Platinum Collection

The Platinum Collection

by Blondie
     
 
The Platinum Collection reigns as Blondie's finest compilation, outshining The Best of Blondie in overall quality and quantity. This fine retrospective covers every U.S. and U.K. A- and B-side on two discs while adding unreleased material and club remixes as bonuses at the finale. Opening with the poppy, yet venomous, first U.K. single,

Overview

The Platinum Collection reigns as Blondie's finest compilation, outshining The Best of Blondie in overall quality and quantity. This fine retrospective covers every U.S. and U.K. A- and B-side on two discs while adding unreleased material and club remixes as bonuses at the finale. Opening with the poppy, yet venomous, first U.K. single, "X Offender," disc one reveals Blondie's liveliest and most ambitious efforts as they merge their punk, reggae, and roots rock influences into what would soon be considered new wave. While Blondie is generally known for their charting singles, the spectacular B-sides/album tracks, including the dazzling space rocker "Fade Away and Radiate" and the punk/synth pop hybrid "Contact in Red Square," are equally essential. Disc two recalls some of the band's most accessible singles including "The Tide Is High," "Call Me," and "Rapture," which became the first Top Ten single to contain a rap vocal. Despite the excellent material represented so far, the second half unfortunately fails to sustain the momentum. Marked by selections from Blondie's 1982 swan song The Hunter, four 1975 demos, and two 1994 remixes, the rest of the disc suffers from poor sequencing and inferior selections. The terrible, unnecessary remixes of "Atomic" and "Rapture" and ho-hum demos would only appeal to collectors. Nonetheless, the demo "Once I Had a Love" would eventually receive a disco makeover and evolve into the international chart-topper "Heart of Glass" three years later. Ultimately, fans may prefer the distinguished single edits for "Heart of Glass" and "The Tide Is High" over the album versions, and yet despite all revealed shortcomings, The Platinum Collection provides more music per dollar spent compared to other Blondie releases. In addition, the compilation's colorful liner notes include insightful song commentary by most of Blondie, single and album information, and a descriptive family tree.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/1994
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724383110025
catalogNumber:
31100

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. X Offender
  2. In the Flesh
  3. Man Overboard
  4. Rip Her to Shreds
  5. Denis
  6. Contact in Red Square
  7. Kung Fu Girls
  8. I'm on E
  9. (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear
  10. Poets Problem
  11. Detroit 442
  12. Picture This
  13. Fade Away and Radiate
  14. I'm Gonna Love You Too
  15. Just Go Away
  16. Hanging on the Telephone
  17. Will Anything Happen?
  18. Heart of Glass
  19. Rifle Range
  20. 11:59
  21. Sunday Girl
  22. I Know But I Don't Know
  23. One Way or Another
  24. Dreaming
  25. Sound-A-Sleep
  26. Living in the Real World

Disc 2

  1. Union City Blue
  2. The Hardest Part
  3. Atomic
  4. Die Young Stay Pretty
  5. Slow Motion
  6. Call Me
  7. Tide Is High
  8. Susie and Jeffrey
  9. Rapture
  10. Walk Like Me
  11. Island of Lost Souls
  12. Dragonfly
  13. War Child
  14. Little Caesar
  15. Out in the Streets
  16. Platinum Blonde
  17. The Thin Line
  18. Puerto Rico
  19. Once I Had a Love (AKA the Disco Song)
  20. Atomic
  21. Rapture

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blondie   Primary Artist
Debbie Harry   Vocals
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals
Jimmy Destri   Keyboards,Vocals
Clem Burke   Drums
Nigel Harrison   Bass
Frank Infante   Guitar,Vocals
Lorna Luft   Background Vocals
Chris Stein   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Holt   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Craig Leon   Producer
Giorgio Moroder   Producer
Howard Barrett   Composer
Alan Betrock   Producer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Bruce Harris   Producer
Chris Stein   Composer
Mike Chapman   Producer
Tyrone Evans   Composer

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