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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 (21 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00006W2U3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreaming (2001 - Remaster)
2. Call Me (2002 Digital Remaster)
3. One Way Or Another (2001 Digital Remaster)
4. Heart Of Glass (2002 Digital Remaster)
5. The Tide Is High (2001 Digital Remaster)
6. X Offender (2001 Digital Remaster)
7. Hanging On The Telephone (2001 Digital Remaster)
8. Rip Her To Shreds (2001 Digital Remaster)
9. Rapture (2002 Digital Remaster)
10. Atomic (2001 Digital Remaster)
11. Picture This (2001 Digital Remaster)
12. In The Flesh (24-Bit Remastered 02) (2002 Digital Remaster)
13. Denis (2001 Digital Remaster)
14. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear (2001 Digital Remaster)
15. Union City Blue (2001 Digital Remaster)
16. The Hardest Part (2001 Digital Remaster)
17. Island Of Lost Souls (2001 Digital Remaster)
18. Sunday Girl (24-Bit Remastered 02) (2002 Digital Remaster)
19. Maria

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Blondie formed in the mid 1970s amidst a thriving club scene in New York's East Village. They and their peers The Ramones, Talking Heads and Television got their start in the city's hottest clubs: CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. With a genre-bending style that fused pop, punk and hip-hop, Blondie reached the top of the charts six times with a diverse array of hits: "Heart Of Glass", "Sunday Girl", "Atomic", "Call Me", "The Tide Is High" and "Maria" - all collected here on this fantastic Greatest Hits collection.

BBC Review

Many things were begotten by the New York class of 76 bands: Talking Heads gave us art-rock; the Ramones gave us freedom from anything using more than three chords and lasting more than two and a half minutes; Johnny Thunders gave us a template for Guns 'n' Roses (cheers Johnny) and Television gave us mind-bending guitars and bleating poetry. But what of Blondie? Always with an eye firmly superglued to the prize, they were often reviled for their ability to mould their perfect pop into chart-ravishing hits. Plus, they had a blonde singer with an appeal beyond the geeky new wave set, so they couldn't be taken seriously, could they? Wrong, and wrong again. History has, again proven that these boys (and girl) in skinny ties were one tough, pioneering bunch. Here's the proof.

Superceding previous hits collections due to their reformation (and subsequent #1 with ''Maria''), this collection brings us up to date. Despite the undoubted quality of the recent material, Blondie's place in the pop pantheon was assured by about 1980. How many other bands could fill an entire album with nothing BUT hits (including 7 #1s)? OK, the early singles from the first album (''Rip Her To Shreds'' and ''X Offender'') weren't really hits but check out the quality. It's clear that Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri and co. knew exactly what they were doing from the word go.

You know the score, from the tumbling naivety of ''Denis'', to the widescreen bluster of ''Atomic'' or ''Union City Blue'', they couldn't put a stiletto wrong. There's the proto-rap of ''Rapture'' (bad pun, great single), the disco heaven of ''Heart Of Glass'' and the purest pop of ''Sunday Girl''. In all this chart-worrying action it's also worth remembering that they culled these nuggets from albums that never even approached shabby. Parallel Lines still stands as an artistic whole that's as valid and era-defining as Marquee Moon or Remain In Light.

So, no arguments - Blondie were, in modern parlance, the bomb. Musical chops, sharp suits and a singer whose iconic resonance has yet to fade. Yet again, they're gonna be your number one... --Chris Jones

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By K. Eisenberger on 30 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
As the owner of probably every Blondie collection known to man (and there have been many over the 20 years since "The Best Of Blondie" was released in 1981). This cd is the same cd that was released in the US with a different cover but same contents. This cd features no b-sides or remixes or hidden rare vault stuff or live tracks but only hit singles. This cd features Blondie's 7 number one singles from the US and UK :"Heart Of Glass" (UK and US),"Sunday Girl" (UK),"Atomic"(UK and US dance charts in 1995,"Call Me"(UK and US),"The Tide Is High"(UK and US),"Rapture"(US ) and "Maria" (UK). You also get the classic singles from their first lp of "In The Flesh","X Offender" and "Rip Her To Shreds". From Plastic Letters- "Denis" (#2 in the UK) and "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence,Dear (# 10 in the UK). From Parallel Lines - "Hanging On The Telephone" (#5 in the UK),"Picture This"(#12 in the UK),and "One Way Or Another" (#24 in the US only). From Eat To The Beat the classic "Dreaming"(#2 in the UK and #27 in the US),"Union City Blue" (#13 in the UK) and "The Hardest Part" (#84 in the US).And also included is the last US top 40 single "Island Of Lost Souls"(#37 in the US). All classic songs from one of the most important bands that ever graced the planet Earth. If you think No Doubt or Madonna are an original idea then listen to Debbie and the guys and find out where all this music came from. Deborah Harry is GOD!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "arrene" on 22 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Yes, another Blondie (19-tracks) Greatest Hits compilation and Atomic (the very best of Blondie) is still selling. Why you may ask? First of all this compilation contains Blondie's most recent number one hitsingle: MARIA! Besides that all tracks are re-mastered and sounds as fresh and sparkling like if they were recorded in 2002! They re-mastered the beautiful "Best of Blondie" mixes of In The Flesh, Heart Of Glass, and the Anglo/French version of Sunday Girl. Furthermore the U.S. single killer The Hardest Part is included! Those are not to be found on the Atomic (very best of..)
O.K. one point to go: this compilation does not include Fade Away & Radiate and I'm gonna love you too. But for these songs you can consider to buy Parallel Lines (Blondie's multi-platinum selling studio album)which is completely re-mastered last year!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Blondie’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is absolutely fantastic. This brilliant compilation album provides the perfect portrait of one of the most influential bands of the last 30 years. Every Blondie single is covered here, from the early days (‘X Offender’, ‘Denis’) to the household-name years (‘Hanging On The Telephone’, ‘Atomic’ etc) to the most recent times (‘Maria’). There is not one bad track- all of them are individual masterpieces. Whether it’s a pop song like ‘Denis’, a slow song like ‘In The Flesh’, a disco/dance song like ‘Atomic’ or an all-out rock song like ‘Maria’, the standards of the lyrics and music never, for one second, slip. Nice touches are the remixed or special editions of tracks: an extended version of ‘Heart Of Glass’, a rare promotional edit of ‘Rapture’ with an extra verse, a special mix of ‘In The Flesh’ and a gorgeous ‘franglais’ (half French) mix of ‘Sunday Girl’. If you’re new to Blondie or unconverted, this is the first album you should buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Excellent collection of all the best bits of Blondie. Unlike other collections, this includes material from their recent comeback, in the form of Maria. This collection shows just why the band were so successful - synthesising a whole variety of musical influences into their own unique `punk' sound, they had a style that could not be pigeonholed. Because they were so talented the sound was malleable and adaptable, allowing the band to evolve and change over time, and remain relevant and in touch. This album of greatest hits is a wall to wall collection of inventive music, with no two songs alike. Classic stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By haunted on 3 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Blondie really were huge back in the 70's and 80's when I was but a callow youth. Every single was eagerly awaited and listened to again and again on radio. And of course even if you had no interest in music Debbie Harry was a stunner!
For that reason it's great that listening to this album proves that it wasn't just teenage hormones that attracted me to Blondie. They were a talented and innovative band.

The album is full of short sharp rock classics such as "Call Me", "Hanging on the Telephone"," Union City Blue" and "Sunday Girl", great examples of the brilliant singles the band kept producing in their heyday.
They tended to stray into slightly unusual themes for rock music of the time, such as "Rip Her to Shreds" and the surreal "Rapture", complete with Debbie Harry rapping! In hindsight it's interesting to listen to the slightly risqué lyrics of "The Hardest Part", "Picture This" and "In the Flesh".
"Atomic" is probably my favourite track. "Island of Lost Souls" is a rare low point to prove the band was human after all!
Harry was most definitely more than a pretty face though. She co-wrote thirteen of the nineteen songs in this collection.

All but one of the songs dates from the 1977-1982 period of the band's peak. Also included is the 1998 comeback single "Maria", which wasn't a bad song to come back with after such a long hiatus.
The sleeve notes give an excellent history of the band, highlighting their influence on bands to follow.
Definitely an album that oldies like me can use to prove to the kids that music really was better in our day!
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