Although Blondie's self-titled debut LP is probably my least-played album of theirs, I love it as much as any of the others and I am glad I own a copy.
On it's first release in 1977 people called it 'the epitomy of new wave punk -rock' but to be honest this is the most poppy of all Blondie's albums. There are plenty of 60s influenced tunes, but with that unique Blondie style. The album includes three singles: soft ballad 'In The Flesh', dark pop song 'X Offender', and the truly vicious slice of punkiness, 'Rip Her To Shreds'.
The 2001 reissue contains a generous 5 bonus tracks: 3 of the original demos for 'Instant Records', and the two original 'Private Stock' singles- alternative versions of both 'X Offender' and standout album track 'In The Sun'.
In it's ingenuity, 'Blondie' lacks the super-tight arrangements of 1978's 'Parallel Lines', but this doesn't spoil the quality of the songs and the lyrics are a sharp and ironic as any of the band's later work. Overall, this is a real 'fun' album, extremely entertaining from start to finish and sadly often overlooked or forgotten in favour of the later albums, when Blondie were a household name. Every real fan should own this album, but to the unconverted and the newbies: if you want classic Blondie, go for 'Parallel Lines' or possibly 'Eat To The Beat'.