If you consulted a Blondie discography in the fall of 2002, you would see a slew of compilations listed, and you might wonder why a new Greatest Hits was needed. But a closer examination would reveal that there really is a niche into which such a collection would fall: that of a full-priced, single-disc, CD-era hits compilation covering the band's entire career. Although still in print, The Best of Blondie is a 12-track release from the LP era, first issued back in 1981 in between Blondie's fifth and sixth regular albums. 1988's Once More Into the Bleach combines Blondie and Debbie Harry solo tracks. 1993's Blonde & Beyond is a rarities set. 1994's The Platinum Collection fills two CDs and is thus pricey. 1995's The Remix Project contains remixes. There have also been short, discount-priced collections and overseas compilations, but the niche remains -- and Greatest Hits fills it. It contains among its 19 tracks all ten of the band's U.S. chart singles as well as their major U.K. hits that did not chart in America. "X Offender," Blondie's 1976 debut single, is included, and so is "Maria," their 1999 comeback hit. By sequencing the album out of chronological order, the compilers emphasize the band's eclecticism. You don't get to hear Blondie's evolution from their early bubblegum punk style into the efficient power pop of the Mike Chapman productions and on into ersatz disco, rap, and Caribbean music; everything is all mixed up. The tropical 1980-1981 hit "The Tide Is High," for example, is followed by the belligerent "X Offender" from four years earlier, and the tough-talking "Rip Her to Shreds" gives way to the early hip-hop of "Rapture." Chronological order would have been better, but the hits are all here.
Performance CreditsBlondie Primary Artist
Technical CreditsDebbie Harry Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Mike Chapman Producer
Michelle Azzopardi Art Direction
Kevin Flaherty Producer
Lawrence Zubia Composer
Bryan Kelley Producer
Jonathan Postal Cover Photo
Shannon Ward Producer
Lance Whitaker Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Greatest Hits [Capitol/Chrysalis] based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I'm not a huge fan of greatest hits albums, but since that was about all I knew of Blondie and what I heard I liked, I bought this collection. It's great fun to listen to, but the first two or three songs sound like they are recorded too fast which is disappointing.
i recently found a new appreciation for blondie, they do some songs that i've always loved, but never knew who did them, everybody should go out and get this CD
With the release of the current "Greatest Hits" package, all of Blondie's hits to date are included. Which includes the EUROPEAN MEGA SMASH from 1999 "MARIA". Which was # 1 throughout Europe in 99. Blondie were always they most creative and original band in rock music. Their brillance is evident on this album. The euro-disco beat of "Heart of Glass", the pulsating drive of "Call Me", the funky styles of "Rapture and The Hardest Part". Blondie we're responsible for bringing mass millions of rock fans the likes of Reggae "The Tide is High" and Rap with "Rapture" both being #1 Singles from 1981. In fact on this package there is no less than 8 #1 Singles from both sides of the atlantic. Blondie's ever ending search for musical diversity has served the band well, this greatest hits package is still strong and vibrant as the day the songs were first released. Truly a worthy purchase for any blondie fan or music consumer in general. This package is also a prelude too a new Blondie album to be released in early 2003.