment' record along... Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by B. S. Marlay
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