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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The basic Blondie sextet was augmented, or replaced, by numerous session musicians including lots of uncredited horn and string players for the group's fifth album, Autoamerican, on which they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat. A cover of Jamaican group the Paragons' "The Tide Is High," released in advance of the album, became a gold-selling number one single, as did the rap pastiche "Rapture," but, despite their presence, the album stalled in the lower half of the Top Ten and spent fewer weeks in the charts than either of its predecessors. One reason for that, admittedly, was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The basic Blondie sextet was augmented, or replaced, by numerous session musicians including lots of uncredited horn and string players for the group's fifth album, Autoamerican, on which they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat. A cover of Jamaican group the Paragons' "The Tide Is High," released in advance of the album, became a gold-selling number one single, as did the rap pastiche "Rapture," but, despite their presence, the album stalled in the lower half of the Top Ten and spent fewer weeks in the charts than either of its predecessors. One reason for that, admittedly, was that Chrysalis Records pulled promotion of the disc in favor of pushing lead singer Debbie Harry's debut solo album, KooKoo, not even bothering to release a third single after scoring two chart-topping hits. But then, it's hard to imagine what that third single could have been on an album that leads off with a pretentious string-filled instrumental "Europa", and also finds Harry crooning ersatz '20s pop on "Here's Looking at You" and tackling Broadway show music in a cover of "Follow Me" from Camelot. Though more characteristic, the rest of the tracks are weak compositions indifferently executed. Thus Autoamerican was memorable only for its hits, which would be better heard when placed on a hits compilation. The 2001 reissue strengthened the release by adding as bonus tracks an eight-minute version of "Call Me," the band's previous number one hit theme from the film American Gigolo; "Suzy & Jeffrey," the non-LP B-side of "The Tide Is High," and actually a better track than most of the album cuts on the original record; and a ten-minute "special disco mix" of "Rapture" that featured an extended percussion break.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353359522
  • Catalog Number: 33595
  • Sales rank: 31,087

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Europa (3:31)
  2. 2 Live It Up (4:09)
  3. 3 Here's Looking at You (2:58)
  4. 4 The Tide Is High (4:40)
  5. 5 Angels on the Balcony (3:47)
  6. 6 Go Through It (2:42)
  7. 7 Do the Dark (3:51)
  8. 8 Rapture (6:31)
  9. 9 Faces (3:52)
  10. 10 T-Birds (3:57)
  11. 11 Walk Like Me (3:45)
  12. 12 Follow Me (3:10)
  13. 13 Call Me (Original Long Version) (8:07)
  14. 14 Suzy & Jeffrey (4:10)
  15. 15 Rapture (9:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blondie Primary Artist
Debbie Harry Vocals, Group Member
Tom Scott Saxophone, Lyricon
Jimmy Destri Keyboards, Group Member
Alex Acuña Percussion
Ray Brown Bass
Ollie E. Brown Percussion
Clem Burke Drums, Group Member
Steve Goldstein Synthesizer, Piano
Nigel Harrison Bass, Group Member
Frank Infante Guitar, Group Member
Howard Kaylan Vocals
Scott Lesser Percussion
Emil Richards Percussion
Chris Stein Guitar, Timpani, Group Member
Mark Volman Vocals
W.W. Watson Guitar
Wa Wa Watson Guitar
Steve "Golde" Goldstein Synthesizer, Piano
The B-Girls Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Debbie Harry Composer
Teena Marie Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer
Bill Bass Art Direction
Lenise Bent Engineer
Bob Emmer Director
Shep Gordon Director
Jimmie Haskell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Tony Hatch Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Scott Lesser Stage Manager
Frederick Loewe Composer
Randy Muller Composer
Denny Vosburgh Director
Mike Chapman Producer, Liner Notes
Robert Fisher Reissue Design
Bob Gruen Reissue Photography
Kevin Flaherty Producer, Reissue Producer, Reissue Compiler
Darren Wong Art Direction
Bryan Kelley Producer, Reissue Producer
Jeff Mayer Reissue Photography
Kevin Bartley Mastering
Martina Hoffman Paintings
Jack Goga Composer
Martin Hoffman Paintings
Jimmy Haskell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Otis Hendricks Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blondie gets Creative

    When this album was originally released in late 1980, coming off the monster success of ''Call Me'' the #1 Song of 1980, and defining the 1980's ''It's all about me'' decade with the theme from ''American Gigolo''. Little did Blondie and the world in general realize how influential the 2 #1 songs of AutoAmerican would be. Blondie introduced to millions of rock fans around the world Reggae and the unknown and little heard of Rap. Although Blondie was neither a Rap/Reggae artist, their talent was evident in these 2 outstanding tracks. Rapture has gone on to become one of Rock Music's finest and most outstanding performances. Other relative tracks on AutAmerican are ''Faces, Here's Looking at you and Call Me''. Call me, was never featured on any Blondie album, just on their hit packages. This full length version, very rarely heard on radio, is still as vibrant and catchy as it was in 1980. All in all, the re-released album, gives you 3 #1 songs, which is rather impressive buy for a music consumer.

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