Eat to the Beat [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Just as Blondie's second album, Plastic Letters, was a pale imitation of their self-titled debut, Eat to the Beat, their fourth album, was a secondhand version of their breakthrough third album, Parallel Lines: one step forward, half a step back. There was an attempt, on such songs as "The Hardest Part" and "Atomic," to recreate the rock/disco fusion of the group's one major U.S. hit, "Heart of Glass," without similar success, and, elsewhere, the band just tried to cover too many stylistic bases. "Die Young Stay Pretty," for example, dipped into an island sound complete with modified reggae beat a foreshadowing of the upcoming hit "The Tide Is High", and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Just as Blondie's second album, Plastic Letters, was a pale imitation of their self-titled debut, Eat to the Beat, their fourth album, was a secondhand version of their breakthrough third album, Parallel Lines: one step forward, half a step back. There was an attempt, on such songs as "The Hardest Part" and "Atomic," to recreate the rock/disco fusion of the group's one major U.S. hit, "Heart of Glass," without similar success, and, elsewhere, the band just tried to cover too many stylistic bases. "Die Young Stay Pretty," for example, dipped into an island sound complete with modified reggae beat a foreshadowing of the upcoming hit "The Tide Is High", and "Sound-a-Sleep" was a lullaby that dragged too much to be a good change of pace. The British, who had long since been converted, made Eat to the Beat another chart-topper, with three major hits, including a number one ranking for "Atomic" and almost the same success for "Dreaming," but in the U.S., which still saw Blondie as a slightly comic one-hit wonder, the album was greeted for what it was -- slick corporate rock without the tangy flavor that had made Parallel Lines such ear candy. [The 2001 reissue added four bonus tracks that expanded on the album's eclecticism. "Die Young Stay Pretty" and a cover of the Four Tops' "Seven Rooms of Gloom" came from a New Year's Eve 1979 show in Glasgow, Scotland, and were previously unreleased in the U.S.; a live cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" had been the B-side of "Atomic" in the U.K.; and the live cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" came from the Roadie soundtrack. But the reissue's most striking feature was producer Mike Chapman's surprisingly frank liner notes, which detailed the band's troubles during the recording sessions.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353359720
  • Catalog Number: 33597
  • Sales rank: 25,927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreaming (3:08)
  2. 2 The Hardest Part (3:42)
  3. 3 Union City Blue (3:21)
  4. 4 Shayla (3:58)
  5. 5 Eat to the Beat (2:40)
  6. 6 Accidents Never Happen (4:15)
  7. 7 Die Young Stay Pretty (3:34)
  8. 8 Slow Motion (3:28)
  9. 9 Atomic (4:40)
  10. 10 Sound-A-Sleep (4:18)
  11. 11 Victor (3:19)
  12. 12 Living in the Real World (2:53)
  13. 13 Die Young Stay Pretty (3:27)
  14. 14 7-Rooms of Gloom (2:48)
  15. 15 Heroes (6:19)
  16. 16 Ring of Fire (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blondie Primary Artist
Debbie Harry Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Ellie Greenwich Background Vocals
Jimmy Destri Keyboards, Background Vocals
Clem Burke Drums, Group Member
Donna Destri Background Vocals
Nigel Harrison Bass, Group Member
Randy Singer Hennes Harmonica
Frank Infante Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Lorna Luft Background Vocals
Chris Stein Guitar, Group Member
Mike Chapman Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Debbie Harry Composer
Bennie Moten Composer
Bill Bass Art Direction
Peter Coleman Engineer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Jeff Griffin Producer
Steve Hall Mastering
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Chris Stein Composer
David Tickle Engineer
Mike Chapman Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Liner Notes
Robert Fisher Reissue Design
Michael Putland Reissue Photography
Adrian Boot Reissue Photography
Lawrence Zubia Composer
Darren Wong Art Direction
Bryan Kelley Reissue Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listening to the real Blondie

    This is full of energy. Good riffs and vocals. These songs are very angry and real punk! I like the title track, it is very fast. "Slow Motion" is exting and "Dreaming" sounds like ABBA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BLONDIE'S FINEST WORK

    Eat to the Beat is without a doubt Blondie's best album to date. It's pure power pop. The hard driving and raw beats of a band that were at the time exploding internationally. This re-release adds some bonus material. Best tracks on the album are ''Atomic, Dreaming, The Hardest Part and Shayla'' All of which were big hits. Eat to the Beat was also made into a Video Album in 1979, which all the songs on the album were made into Videos, the first music artist in history to do this. This album stands out like no other album of that era, still sounds crisp and bouncy.

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