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Although birthed in New York City's CBGB punk scene, Blondie from the beginning knew how to make up in finesse whatever they lacked in power. This extensive two-CD collection includes all the band's essential work--from th... more »
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Although birthed in New York City's CBGB punk scene, Blondie from the beginning knew how to make up in finesse whatever they lacked in power. This extensive two-CD collection includes all the band's essential work--from their early affection for 1960s girl groups ("In the Flesh"), and new wave pop-rock ("Hanging on the Telephone"), to the later turn to discofied rhythms ("Heart of Glass," "Call Me"), reggae ("The Tide is High") and even rap music ("Rapture"). That Blondie could churn out incredibly catchy radio-ready hits that defined the late-70s and early 80s without sacrificing their artistic credibility is a true testament to their blazing talent. Their rhythm section is incredibly tight, their mix of keyboards and guitar is always just right. Several remixes and an unreleased cut are added as bonuses. But the real treat is just having all these great tracks backed up next to one another. --Rob O'Connor
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BLONDIE: The Platinum Collection
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On a whim (and a shortage of money keeping me from purchasing something I truly desired at the time) I purchased "Blondie: The Platinum Collection" simply because the store had nothing else, and I really liked "Heart Of Glass". One year later, I'm still discovering new songs I love out of this extensive 47 song set. This collection places all of Blondie's 45rpm 7" records (A and B sides) on two compact discs along with 5 1975 demo's that give insight into their early sound, including the first run-through of what would become "Heart Of Glass" called "Once I Had A Love". Packed with a thick color booklet with an essay about the group, exclusive comments on each track by some of the bandmates, photo's dujor (including worldwide single and lp covers) and a majorly cool cover, this is one CD every collection should own. Standout tracks are: "Man Overboard", "Poets Problem", "Fade Away And Radiate", "HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE", "Dreaming", "Union City Blue", "Call Me", "Walk Like Me", "War Child", "Rapture" and of course, "Heart Of Glass". The 2 bonus remixes on the end that preview remixes released a year after this collection on "Remixed Remade Remodeled" are equally incredible. You may want to invest in that cd as well (btw-the aforementioned remix album is also available in the UK in a new package with quite a few different mixes...it's called "Beautiful"...check it out!)MATT STOUT October 1, 1999"
". . . a total portrait, with no omission . . ."
vortex87 | Picnic Point, NSW Australia | 10/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
". . . And unfortunately, that's not quite what you get here. Although there is a lot of good stuff.So let's go through that first. This - unlike either of the one-disk "best-ofs" - goes through the Blondie repertopire in chronological order, so we see their beginnings as part of the CBGB's crowd, but with a '60 flair (BLONDIE - "X-Offender," "Rip Her to Shreds," "Kung Fu Girls," "In the Flesh"; PLASTIC LETTERS - "Contact in Red Square," "I'm on E") evolve into more pop-ish leanings (also PLASTIC LETTERS - "Denis," "[I'm always touched by your] Presence, Dear") then into full-on new wave/power pop chart-toppers (all the songs here from PARALLEL LINES, EAT TO THE BEAT), and into stylistic expansions and more success (AUTOAMERICAN - "The Tide is High," "Rapture") before their decline in 1982 (although three of the four songs from THE HUNTER are okay, just one listen to "Little Caesar" tells you this). The b-side only "Poets Problem" (great) and "Suzy and Jeffrey" (surreal, but funny - a very Shangri-la-esque tale of two doomed engaged lovers, complete with car-crash sound effects!) are also here in their context. The accompanying booklet is terrific, with a single/album discography, many pictures - including album and U.S./British/overseas single covers - and very insightful song commentary from all the band members, except Chris Stein and Debbie Harry (alas).What's bad? Well, for one thing, several of the songs are shortened (originals on left, PLATINUM on right):
*"Rapture" 5:36 -> 4:57 (no third sung verse, much shorter guitar solo)
*"The Tide is High" c. 4:50 -> 4:20
*"Island of Lost Souls" c. 4:10 -> 3:50
*"Atomic" 4:40 -> 3:50 (no bass solo - which is mentioned in the song commentary!)
*"Heart of Glass" 5:50 -> 4:10 (of course, the one here _was_ the album version in the U.S. 'till the 2001 rerelease, or if you had the 1978 LP [or BLONDE AND BEYOND]; the version on THE BEST OF BLONDIE [now BLONDIE: GREATEST HITS] is 4:33. Although, the PLATINUM version isn't as short as the version I usually hear on the radio, which can't go past 3:40.)Chrysalis did a similar thing to a double CD Pat Benatar collection also released in 1994. Also, we don't have the "franglais" version of "Sunday Girl" (damn). For another thing, the 1975 demos (which are good, especially [IMHO] "Out in the Streets," "Platinum Blonde," and "Once I Had A Love" - and they're demos, so don't expect that much of them in terms of glossy production - although the first 3 sound much better than they do on the BLONDIE 2001 version; you also can't get "Puerto Rico" anywhere else, even if it should have been on BLONDIE 2001) could have been put first, as they go before BLONDIE. (This is important when it comes to "Once I Had a Love"'s morph into "Heart of Glass.") However, if your favorites aren't here, blame the people who decided what went on what single in the first place - for instance, almost all of PARALLEL LINES is here (11 out of 12), and the one left off is "Pretty Baby," (damn!) which could have been the b-side to the UK "Heart of Glass" 7" instead of "Rifle Range" (from BLONDIE!!!!), and "Little Caesar" and "Dragonfly" from THE HUNTER could have been dropped for "English Boys" and "Danceway," "Victor" or "Shayla" or "Eat to the Beat" for "Sound-A-Sleep," . . . etc. (More from PLASTIC LETTERS - like "Fan Mail," "Love at the Pier," "Bermuda Triangle Blues" - could have been included instead of the two lousy remixes.)
The only missing song that really should be here is "In the Sun," one of the best from BLONDIE and the b-side of the very first single Blondie cut, with Private Stock in May 1976. Conveniently, that single isn't on the discography (which starts with a UK release of "In the Flesh" in March 1977). Of course, if you've never really "gotten into" Blondie, but want to, this isn't a bad place to start. (Hey, it worked for me!)"
Pretty much everything
vortex87 | 03/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You can't go wrong with this. It traces Blondie's career from the early albums through their pre-reunion break-up. The sound quality is excellent. There are some duds, but pretty much everything worth having is here. The only notable omission for me was "Accidents Never Happen," for which you'll have to buy the "Eat to the Beat" album. When Blondie was at their best, which was often, they were a unique fusion of Rock, New Wave, Disco and Bubble Gum -- great lyrics, bouncy tunes, and Deborah Harry's incomparable voice."