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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00000DQMC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite Blondie album's although ever since its release it seems to have attracted mixed reviews. Mike Chapman had yet to get his hands on the group so there is a 'rawness' here that was replaced by slick production come Parallel Lines.
The best track here has to be (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear - by the very talented Gary Valentine - he also wrote the great bonus track 'Scenery' - which didn't make the original recording due to Debbie's 'weak' (according to Mr Valentine) vocal. I kinda like the way she sings it though!
I love 'I didn't have the nerve to say no' - it's up there with 'Kung Fu Girls' for energy. Speaking of which - 'I'm On E' refers to Empty - energy wise, and is a great track. 'Youth Nabbed As Sniper' and 'Fan Mail' are both great tunes and of course 'Detroit 442' is always a popular choice. Their cover of 'Denis' remains as fresh as the day it was recorded whilst 'Contact In Red Square' reminds us this was an album recorded in the 70's.
I would recommend this album to any Blondie newcomer and advise them to buy 'Blondie' at the same time!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1978, Blondie's second album is rawer and rougher
around the edges than the also excellent debut. It has a
darker The Doors/The Velvet Underground/The Stooges influence.
There are some lighter songs, however, in the UK No 2 hit
"Denis" and Debbie's hilarious solo composition "Love At The
Pier".
Keyboard player Jimmy Destri's "Fan Mail" opens the album.
Delivered from a fan's point of view, it ends in wedding bells
and an anguished cry. His other songs on the album include
the one night stand "No Imagination", the rockabilly "Kidnapper"
and the Chris Stein co-penned "Detroit 442", a tribute to
working class Detroit and Iggy Pop ("Jimmy O").
Guitarist Chris's contributions include "Bermuda Triangle Blues"
and "Youth Nabbed As Sniper" (the latter based on the then current
Son Of Sam killings in New York and reminiscent of Jim Morrison's
"The Lords" poetry.) "Cautious Lip" a Ronnie Toast (a poet
friend of the band)/Chris Stein psychadelic/Velvets number
closes the album.
Clem Burke's drumming is frequently impeccable and always
exciting throughout the album and Debbie gives great growl
and sass throughout. This was the album that started to
get Blondie some attention and success in the UK and as
their punkiest album it deserves to be heard by anyone who
enjoys the current punk style of The Strokes and The Hives.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Less polished than the megaselling Parallel Lines, this 1977 album nevertheless perfectly encapsulates the pop side of New York punk in its catchy pop-rock tunes. Besides the hits Denis and (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear, other great songs include Fan Mail, the wistful Bermuda Triangle Blues and I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No. The song I'm On E now sounds strangely prophetic although I think they were referring to the vitamin. The marriage of sometimes witty, always intelligent lyrics and clever melodies make a classic album that has aged very well. The bonus tracks add value so this is definitely a great buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
Denis and Presence Dear the two British top 10 hits and major hits all over Europe are well known. The rest on Plastic Letters is new wave at it's best !!! However the delicious Bermuda Triangle Blues(Flight 45) is a georgeous ballad,mmmhh I love that song. On the bonus tracks Scenery and Poets Problem are featured, those songs are so good that I never understood why they weren't released on the original album. Plastic Letters was the first album I ever bought and it's one of my favourite !!! If you're new to Blondie and love the heavier stuff then buy Plastic Letters it won't dissapoint you !!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 19 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Plastic Letters," Blondie's second album, released in October 1977, was pretty much in a similar vein to their self-titled debut album. The cynical attitude is there in the songs and the production values are fine (Richard Gottehrer was the producer on both albums), but the album just sounds for the most part like these were the songs Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri, and Deborah Harry had left over when they did the first album. The exceptions that prove the rule this time around would be "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear," which is one of my favorite Blondie tunes (and which was covered in the U.K. by Tracey Ullman). Unfortunately that song was written by Gary Valentine, who left as the group's bass player at this point in Blondie's early history. Otherwise you have punk/new wave attitude in songs like "Youth Nabbed As Sniper," "I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No," "Love at the Pier," and "Fan Mail." "Bermuda Triangle Blues" is probably the best of the rest, but it depends on your taste.
Given what would happen with the next couple of Blondie albums when the group became a sextet and sharpened it sound, these first two albums clearly represent the band in its rawest form. "Plastic Letters" only reached #72 on the Billboard album charts and there were no singles released in the U.S. The U.K. saw "Presence, Dear" and "Denis" (which was a transgender cover of Randy and the Rainbows' 1963 hit "Denise") both make it to the Top 10. Since you already have the best song on the "Best of Blondie" hits collection, if you feel the need to pick up all of the group's albums, then pick up the remastered version of "Plastic Letters" with the bonus tracks.
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