The Hunter [Bonus Tracks]

The Hunter [Bonus Tracks]

by Blondie

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Overview

Autoamerican was Blondie's last real album (until its 1999 reunion with No Exit), after which the band collapsed in legal problems and solo aspirations. The Hunter was only made because they still owed Chrysalis an album on their contract, and it sounds like the obligatory record it was. "Island of Lost Souls" (the album's only U.S. singles chart entry and, in fact, the only song released as a single in the U.S.) was a try at remaking "The Tide Is High," and "The Beast" tried to re-create at least the rap section of "Rapture." "War Child," which made the U.K. Top 40, was a dance rock effort in the style of "Call Me" and one of two somewhat autobiographical Debbie Harry lyrics, along with "English Boys." (Harry wrote all the album's words except for those to keyboard player Jimmy Destri's "Danceway" and the cover of the Marvelettes' 1967 hit "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game," which was written by Smokey Robinson.) "For Your Eyes Only" had been intended as the theme song for the 1981 James Bond film, but rejected (rightly) in favor of a competing entry by Bill Conti and Mike Leeson that went on to become a Top Five hit for Sheena Easton. The rest of the material was equally second-rate, consisting of funk-rock tracks with the barest of melodies and lyrics that ranged from impenetrable ("Orchid Club") to incoherent (the science fiction epic "Dragonfly," which alternated recited and sung sections having something to do with a spaceship race). Blondie was always a band with ideas -- musical, lyrical, and visual -- but The Hunter found them running short conceptually as well practically. It was a disappointing end. (The 2001 reissue adds an eight-minute extended version of "War Child," previously unreleased in the U.S., as a bonus track.)

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724353367022
catalogNumber: 33670
Rank: 37829

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blondie   Primary Artist
Debbie Harry   Vocals,Group Member
Jimmy Destri   Keyboards,Group Member
Darryl Tookes   Background Vocals
Robert Aaron   Saxophone
Manolo Badrena   Percussion
Clem Burke   Drums,Group Member
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Nigel Harrison   Bass,Group Member
Frank Infante   Guitar,Group Member
Luis "Perico" Ortíz   Horn
Janice Pendarvis   Background Vocals
Zachary Sanders   Background Vocals
Roger Squitero   Percussion
Chris Stein   Guitar,Group Member
Rafael Maldonado   Horn
Luis Ortiz   Horn
Rick Davies   Horn

Technical Credits

Debbie Harry   Composer
Robert Aaron   Horn Arrangements
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Chris Stein   Composer
Ebet Roberts   Reissue Photography
Mike Chapman   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Liner Notes
Robert Fisher   Reissue Design
Kevin Flaherty   Producer,Reissue Producer,Reissue Compiler
Darren Wong   Art Direction
Bryan Kelley   Producer,Reissue Producer
Barry Schultz   Reissue Photography

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