Blondie [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
If new wave was about reconfiguring and recontextualizing simple pop
ock forms of the '50s and '60s in new, ironic, and aggressive ways, then Blondie, which took the girl group style of the early and mid-'60s and added a '70s archness, fit right in. True punksters may have deplored the group early on they never had the hip cachet of Talking Heads or even the Ramones, but Blondie's secret weapon, which was deployed increasingly over their career, was a canny pop straddle -- they sent the music up and celebrated it at the same time. So, for instance, songs like "X Offender" their first single and "In the Flesh" their first hit, in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
If new wave was about reconfiguring and recontextualizing simple pop
ock forms of the '50s and '60s in new, ironic, and aggressive ways, then Blondie, which took the girl group style of the early and mid-'60s and added a '70s archness, fit right in. True punksters may have deplored the group early on they never had the hip cachet of Talking Heads or even the Ramones, but Blondie's secret weapon, which was deployed increasingly over their career, was a canny pop straddle -- they sent the music up and celebrated it at the same time. So, for instance, songs like "X Offender" their first single and "In the Flesh" their first hit, in Australia had the tough-girl-with-a-tender-heart tone of the Shangri-Las the disc was produced by Richard Gottehrer, who had handled the Angels ["My Boyfriend's Back"] among others, and Brill Building songwriter Ellie Greenwich even sang backup on "In the Flesh", while going one step too far into hard-edged decadence -- that is, if you chose to see that. The tag line of "Look Good in Blue," for example, went, "I could give you some head and shoulders to lie on." The whole point was that you could take Blondie either way, and lead singer Deborah Harry's vocals, which combined rock fervor with a kiss-off quality, reinforced that, as did the band's energetic, trashy sound. This album, released on independent label Private Sound, was not a major hit, but it provided a template for the future. [The 2001 CD reissue on Capitol, which spiffed up the sonics significantly -- thus diminishing the trashiness of the sound -- added five bonus tracks: three demos, including the archetypal "Platinum Blonde," a cover of the Shangri-Las' "Out in the Streets," as well as the original single versions of "X Offender" and "In the Sun."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353359621
  • Catalog Number: 33596
  • Sales rank: 10,675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 X Offender (3:14)
  2. 2 Little Girl Lies (2:07)
  3. 3 In the Flesh (2:33)
  4. 4 Look Good in Blue (2:55)
  5. 5 In the Sun (2:39)
  6. 6 A Shark in Jets Clothing (3:39)
  7. 7 Man Overboard (3:22)
  8. 8 Rip Her to Shreds (3:22)
  9. 9 Rifle Range (3:41)
  10. 10 Kung Fu Girls (2:33)
  11. 11 The Attack of the Giant Ants (3:34)
  12. 12 Out in the Streets (2:20)
  13. 13 The Thin Line (2:16)
  14. 14 Platinum Blonde (2:12)
  15. 15 X Offender (3:13)
  16. 16 In the Sun (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blondie Primary Artist
Debbie Harry Vocals, Group Member
Ellie Greenwich Background Vocals
Jimmy Destri Piano, farfisa organ, Piano (Grand), Roland Synthesizer, Group Member
Clem Burke Drums
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Chris Stein Bass, Guitar, Group Member
Gary Valentine Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Micki Harris Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Craig Leon Producer, Remixing
Alan Betrock Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Richard Gottehrer Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Liner Notes
Brian Kelley Producer
Chris Stein Composer
Marty Thau Composer, Additional Music
Robert Fisher Reissue Design
Bob Gruen Reissue Photography
Kevin Flaherty Producer, Reissue Producer, Reissue Compiler
Darren Wong Art Direction
Ray Stevenson Reissue Photography
Bryan Kelley Reissue Producer
Rob Freeman Engineer
Jonathan Postal Reissue Photography
Kevin Bartley Mastering
Ronnie Toast Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ¿60s girlgroup sound meet ¿70s punk energy

    Though they¿d get more famous, Blondie never got better than their debut. Their mixture of ¿60s girl-group pop and ¿70s punk energy was a unique sound among their New York contemporaries. While the Ramones were stripping rock ¿n¿ roll to its 1¿30'' essence, Blondie matched the hook-filled melodies of the Brill Building with lyrics that pushed the Shangri-La¿s bad girl stance a few paces forward. <br><br> Debbie Harry¿s vocals - alone, double-tracked or backed by harmonies - and the band¿s songs (only drummer Clement Burke didn¿t contribute songwriting) were at once heartfelt odes to the of 1960s while at the same time thoroughly modern in attitude. ''X Offender'' ''Rip Her to Shreds'' and ''In the Flesh'' are too in-your-face (and perhaps too ironic) to have actually been recorded by early-60s girl-groups, yet their spirit leaves one to imagine how great they would sound if sent back in time to the Shangri-Las. <br><br> Richard Gottehrer¿s production is spot-on, adding a polish that elevates these tracks to stand with their Brill Building inspirations. At the same time, the buzzing Farfisa organ and Clem Burke¿s power drumming keep an edge that plants these tracks firmly in the mid-70s. <br><br> Capitol¿s reissue adds five bonus tracks to the original dozen, all of which are more interesting for their historical peek into the band¿s development than for their musicality. A pre-LP single featuring ''X Offender'' and ''In the Sun'' shows the band still balancing their sound. The double-tracked vocal on the former pales in comparison to the LP version, and the melody on the latter (as well as its rambunctious spirit) had yet to fully emerge. An Alan Betrock produced take of the Shangri-Las ''Out in the Streets'' is fine, but doesn¿t capture the tortured mood of the original, while ''The Thin Line'' and ''Platinum Blonde'' sound like the demo track that they are - a band with an original idea that isn¿t yet fully expressed. 4-1/2 stars, if bn.com allowed fractional ratings.

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