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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 !
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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first the warning. this has the longer 'disco version' of Heart of Glass. and not the original album version. I was lead to believe that this was a reissue of the original version of the record. In all fairness, most copies of this on vinyl have the disco mix as it was replaced only a few months after the original release.
Other than that. the album is great. I am not going to comment on the music on this disc. if you are looking at getting the vinyl, than you probably know what is in the grooves, so I will comment on physical medium.
Back to Black has a pretty good reputation for their reissue work and this does nothing to hurt that reputation. My copy is very quiet and very flat. I actually ended turing up my system a whole lot when I first played this becuase I could not hear ANY surface noise and just assumed that the volume was down.
Amazons price on this is pretty good for 180 g vinyl, and then add in the fact that this is an import with no US vinyl editions currently out.
The cover photo is a bit disappointing. almost like they just took artwork for a CD and blew it up to 12" x 12"
The record labels are a very nice reproduction of the late 70s Chrysalis lablel.
I would have given this 5 stars if it only had the 3.50 minute version of Heart of Glass
When this album was released, it was the musical equivalent of the first day of Spring in Seattle. A bright yet cool breeze of refreshing and invigorating rock-and-roll that sounded old yet new at the same time after a long, dreary "disco" overcast.
Interestingly, the very first track from this album that I heard on the radio was "Fade Away and Radiate". I still remember cranking it up on my Superscope Hi-Fi in my room. I thought it was a brilliant example of pop musicianship (rather like like Pink Floyd) and great poetry to boot. It also helped that I remembered watching the old vacuum-tube televisions so I could visualize the song in my mind. What a trip!
"Heart of Glass" quickly became a monster hit and got so much airplay that I couldn't stand it. Then one day I want driving with a friend and he played a cassette of Parallel Lines and I realized I had to buy the record. I still remember walking across the Univerisity of Washington campus with my new Blondie album.
In my little corner of the world, I can think of no other single recording that did more to sweep "disco" music off the charts and bring back rock, this time as the "new wave". So, I feel like I owe Blondie big time for that.
Ironically, the one song I really didn't like was "I Know but I Don't Know." I thought it was self-indulgent filler at the time, but it sounds like Mozart compared to some of the stuff that's popular today.
Before drugs, ego and petty jealousies finally afflicted them Blondie was able to churn out this excellent album that deserves a place in any decent sonic library.