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Blondie 4(0)-Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download [2CD/DVD Combo] Box set
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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
Ever since Blondie's musical excursions into mostly electronic/pop heavy material commencing with "The Curse of Blondie" and the previous most recent release "Panic of Girls", the results have been mixed and were reminiscent of the uneven results that were "Autoamerican" and "The Hunter". There were some good tunes on all the aforementioned albums however none were cohesive sounding albums. I am thrilled to say that this is not the case with "Ghosts of Download". The album opens with with the electronic/cumbia hybrid "Sugar on the Side" where we find the heroine of the song dismissing an unappreciative lover with convincing post feminist sass. "Rave" follows with a propulsive chipper beat with forever young at heart vocals from Debbie Harry without ever sounding desperate or cliche. "A Rose By Any Name" is updated classic new wave and Beth Ditto's vocals really compliment Debbie Harry's and the song is totally infectious. One of my personal favorites "I Want to Drag You Around " and "I Screwed Up" are mid-tempo numbers that find our heroine in a more pensive reflective mood accompanied by electronic reggae beats. The surprise for me on this release is Blondie's remake of "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The remake begins with a chorus of ethereal female voices accompanying Debbie Harry's lead vocals and then slowly starts an epic crescendo to the pay off which bursts into a fabulous dance number. The CD deluxe edition concludes with "Backroom" however the digital deluxe comes with three bonus tracks ending with a fantastic ballad called "Prism". The bonus tracks are worth getting as it enhances the album and does not disrupt the cohesion of the album.Read more ›
In one of their most cohesive collections since Parallel Lines, BLONDIE trade in their world tracks, and rock anthems for an energetic, fun, catchy collection of songs that not only sound great but also fit in quite well with their back catalogue. All you "Call Me/Tide is High/Heart of Glass/Atomic" fans who felt neglected by their previous 3 albums .... This one's especially for you! ... Debbie Harry, who is single handedly changing what it means to be 68 years old, purrs, coos and woos her way through the tracks, sounding as icy cool as ever and proving there's no need to fade away and radiate just because you're well into your 7th decade.
The "redux" versions of the classics? No updates could possibly hold a snowballs' chance in Hawaii against the power, energy and nostalgia that the originals carry - Just think of those as a bonus! Concentrate instead on those new fizzy pop delicacies that BLONDIE are well known for. The digital release contains 3 extra tracks that rival anything on the album, especially the sumptuous outer-spacey ballad "Prism"...so make sure you get those somehow, if you pick up the physical CD.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Blondie never ceases to amaze. Always creating memorable melodies and sounding contemporary. "Mile High" is reminiscent of the dreamy, perfectly-crafted dance floor... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Twin Cities
I love the packaging, the postcards, the music, the cover- look at it- you want this! Great they're still working at it- fan friendly packaging and affordablePublished 7 months ago by ClassicKol
So-so CD. Nothing stands out, but a nice addition to my collection.Published 8 months ago by Dale Schneck
I have always enjoyed Blondie and this did not disappoint me....but I can't say I love it..(just like)Published 13 months ago by E. Kinane