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Autoamerican [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Blondie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005MNP6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Europa (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Live It Up (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. The Tide Is High (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Angels On The Balcony (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Go Through It (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Do The Dark (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rapture (2001 - Remaster) 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Faces (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. T-Birds (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Walk Like Me (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Follow Me (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Call Me (Original Long Version) (2001 Digital Remaster) 8:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suzy & Jeffrey (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rapture (Special Disco Mix) (2001 Digital Remaster) 9:592.49  Buy MP3 

Product Description

2.Live It Up
3.Here's Looking At You
4.The Tide Is High
5.Angels On The Balcony
6.Go Through It
7.Do The Dark
11.Walk Like Me
12.Follow Me
13.Call Me (Original Long Version)
14.Suzy & Jeffrey
15.Rapture (Special Disco Mix)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grower on your taste buds! 26 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Since it's release this album has recieved a mixed reaction
and continues to divide fan opinion. Blondie however, have
never been content to merely be pop-punk hitmakers and
nothing else ("Attack Of The Giant Ants", "Victor" or "Cautious
Lip" anyone?).
Until 1999's "No Exit", "Autoamerican" was Blondie's most
diverse album. Right away the album takes a different
direction with Chris Stein's moody futuristic classical piece
"Europa". The rest of the album takes in show tunes ("Here's
Looking At You"), reggae ("The Tide Is High" originally by The
Paragons), jazz (Debbie's composition "Faces") and ends
with "Follow Me" from the musical "Camelot".
Deborah Harry and Chris Stein's "Rapture" was a pioneering
rap hit. Debbie's rapping is flawless, her harmonising verses
are seductive and the song ends with the coolest guitar
solo ever. Nigel Harrison's co-penned "T-Birds" is breezy and
Debbie gives an alternate take on history. I love guest
Wa Wa Watson's wah wah guitar on the soaring "Live It Up"
(which comes out even more in the extended disco mix, sadly
not included in this reissue).
Jimmy Destri scores as always with album tracks. "Angels On
The Balcony" is one of Blondie's finest album tracks, has a
great guitar solo in the middle and should have been a single.
"Walk Like Me" is a punky garage number about anti-conformity
and has a great marching bassline, twangy guitar and growly
vocals in that way that only Debbie can do properly.
It may not have the instant appeal of the first four albums
but after a few listens it can prove a rewarding experience
and really grow on you. Blondie managed to experiment
artistically and deliver some hit songs at the same time.
Long term fans of course will have spotted the lyrical link
between "Walk Like Me" and the 1999 hit single "Maria" (also
by Destri).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspired Masterpiece 26 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
If PARALLEL LINES is Blondie's greatest collection of songs - snappy, clever and direct, in ideal compliance with their standing as the perfect pop group - their 1980 AUTOAMERICAN is their greatest album, one that is dignified and complete, perfect in its total unity and harmony. Ironically it is at a time when Blondie were most alienated as a group that they sound most like a band, a contradiction evoked in the record's beautiful cover art.
On AUTOAMERICAN Blondie, in spirit at least, step outside New York and breathe in the vast scope and beauty of America. The record's opening sequence "Europa", a somewhat intellectual concept of the automobile voiced robotically by Harry, is the statement of intent, giving way to the perfect disco bass of "Live it Up", containing one of Blondie's great lines: "you know its so passé/to sleep without you every day". "Go Through It" cruises along an open highway with tender love and gutsy charm. "Do the Dark", tinged with North African allusion, is a shadowy and mysterious invitation to "do the Sidewalk Shuffle/do the Invisible Dance" and is one of Blondie's most intoxicating songs.
Admittedly "The Tide is High" becomes increasingly easy to skip over as the album's finest moments become even more alluring; The old time dance-hall number "Here's Looking at You" - lazy, smoky and poignant, voiced through a glass of bourbon while pining for Monroe; The immortal "Rapture", cooler now than it ever was, and a significant piece of pop culture in itself, pin-pointing the exact moment when the New York elite chose hip-hop over power pop. Evoking Basquait and Warhol as effortlessly as it does huge yellow taxi cabs and brownstone buildings; space mutants and b-movies; Coca Cola and Studio 54.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their (inspired) third musical triumph in a row 20 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Little Blondie had recorded on their first four albums could have prepared anyone for the experimental approach of 1980's `AutoAmerican'. Again working with Australian production maestro, Mike Chapman (Suzi Quatro, The Knack, `Parallel Lines', `Eat to the Beat'), the band went in directions that were extremely unusual for that era.

There are echoes of their past on this record in its dabbles in disco rhythms, reggae and very occasional rock. But as a whole, it abandons Blondie's earlier 60s mod girl group new wave affectations. `AutoAmerican' feels incredibly complex, concept-like, literate and ever so slightly pretentious - even though, when you break it down into individual songs, it actually isn't.

Science-fiction and symphonic film scores are behind guitarist Chris Stein's opening `Europa', which ends with a spoken verse from Deborah Harry about man's over-dependence on cars, which has led to their abandonment. The car motif is then very loosely picked up in lyrics on a few occasions throughout the album. Combined with the title and cover design credits, it is just enough to make it feel substantial. `Europa' is an arresting beginning.

There are lot of odd influences in other places, a number of them recalling eras like the 30s and 40s (`Live It Up', `Here's Looking at You' and Harry's extraordinary, soaring, self-penned theatrical jazz torch song, `Faces'), reggae (the cover of `The Tide Is High - to me, a slight low point), early hip hop combined with disco (the ethereal `Rapture') and even a cover from Broadway's `Camelot' (`Follow Me') to close proceedings, complete with waves breaking onto a shore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blondie 5 gets a 4
AUTOAMERICAN is the much maligned 5th Blondie album - I know there are a lot of people out there who think it ought to be subject to re-appraisal! Read more
Published 1 month ago by James P. Spaldin
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie

Knew this album from the past, a change in direction from Blondie at the time, with slower
more orchestral songs and also some disco moments. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie
AS great album from a great singer. Will there ever be another like her - I doubt it. First class!
Published 11 months ago by Ri
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spice of Life
Blondie as heard in 1980 and an album which saw mixed reactions from critics who have probably now reassessed it and changed their minds. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Still brilliant
I was brought this album as a teenager and decided I needed the MP3 version, its still a brilliant album and is getting as much play as my old LP.
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars forgotten classic
really this a classic from blondie such a great album not a duff track on it. i had truely forgotten how good this album is still got the vinyl album somewhere a must for any... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by bob not the builder
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated!
This is actually a very fine record from Deb & Co, It's not as poppy and commercialised as Parralel Lines, not as proto-punk as Eat To The Beat in fact the whole album has strong... Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by L. D. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but my favourite
I absolutely love the diversity on this album... great mix from lazy NY jazz, to reggae, to rock, with a mixture of techno, rap and pop. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by Dave. N
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever
I`ve been a fan of Blondie ever since the late 70s & they`ve done some great albums over the years,but this one tops the lot,an absolute masterpiece & there isn`t one bad track on... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2011 by Graham A
4.0 out of 5 stars Schizophrenic and spotty, but with some of their best songs
I have to admit that it was the two big hits on this album that delayed my interest in fully pursuing Blondie's full musical output. Read more
Published on 28 April 2010 by Scott Davies
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