Most Of All - The Best Of Deborah Harry
 
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Most Of All - The Best Of Deborah Harry

3 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Oct 1999
  • Release Date: 4 Oct 1999
  • Label: Mixed Repertoire
  • Copyright: 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:15:03
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  • ASIN: B001JQOSM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,627 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Tillsley on 13 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunatly Debbie never reached the same dizzying heights with her solo career as she did with Blondie. This I think is a real shame because depending on what i'm in the mood for, I sometimes find myself prefering to listen to her solo work.
'Most of all the best of' is the best and most comprehensive collection of Debbies solo efforts that I have found and contains some very good tracks.
The only two that are particularly well known are 'French Kissing in the USA' and 'I want That Man', which was again made popular when it was remixed recently. Both of these are great dance tracks and good to sing along to but are by no means the only good songs off of the album. 'Backfired' and 'The Jam Was Moving' both done while she was still in Blondie, are extremly funky tunes and the excellent 'Free to Fall' is one of my favourite power ballads. The strange collaboration with Iggy Pop, 'Well Did You Evah' is also great and the delightful 'Strike Me Pink' is worth listening to for the intro alone.
To be fair the entire album does not reach this high standard, especially if you compare it to a Blondie best of/greatest hits, but there are certainly no bad songs on it, even if there are a few weaker ones.
I think the album would have been stronger if it included a few more tracks that are perhaps just as well known as some that were included. Examples of these might be the moody 'Now I Know You Know' and the inspirational 'End of the Run'. However 'Most of All' is a very strong album that would appeal to long time Blondie fans as well as general fans of 80's music. Debbie Harry is deffinatly the "queen of the USA"!
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She's a bona fide star many have tried to emulate, she looked killer but could sing killer too, write and be one of the blokes too, what with having to hang around in a group with them for so long. Once Blondie kicked it, after their rather disastrous coffin-nailing album, she forged ahead with the path she wanted to tread, in reality she was always something of a rebel, happy to do things her way when she had the chance, and despite her star wattage, was never granted the easy kind of leeway the 90s female movement enjoyed in the studio, where freedom these days is given left, right, centre, up down, front and backwards to know useful effect for the public with taste at all. Blondie were massive almost everywhere, but not, ironically in the US, so while Deb's single career was never able to attest the heights as easily as the Blondie name did, she nonetheless managed to place four solo albums in The UK Top 40 between 1981 and 1993. The only two singles from her first solo album in 1981 (actually the year before Blondie gave out their last album before a seventeen year split) are here-'Backfired' is brilliant attitude-filled expose of the sort of sleazy creep the music and film biz must be awash with (the Grace Jones album track 'Hollywood Liar' from her best album 1986's "Inside Story" seems to bawl out another. 'Backfired' is a svelte dance and funk-filled track, with excellent vocal range, whereupon she plays with flirty, angry, bored and humoured by the idiot concerned, and is one of her best songs, and easily stand up to the Blondie stuff. 'The Jam Was Moving' has its own merits, a rowdy zombie-march to the power of song.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on 8 July 2010
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It is true that Deborah Harry's post Blondie recording career, like their final album, `The Hunter', has been a little uneven - though it has always been nothing short of interesting. This `Best of' compilation, from the years before Chrysalis Records unceremoniously dumped her, does her no services. Apart from misrepresenting the 12 years between 1981's `Koo Koo' and 1993's `Debravation' with nothing but middle of the road tracks and dance tunes, it leaves out important rarities that real fans would be hoping for.

There is no sign of her excellent version of `Liar Liar' from the movie, `Married to the Mob', nor her version of `Summertime Blues' from the film, `That Night', of `Prelude to a Kiss' from the film of the same name, or any of the numerous side projects she did with other artists. It would even have been nice to find the version of `Brite Side' that ran over the closing credits of the TV show, `Wiseguy', when she was in it - instead of the album version from 1989's `Def Dumb and Blonde' - but, alas...

That aside, the real problem is that the list of songs featured on this disc are all `safe' insights into her career that in no way reflect the eclectic mix of music that makes up most of her solo recordings - and indeed, the new music from Blondie.
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