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Parallel Lines [CD/DVD]
     

Parallel Lines [CD/DVD]

by Blondie
 

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Blondie turned to Britain-based pop producer Mike Chapman for their third album, on which they abandoned any pretensions to new wave legitimacy (just in time, given the decline of the style) and emerged as a mainstream, contemporary pop
ock band. But it wasn't just Chapman's influence that made Parallel Lines Blondie's best album; it was also the band's own

Overview

Blondie turned to Britain-based pop producer Mike Chapman for their third album, on which they abandoned any pretensions to new wave legitimacy (just in time, given the decline of the style) and emerged as a mainstream, contemporary pop
ock band. But it wasn't just Chapman's influence that made Parallel Lines Blondie's best album; it was also the band's own songwriting, including Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, and Jimmy Destri's "Picture This"; Harry and Stein's disco-styled "Heart of Glass"; and Harry and new bass player Nigel Harrison's "One Way or Another"; plus two contributions from non-band member Jack Lee, "Will Anything Happen?" and "Hanging on the Telephone." Together, they were enough to give Blondie a number one on both sides of the Atlantic with "Heart of Glass" and three more U.K. hits, but what impresses is the album's depth and consistency -- album tracks like "Fade Away and Radiate" and "Just Go Away" are as impressive as the songs pulled for singles. Still, Chapman's contribution is not to be discounted; a producer with a track record full of punchy British pop hits with his former partner Nicky Chinn for Suzi Quatro, Mud, the Sweet, and Smokie, he brought his sense of precise arranging and playing to a band that previously had been quite sloppy in execution, and he did it without sacrificing the group's spirit, particularly Harry's snotty yet sophisticated vocal style. The result is state-of-the-art pop
ock circa 1978, with Harry's tough-girl glamour setting the pattern that would be exploited over the next decade by a host of successors, led by Madonna. (The 2008 reissue adds four different bonus tracks than the 2001 reissue: the 7" single version of "Heart of Glass," the French version of "Sunday Girl" and remixes of "Hanging on the Telephone" and "Fade Away and Radiate" done in 1995. It also adds a DVD with videos and a Top of the Pops performance of "Sunday Girl.")

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099922768926
catalogNumber:
227689
Rank:
23878

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Performance Credits

Blondie   Primary Artist
Debbie Harry   Vocals,Group Member
Jimmy Destri   Keyboards,Group Member
Clem Burke   Drums,Group Member
Robert Fripp   Guitar
Nigel Harrison   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Frank Infante   Guitar,Group Member
Chris Stein   Guitar,12-string Guitar,E-bow,Group Member

Technical Credits

Debbie Harry   Composer,Author
Jimmy Destri   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Clem Burke   Author
Nigel Harrison   Composer
Frank Infante   Composer
Joe Mauldin   Composer
Chris Stein   Composer,Author
Niki Sullivan   Composer
Mike Chapman   Audio Production,Original Album Producer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction

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