The Platinum Collection

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All Music Guide - Jacob N. Lunders
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jacob N. Lunders
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/1994
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724383110025
  • Catalog Number: 31100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 X Offender (3:10)
  2. 2 In the Flesh (2:26)
  3. 3 Man Overboard (3:20)
  4. 4 Rip Her to Shreds (3:18)
  5. 5 Denis (2:16)
  6. 6 Contact in Red Square (1:56)
  7. 7 Kung Fu Girls (2:29)
  8. 8 I'm on E (2:12)
  9. 9 (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear (2:40)
  10. 10 Poets Problem (2:19)
  11. 11 Detroit 442 (2:24)
  12. 12 Picture This (2:53)
  13. 13 Fade Away and Radiate (3:57)
  14. 14 I'm Gonna Love You Too (2:03)
  15. 15 Just Go Away (3:21)
  16. 16 Hanging on the Telephone (2:17)
  17. 17 Will Anything Happen? (2:55)
  18. 18 Heart of Glass (4:10)
  19. 19 Rifle Range (3:37)
  20. 20 11:59 (3:19)
  21. 21 Sunday Girl (3:12)
  22. 22 I Know But I Don't Know (3:53)
  23. 23 One Way or Another (3:31)
  24. 24 Dreaming (3:03)
  25. 25 Sound-A-Sleep (4:12)
  26. 26 Living in the Real World (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Union City Blue (3:18)
  2. 2 The Hardest Part (3:37)
  3. 3 Atomic (3:50)
  4. 4 Die Young Stay Pretty (3:27)
  5. 5 Slow Motion (3:25)
  6. 6 Call Me (3:30)
  7. 7 Tide Is High (3:51)
  8. 8 Susie and Jeffrey (4:08)
  9. 9 Rapture (4:57)
  10. 10 Walk Like Me (3:46)
  11. 11 Island of Lost Souls (3:48)
  12. 12 Dragonfly (5:58)
  13. 13 War Child (3:58)
  14. 14 Little Caesar (2:57)
  15. 15 Out in the Streets (2:19)
  16. 16 Platinum Blonde (2:15)
  17. 17 The Thin Line (2:25)
  18. 18 Puerto Rico (2:05)
  19. 19 Once I Had a Love (AKA the Disco Song) (3:56)
  20. 20 Atomic (4:03)
  21. 21 Rapture (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blondie Primary Artist, 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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