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Blondie
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on September 23, 2014
Blondie were a fascinating new wave band. And their self-titled debut album is the best place to start. This album was probably the band's most "new wave" sounding record. But even from the beginning, the band always cleverly mixed different musical genres into their songs. You can hear a touch of bluegrass on the sassy, "Little Girl Lies", and you can also hear a little bit of Southern California pop on "In The Sun" and "Man Overboard". Debbie Harry was and STILL is an accessible, outrageously talented singer/songwriter. Her voice can fluctuate between a soft, sexy alto on the deeply romantic, "In The Flesh". And then her voice can take on a feisty, soprano edge on my personal favorite, the deliciously snarky, "Rip Her To Shreds". Of course the rest of the band were extremely talented as well. Co-founder Chris Stein (Debbie's boyfriend at the time) demonstrates his genius brilliantly on the avant-garde, "The Attack of the Giant Ants" which is filled with trippy, sound-effects and a gorgeous piano solo at the end of the track. Keyboardist Jimmy Destri proved he always that effortless, pop sensibility and a flair for spacy synths on tracks like "Look Good in Blue" and "A Shark in Jets Clothing". Everyone KNOWS Clem Burke was the "brain" behind Blondie's signature sound. His drumming and timing were impeccable! Bassist Gary Valentine was also a vital part of the band, even though this was the ONLY Blondie record he is featured on. Valentine left the band a year later, but he still left us with a great track, the risqué opener, "X Offender". There isn't one bad song on Blondie's debut album. I also enjoy the incredibly strange, "Rifle Range" and the energetic, "Kung Fu Girls". This album was produced by Richard Gottehrer. He also produced the band's sophomore album, "Plastic Letters". I thought Gottehrer was an important stepping stone for the band. He really encouraged the band to stay true to their infectious sound. I like how the album has this cool, timeless edge. This record didn't make Blondie a household name, (that wouldn't happen until the release of "Parallel Lines") but every band has to start somewhere and what an incredible start it was. Enjoy!
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on May 16, 2016
Fun happy music from the most influential band of our generation. The first group to cross rock, disco, rap, new wave and punk in a way that really works. This group is the 'real thing' not like the sea of wanna be's in the mainstream today. I bought this cd to replace the original issue I got years ago because the original cd didn't sound anywhere near as good as the vinyl LP. This one says its digitally remastered but it doesn't sound any better than the original issue. I was expecting more clarity and higher quality sound and it isn't there. This one comes with really cool extra pictures and several extra songs so it is worth buying for sure but don't expect it to sound as good as vinyl.
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on November 8, 2015
This is a great showcase of Blondie in its early days. They were a part of the emerging "punk rock" scene in lower East Side New York. This shows their grittier side ... the rocking Debby and group! I "discovered" them with this album and was happy to find it again at such a good price. I know I am biased but I can remember that when I played this record (yes, I owned it as a record) my friends all said "Blondie who?" Then, when Parallel Lines came out, everyone wanted to hear their origins. Before they "disco-fied" they were the greatest band I ever heard! You owe it to yourself to listen and learn what a great band sounds like! BUY IT
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One song skipped until I gave the album a good deep cleaning and it went away. Blondie's debut album. Another great piece of rock n' roll history. Sounds great on 180 gram vinyl. No skips (now any way) or surface noise and lays flat and well centered. Lovin' it!
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on July 15, 2014
Remasters, nowdays are very expensive and they don't match the sonics of the original ones. This LP. is in good condition, it is refreshing to hear their raw and unpolished side, true rock, with a tinge of punk, her voice is ethereal, her presence is the reason for their popularity, the band knows that as well, she rocks!
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on March 21, 2017
A Classic fantastic debut CD, and it came in pristine condition. I have
been wanting to buy this disc for around 38 years, and I finally bought it!
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on April 22, 2017
Im so happy the vinyl
Came in great condition &
Packaging perfect. Plays amazing &
All songs are there!
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on September 5, 2015
This is the first Blondie album. The songs are great 1970s music. A real treat. It is also nice to see that they gotten together recently for live performances.
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on May 4, 2018
It is Blondie, it is a greatalbum, not as good as "Parallel Linesp", in my opinion, but it still holds up.
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on September 19, 2010
This debut album is brilliant! Blondie captures that girl group sound that Phil Spector rode to fame with back in the 60's. However, this isn't Ronnie Spector with a studio band, Blondie is a band and this band complements it's lead singer with excellent songwriting skills and a musical backdrop that gives this project an extremely promising future. I've been playing this record to death - even went out and bought the vinyl version. The CD gets the edge because the bonus songs on this disc are fantastic! "Platinum Blonde", indeed!!!!
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