Eat to the Beat [Bonus Tracks]

Eat to the Beat [Bonus Tracks]

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by Blondie
     
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0724353359720
catalogNumber:
5002993
Rank:
4461

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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
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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