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Plastic Letters [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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listen  1. Fan Mail (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Denis (2001 - Remaster) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bermuda Triangle Blues (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Youth Nabbed As Sniper (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Contact In Red Square (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I'm On E (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Rremaster) 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love At The Pier (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. No Imagination (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Kidnapper (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Detroit 442 (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cautious Lip (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Once I Had A Love (AKA The Disco Song) (1975 Version) (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Scenery (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Poet's Problem (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Detroit 442 (Live) (2001 Digital Remaster) (24-Bit Digital Remaster) 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 

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The cover of Blondie’s Panic Of Girls, the band’s ninth studio album, features the surreal hand-painted imagery of Dutch cult artist Chris Berens, whom guitarist Chris Stein sought out and commissioned to create the work. Its depiction of a kind of warped wonderland metaphorically suits Blondie at this juncture in its remarkable, 37 year-old career. The New York City-based sextet ... Read more in Amazon's Blondie Store

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005MNP9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blondie's '78 follow-up leaned even heavier on the pop side of the band's sound and their girl group influences were worn proudly on their sleeves (or in Debbie's case, on the hot pink dress she wears on the album's ultra-cool cover). The band had a huge hit in Europe, Australia and the UK with Denis, a reworking of Denise , the 1963 hit by Randy & The Rainbows. That track plus 12 more make up this remastered edition of the original album and four bonus tracks include Once I Had a Love (a.k.a The Disco Song ), an early version of the song that would later become Heart of Glass !

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably Not Their Best, But It's My Favorite November 7, 2001
By R. Mix
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, the band known for its disco hit single and its 'People' magazine cover girl was once a legitimate new wave band. And their trash-camp aesthetic never sounded better than it did on 'Plastic Letters'.

By turns energetic, snotty and cinematic, Blondie tears through their second album with nary a misstep: Deborah Harry mis-pronounces words so they rhyme, sings like your kid sister slash brat one moment and warbles like a thirties movie starlet the next, and the band (especially keyboardist Jimmy Destri) is monsterous, and tears up song after song, managing to sound nimble and ferocious at the same time. (This was also the last time it sounded like they were having fun.)

Special credit must also go to drummer Clem Burke. He was not only one of the best drummers of the new wave, but one of the best drummers ever to grace a rock n' roll record. I can't imagine Blondie (especially 'Plastic Letters' and 'Eat To The Beat') without his propulsive, rock-steady drumming. This guy spent more time 'in the pocket' than a wallet.

And Blondie's Godzilla-meets-the-Shangri-Las kitsch? The song titles tell the story: "Youth Nabbed As Sniper". "I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No". "Love At The Pier". "Fan Mail". And "Bermuda Triangle Blues". They make 'Plastic Letters' the mutant offspring of 'The Weekly World News' and 'True Confessions'.

And all of this trashy fun has never sounded better, thanks to Kevin Bartley's re-mastering. And kudos to Chrysalis for the re-release package, which includes pictures, a brief essay putting each release in perspective, and bonus tracks.

And as if 'Plastic Letters' needed the boost, its bonus tracks are the cream of the Blondie re-release project crop.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang bang you're dead February 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A true classic; Deborah Harry has never been better, sliding into "Fan Mail" like liquid mercury, she blasts out of it like a siren; breezy pop "Denis," "Love at the Pier" and "I'm On E" presages later work; PL showcases the most clever and inventive group of the last 30 years -- e.g., the beguiling "Cautious Lip," downright scary "Detroit 442" and "Bermuda Triangle Blues," and best of all, Jimmy Destri's amazing, pulsing and enigmatic "Contact In Red Square," Destri's magnificent keyboard, amazing back-up vocals, and Clem Burke's phenomenal rat-a-tat drumming rushes you along this little thriller only to leave you stranded in a dark alley. More mature than their debut, and not quite the uptempo, chrome-polished pop of "Parallel Lines," "Eat to the Beat," or "Autoamerican," "Plastic Letters" highlights Burke's percussion and Destri's keyboards like no other Blondie project. "Plastic Letters" is Blondie's best. A top-ten must have from the 70s that leaves you yearning for more Destri, Destri's solo "Heart on a Wall" on CD.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You didn't know this was important to you! February 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Here it is - the best album Blondie ever did.
Every single track - even the bonus tracks on this rerelease - is worth listening to, and every one is great.
And yet it's vastly underrated - a lot of reviews I've read (not all here, though) say that this is a pale imitation of BLONDIE. How?!?!? The production is sharper, the songs have more depth, and are just brilliant in general - but they still have a great punk edge to them, an edge lost with PARALLEL LINES. (Well, it was!)
We have two marveloussly catchy somgs to begin with - "Fan Mail" (sets the trend of stellar keyboard-playing from Jimmy Destri through this album), and of course "Denis" (love that dodgy French!), before moving onto the eerie, haunting "Bermuda Triangle Blues," the incredibly menacing "Youth Nabbed as Sniper" (bravura drumming here from Clem Burke - same goes for the rest of the album), the near power-pop burst of "Contact in Red Square" (less than 2 minutes long!), "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear" - well, I don't think I need to add more; the giddily fun "I'm on E" (it's not what you think), the wonderfully pouty "I Didn't Have the Nerve to say No," "Love at the Pier" - the hands down best (not to mention funniest) song Debbie ever wrote, the moodier "No Imagination," the warped rockabilly (I think) of "Kidnapper," the pounding "Detroit 442," and the trippy (you could say bad-trippy), jarring (mainly when Debbie suddenly screams) semi-blues of "Cautious Lip.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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"Plastic Letters," Blondie's second album, released in October 1977, was pretty much in a similar vein to their self-titled debut album. The cynical attitude is there in the songs and the production values are fine (Richard Gottehrer was the producer on both albums), but the album just sounds for the most part like these were the songs Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri, and Deborah Harry had left over when they did the first album. The exceptions that prove the rule this time around would be "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear," which is one of my favorite Blondie tunes (and which was covered in the U.K. by Tracey Ullman). Unfortunately that song was written by Gary Valentine, who left as the group's bass player at this point in Blondie's early history. Otherwise you have punk/new wave attitude in songs like "Youth Nabbed As Sniper," "I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No," "Love at the Pier," and "Fan Mail." "Bermuda Triangle Blues" is probably the best of the rest, but it depends on your taste.

Given what would happen with the next couple of Blondie albums when the group became a sextet and sharpened it sound, these first two albums clearly represent the band in its rawest form. "Plastic Letters" only reached #72 on the Billboard album charts and there were no singles released in the U.S. The U.K. saw "Presence, Dear" and "Denis" (which was a transgender cover of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 hit "Denise") both make it to the Top 10. Since you already have the best song on the "Best of Blondie" hits collection, if you feel the need to pick up all of the group's albums then be sure you pick up this remastered version of "Plastic Letters" with the bonus tracks, because that is the one worth the having.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I sold my one vision for a piece of the cake..."
Blondie's sophomore effort, "Plastic Letters" is sprinkled with high intensity. It's fast-paced and incredibly quirky. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ADRIENNE MILLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album, my daughter is a huge Blondie fan.
Published 2 months ago by M. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars I think she is great.
I am a fan of Debbie Harry. I think she is great.
Published 2 months ago by Tom Raven
4.0 out of 5 stars Blondie At Their Strangest... And Maybe Strongest
I don't write a to of reviews on Amazon, and this is the first review of a Blondie album that I've ever written. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars if i love blondy ilove plastic letters even more
Blondy as anew wave band are not for those who like music straight may not like it its definitely different and experimental but for blondy fans like me and like odd ball music. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Blondie for all!
Blondie on top of their game.
Debbie Harry sounds as great as ever!
A good mix of upbeat song with outstanding vocals. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by trx_41
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Blondie CD
The remastered tracks sound Great! Every song on the album is a classic. "Always Touched by Your Presence Dear" is pure power-pop at it's best. Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting closer to perfection.
Blondie "Plastic Letters" (1977) #72.

Second album by these New Yorkers. You get UK hits in, "Denis", "I'm Always Touched By Your Presence Dear". Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker Than Their Debut But Essential Blondie
Note to those who think they know all they need to know about Blondie because they own "Parallel Lines", "Eat to the Beat" and a greatest-hits package: Go out and grab "Blondie"... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Kasey G
4.0 out of 5 stars Blondie become more than just a pretty face
Less than a year after their quirky self-titled 1976 debut, Blondie returned with the stronger, punkier `Plastic Letters', complete with their pop trash culture influences solidly... Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by B. S. Marlay
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