Blondie 4(0)-Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download [2CD/DVD Combo] Box set
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BLONDIE CELEBRATE THEIR 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THIS SPECIAL 2 ALBUMS IN 1 PACKAGE!
2014 marks the 40th year since the inception of legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famers BLONDIE! The band is kicking off the celebration with this very special release. GREATEST HITS: DELUXE REDUX / GHOSTS OF DOWNLOAD is a unique package containing 2 separate albums that salute both Blondie s past and their present. Greatest Hits: Deluxe Redux is a collection of the very best of Blondie revisited and recorded anew by the band over the past couple of years* while they were recording GHOSTS OF DOWNLOAD, a collection of brand new music aided and abetted by the some of the world s most unique artists headed up by BETH DITTO (The Gossip), MISS GUY, and the Columbian turntablists/hip hop collective SYSTEMA SOLAR.
*Except for original 1999 recording of Maria
DELUXE PACKAGE & DVD NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE!
The deluxe version of GREATEST HITS: DELUXE REDUX / GHOSTS OF DOWNLOAD features the LIVE AT CBGB 1977 DVD: over 50 minutes of lost footage taken directly from the original videotapes the set was filmed on. Despite the raw nature of the sounds and vision given the age of the tapes, you get the same contagious joy and energy the crowd at CBGB that night experienced as the band blasts through most of their first album and some choice covers!
The deluxe package also features:
- 2 DIGIPAKS, one for each of the 2 albums
- 10-panel folder & 28-page CD booklet
- 4 panel wallet for DVD
- 5 photo prints from Blondie guitarist CHRIS STEIN s archive!
- VINTAGE 1979 GIG POSTER!
- all packed into a SLIPCASE
Top customer reviews
The band is tight and the production is spot on here and the stand out tracks prove why they're still relevant 40 years into their career. Rave, Make A way, Prism and Euphoria are some of the best songs they've put out since The Curse of Blondie.
Unfortunately, some of the new stuff falls flat due to lackluster lyrics. A Rose By Any Nam and Sugar On The Side have the hooks, but the lyrics, while trying to be campy, come off trite, especially coming from a band that are all approaching 70.
A solid three stars, because if you're a fan like myself, the standout tracks are a must have in your Blondie collection.
I liked the previous album, Panic of Girls, it had a few excellent songs and some very good ones, but it also had a few dud tracks that were boring after repeat listens (one I consider to be one of their worst songs). This album seems to flow better and every song is likable after repeat plays with the exception of "Relax". I don't like that this cover song was included as a standard album track, while "Put Some Color on You" and "Prism" were relegated to bonus songs, not even available on CD but as digital purchases only. I bought them, and the third bonus track, before Amazon's autorip made them available. They really belong on this CD package, but oh well. Relax isn't a bad cover, it's just got a bonus track feeling, or album filler, where the other songs I mentioned sound like strong album tracks.
My favorites are: "Sugar on the Side", "Rave", "A Rose by Any Name", "Winter", "I Want to Drag You Around", "Make a Way", "Put Some Color on You", and "Prism".
This collection includes the cover songs of their own songs. I actually like these. They don't stray far from the originals, but you can definitely tell they are different. I like them, but they don't replace the originals. Those are better.
I played the first half of this album and my two favorite bonus songs quite a bit this summer. It's a must-have in a Blondie collection. Some fans will disagree, but, I actually like this album better than their debut (that first one is my least favorite Blondie album).
The re-recordings of their hits seem to rock harder than the originals.
Clem Burke is the STAR of this record (and the DVD).
Listen to the drumming on ATOMIC?
I rest my case.
Even though this group has had the good, the bad and the ugly through their career, Deborah Harry is always beautiful.
And, if the song hella sucks, you still have her lovely voice to save the mutha!