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Eat to the Beat [Original recording reissued, Import]

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 (28 Sep 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Emi
  • ASIN: B000006T0D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreaming
2. The Hardest Part
3. Union City Blue
4. Shayla
5. Eat To The Beat
6. Accidents Never Happen
7. Die Young Stay Pretty
8. Slow Motion
9. Atomic
10. Sound-A-Sleep
11. Victor
12. Living In The Real World

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Though even the members of Blondie would probably agree that Eat To The Beat is a patchy affair--largely thanks to the first unpleasant harbingers of a regrettable fascination with reggae that would eventually culminate in the calamitous "Island Of Lost Souls" single--it has a couple of important selling points. These are--no, really--the greatest pop single ever recorded ("Dreaming") and another ("Union City Blue") which should figure in at least the Top Ten of anyone with functioning frontal lobes. "Dreaming" is not just the track that Blondie should be most remembered for, it is the song that should be played to any three-headed visitors in silver suits from the planet Tharg as the definitive representation of this pop music thing that we Earthlings spend so much of our time and money on. It has everything, plus tax: not one implausibly great chorus, but two; an opening couplet that rhymes "restaurant" with "debutante"; an irresistibly simple hook, carried by guitars and keyboards; and Clem Burke contributing what pretty much amounts to a frenetic drum solo that, somehow or other, seems to fit the song perfectly. "Dreaming" also lasts exactly three minutes, leading one to suspect that Blondie knew perfection of the form when they'd created it. There are some other songs on Eat To The Beat, and some of them--especially "Union City Blue"--are really rather good. But seeing as how "Dreaming" is the opening track, it may be some time before you get around to listening to them. --Andrew Mueller

BBC Review

By 1979 Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and co. had realised their true potential. Forsaking pure rock for more diverse palette, Blondie's plan of attack now involved willfully grabbing at any passing style (as long as it could be termed 'pop') and making it their own. In this Eat To The Beat emulated and expanded on the platinum-selling Parallel Lines' formula.

Behind all this was, again, the genius (and superhuman levels of attention to detail, spending hours listening to playbacks at eardrum bursting volume) of bubblegum producer, Mike Chapman. He may have recognised in Blondie the ability to be moulded like the Sweet, Mud and all his other RAK creations at the beginning of the 70s, yet the band was equally responsible for this chart assault - writing the material that fitted Chapman's vision. One look at the credits shows exactly how democratic a place Blondie was to be as a band member. Everyone gets a mention at some point.

Maybe this accounts for the stylistic ragbag that emerges. Eat To The Beat still bears the traces of the art punk roots that had given birth to them back in their CBGB's days in New York (on the title track, the manic Accidents Never Happen and Living In The Real World); but at times the album reads like a veritable history of chart styles: Here was their first proper foray into reggae with Die Young Stay Pretty, the Duane Eddy-at-the-disco grandeur of Atomic, the skittering, Spectorish pure pop of Dreaming and Union City Blue and the Motown stomp of Slow Motion. Sound-A-Sleep goes even further back into the kind of 50s dream pop that might feature in a David Lynch film. Americans, still hamstrung by the double-edged values of the late 60s, were always suspicious that a band first marketed as 'new wave' could be so mercenary and saw it as ersatz 'selling out', giving the album a lukewarm reception. Meanwhile in Europe their ability to soundtrack every great disco, wedding and barmitzvah was rightly valued. In the end, pop is pop and Blondie, at this point, were making the timeless variety that still sounds box fresh today. --Chris Jones

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Platinum Blondie 28 Sep 2001
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Format:Audio CD
The outstanding feature of Eat To The Beat is the immaculate drumming of Clem Burke which makes this album rock like no other Blondie record. The three singles Dreaming, Union City Blue and Atomic are familiar to everyone. But any of the songs here could just as easily have been worldwide hits - the beautiful Shayla, the catchy pop of Slow Motion and sweeping rock of Accidents Never Happen wouldn't be out of place on any Best of Blondie compilation. There are also several classic Blondie new wave thrashes, the best of which are Living In The Real World and the title track. The only hint at what was to come is the cod reggae of Die Young Stay Pretty. Blondie were never this good again, but then neither was anyone else.
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Eat To The Beat is the most loved Blondie album among many Blondie fans. Eat To The Beat was the follow up of their millions sold Parallel Lines album. The Parallel Lines singles: Heart Of Glass and Sunday Girl had topped the british charts and then Blondie continued their hits with the #2(UK) single Dreaming and the UK #1 Atomic two real BLONDIE CLASSICS featured on Eat To The Beat. Two more singles where drawn from Eat To The Beat: UK single Union City Blue and the US single The Hardest Part. Furthermore on this album: Slow Motion which easily could have been the fifth major hit on Eat To The Beat, if it wasn't for Call Me (a non album single which was released right after Atomic)hitted the number one spot in the USA and UK. Shayla a beautiful ballad! The reggea tinted Die Young Stay Pretty is Blondie's first attempt in reggea which is georgeous by the way! The title track Eat To The Beat is a country rock song. Accidents Never Happen is a very haunting song which brings you to a fancy meeting in a smaller world! The last two songs on the album: Victor and Living In The Real World are pure punk/new wave, great !!! The only weak track is to my opinion the lullaby Sound-A-Sleep. The bonus tracks are very ok too !! featuring the Johny Cash cover Ring Of Fire and the David Bowie's cover Heroes both performed live as a bonus on Eat To The Beat !! AN AWESOME ALBUM !!! IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT ALREADY: BUY IT !!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eat To The Beat - An Urban Rock Classic 27 Jun 2002
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From the minute I heard the first single from this album - which was called "Dreaming" I knew that this album was going to pack a lot more punch than its predecessor "Parallel Lines". Strongest songs on here include the much underrated "Union City Blue", "Slow Motion" which implies itself as Sixties orientated with Phil Spector suggested melodies and lyrics, the title track which would have made a cracking single, the brilliant new wave disco of Atomic I believe was written about a race horse, and the most harrowing track on the album, "Victor" about a fugitive who leaves Debbie Harry devastated and screaming about her impending desolation. The chorus is of course sung well by Debbie, but the song "Victor" carries the group's own brand of pathos into a new direction. It almost goes hand in hand with "Atomic" and its strident nuclear dreams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debbie & the Guys turn Pro! 29 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was the Mike Chapman produced sound of Blondie - the time they graduated to the Pro Tour! Gone was the Farfisa sound of Blondie the album & the rock of Plastic Letters disappeared as did the mainstream of Parallel Lines. This eclectic mix of hard rock (Victor), Reggae (Die Young), Motown (Slow Motion), Lullaby (Sound Asleep), Ballad (Shayla) along with the more expected Blondie fare such as Dreaming, Atomic, Union City etc provided a glimpse of the band as they had matured & set a new standard for the group in terms of production values. A great album, different from the Blondie of old, slicker, more advanced, different from the embryo that first expected their music to "end up in Woolies", but still with the same lust for the music & a fantastic finale to their rock days before they succumbed to the funk fad with Autoamerican (which I still liked I hasten to add!) - Quick piece of Blondie trivia - they were going to release Slow Motion as a single, but when Ultravox released a song with the same name, Blondie thought it would be a bad idea, so they let rip with Atomic instead ... the rest is history!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie for Dinner 26 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Eat to the Beat, is such a power pop album, it amazes me it didn't sell as well as "Parallel Lines". Although the album was a British #1 in 1979. Eat to the Beat is a strong album of Lyrical content and some of the best music scores ever put to Vinyl. Tracks like "Dreaming", "Atomic" and "Shayla" are simply outstanding rock classics. There was 4 single releases off "Eat to the Beat" in 1979-80. "Atomic" #1UK, "Union City Blue" #12 UK, "Dreaming" #2 UK and "The Hardest Part" #84 US. The album was made into a full length video in 1979, the first artist ever to do this. Blondie was most definately an Innovative and Original band. Deborah Harry's vocals on "Dreaming" and "Atomic" are sexy and simply brilliant. Deborah seems vulnerable and child like on songs like "Shayla" and "Union City Blue". Stand out tracks are definately "Atomic", "Dreaming", "Shayla" and the incredible funky "The Hardest Part". Without a doubt, this is a consumers buy, full of hits and great album tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot raunchier than Heart of Glass and it may ...
A lot raunchier than Heart of Glass and it may have suffered for it but it did mark a little bit of a return to Blondie's rock'n'roll roots while effortlessly blending in their... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
is great, a real blast from the past!!
Published 28 days ago by lee parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yep
Published 1 month ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars A great blast from the past
I had this album on cassette but never got round to buying the CD. 'Dreaming' and 'Atomic' are great but so are many of the other tracks that don't appear on the greatest hits... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite Blondie album
From the stunning first single, through to Atomic and Union City Blues, three of my favourite Blondie singles. The whole album is amazing and easily on par with Parallel Lines. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. M. R. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Correct Cover, incorrect Disc enclosed!
I ordered "Eat To The Beat" Eat To The Beat cover but the CD inside is the first Blondie album! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Timbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Good album. Always in the shade of parallel lines but really good. Lives tracks bit boring for me personally, but always interesting chronicle of the time period.
Published 14 months ago by BassMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Order out of chaos
The original albums had no sleeve notes so it was all down to whatever you read in the music press.Here in this updated version with extra tracks is a note by the producer which... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie 'Eat to the Beat'
The CD arrived on time and un-damaged. Blondie is and always will be my favourite pop band. I started listening to them in 1978 when I was at school! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lord Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I loved this album when I originally bought it in vynyl many years ago and I still love it today, there are not many albums that I can say that about.
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