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Blondie At The BBC [CD+DVD, Live]

Blondie Audio CD
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The feisty ambition of ex-Playboy Bunny Deborah Harry and her mop topped male colleagues has paid off. A quarter of a century after their debut, Blondie are rightly acclaimed as one of the most influential bands of their generation. They also became the most commercially successful act of the entire Punk and New Wave scene. Though it didn’t exactly happen overnight.

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Live
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B003QSHIQ2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Intro/Denis (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
2. The Hardest Part (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
3. Die Young, Stay Pretty (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
4. Accidents Never Happen (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
5. Victor (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
6. Living In The Real World (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
7. Seven Rooms Of Gloom (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
8. Eat To The Beat (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
9. X Offender (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
10. Dreaming (BBC Radio 1 - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Denis (BBC Top Of The Pops)
2. Fan Mail (Old Grey Whistle Test)
3. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear (Old Grey Whistle Test)
4. Detroit 442 (Old Grey Whistle Test)
5. Picture This (BBC Top Of The Pops)
6. Sunday Girl (BBC Top Of The Pops)
7. Dreaming (BBC Top Of The Pops)
8. Dreaming (Old Grey Whistle Test - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
9. Slow Motion (Old Grey Whistle Test - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
10. Shayla (Old Grey Whistle Test - The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow)
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

On New Years Eve 1979, Blondie performed live for The Old Grey Whistle Test BBC 2 TV Show, at The Apollo in Glasgow. Marking the turn of a new decade performing from December 1979 to January 1980, Blondie wowed their live audience with fan favourites such as "Heart Of Glass", "Hanging On The Telephone" and "Denis".

This CD contains the entire live BBC Radio 1 recordings of the 1979 concert, as well as spectacular live footage of the Glasgow gig on DVD, plus 3 Top Of the Pops performances ("Denis" / "Picture This" / "Sunday Girl").

Please note: The DVD is NTSC Region 0

Product Description

2 x disc set. Complete live performance from The Apollo Theatre in Glasgow on New Year's Eve 1979, plus BONUS DVD of 11 songs from the show as well as eight TV performances from 1978 and 1979!

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
For years fans of the BBC's Top of the Pops and the Old Grey Whistle Test have had to scrabble around trying to find past performances of their favourite artists on these two flagship music shows. For so long they have had to make do with bad You Tube clips or 'best of' DVDs or videos that maybe featured one song from those artists buried amongst, well....a 'bunch of other stuff'. Crumbs from the king's table indeed.

It's therefore with a breath of fresh air that I see this release for one of the most iconic artists of all time. And let's face it, Blondie fans don't exactly have a wealth of riches available to them - that 30th anniversary release of Parallel Lines is shockingly poor. If record companies want to know how an album of such stature should be released, they should look here: Love (Omnibus Edition).

So what do you get on this release? Disc One, the audio disc comprises the complete (?) gig from New Years Eve 1979 at the Glasgow Apollo (see Amazon's track listing above). Of even more interest is the second disc, the DVD. After all, this is Debbie Harry. Tracks 8 to 18 here are from the same Glasgow gig, as shown on the OGWT live at the time, and in various edited forms on minor satellite channels since then. Available on DVD before, it's good to see it re-released here in its fullest available form. Also included is a superb 3-track OGWT session from 1978, never completely released before.

The full rundown on the DVD is:

1. Denis (TotP Feb 1978)
2. Fan Mail (OGWT Mar 1978)
3. (I'm Always Touched By) Presence Dear (OGWT Mar 1978)
4. Detroit 442 (OGWT Mar 1978)
5. Picture This (TotP Aug 1978)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie At Their Very Best 5 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Alright, it could have been so much better but, I've wanted a product like this in my hand for thirty years and finally I have it. On CD Blondie show what an
amazing live band they are, the energy is not unlike a Ramones concert here. We finally get the full unedited
Glasgow Apollo Concert from 31/12/79 that was broadcast live on Radio 1 and BBC2 on TV featuring Debbie Harry at her all time best. Every track bar one from their new album at the time 'Eat To The Beat'
gets the live treatment here. Debbie screams the house down on 'Victor', a rare full length live version
of 'Eat To The Beat', a live cover of the Four Tops 'Seven Rooms Of Gloom', James Brown's 'I Feel Good' gets covered too. To end we hear 'One Way Or Another'
complete with Debbie swearing like a trouper about the dimensions of the Apollo stage. The concert is a joy to finally hear from start to finish. If only the cameras had filmed the full show.

On DVD we finally get Blondie's first five iconic television appearances for the BBC in all their glory.

Denis (Top Of The Pops 23rd February 1978)
The band's debut appearance on BBC's 'Top Of The Pops' with Debbie in that long red shirt and the band looking so young and full of New York cool.
Debbie commands the stage and even directs the cameraman
as she acts like a seasoned pro in their first major UK TV appearance.

Old Grey Whistle Test (7th March 1978)
Blondie perform 3 tracks from their new album 'Plastic Letters'. 'Fan Mail', '(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear' and 'Detroit 442' with Debbie
jumping around in that big beige jumper and thigh high boots to match. Debbie's sweet chit chat inbetween songs is intact.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me and my waltham 4 Oct 2010
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Back on New years eve 1979 I sat in front of the tele with my trusty cassette player in hand recording the old grey whistle test on beeb2(sorry bbc for late breach of copywrite fess up) my eyes glued,my mouth open in awe at the spectacle on the tv the beauty of D H and the sound the boys were producing, ok frankie had a prob with the amp on atomic but that added to the liveness of it all! for years that cassette got played and played in my car cassette player and amazingly to today it still survives! but now it will get a well earned rest And I can be 16 again in glorious dvd and cd quality, If you want to see the lady that paved the way for all the ga ga's that followed then this is the perfect pressie for yourself and to think next year Blondies Panic of Girls studio cd will be out you realise true class never fades away!! it just radiates!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! 4 Jan 2011
By Mart
Format:Audio CD
I don't really need to provide too much detail as that's been done in other reviews of this. What I would like to say is that its really good to be able to see the footage of this great band in the 70s and experience them as they were then.

Sound quality is very good, its a very live recording so naturally imperfect but there's a great energy about the Glasgow gig and its a lot of fun. Video quality is decent for the era as well.

As a fan, enjoyed this a lot and the audio CD gets played quite often. If you're not a fan but interested then its well worth taking a look.

It isn't compressed pop though so to enjoy Blondie 'at its best' some kit which will cover the low frequencies properly would help, especially in the live recordings like this one.

I think, in general releases of gig footage or audio of this type is definately a positive and not just for Blondie. Many people would like to look or listen to older footage and recordings of their favourite bands or relive great gigs of the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great music on film
there is some great footage of various BBC shows here but some footage looks like it was lip-synced ... Read more
Published 6 months ago by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stuff!
Having taped this concert from the radio back in 1979 I have been waiting for a copy of this for years on either CD or DVD and here are both at once!
Published 12 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan
My husband is a very big fan of Blondie, so this was a must for him, & he is very happy!
Published 15 months ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to 1979 every time I hear it
Blondie At The BBC The disc's inside look like a Chrysalis vinyl disc from that period and every time that I play this it takes me back to being 15 again, an excellant item to have... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Simon Borg
4.0 out of 5 stars At last!
As we all know Blondie are well known for a distinct lack of interesting material on any re-issues. With this set they have gone close to hitting a chord with devoted fans. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by David Bentley Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Set But ......
Well if you buy this, its a great set, i've been a Blondie fan since 1978, so seeing Debbie Harry when she was 34 / 35 brings back memories for me. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by D. J. Steers
5.0 out of 5 stars Blonde & Beyond
This is a great little package & is way overdue for its release,Why does it take the beeb so long to catch up with what a gold mine they are sitting on with all the archive musical... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by L. D. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-Blondie-Tastic!
Well, going back to 1979 I was a tad too young to be bitten by the Blondie bug, but, in 1980 when I heard Call Me on the wireless and rushed out to bye the 7" single from Our Price... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by Stinky Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie at their peak
I can't say much more than what the positive reviews have said. It's a fun ride back to New Year's Eve 1979/New Year's 1980 (!), with Blondie riding their wave of success. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by A. Gift For You
5.0 out of 5 stars Time machine trip back to 1980
As a big Blondie fan back in the late 70's (Like most other teenage boys!) who had all the records I could find at the time it was great to get this CD/DVD to actually hear some... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by Mr. Downey
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