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The Platinum Collection Original recording remastered


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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 (31 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Chrysalis/EMI
  • ASIN: B000003JCY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. X Offender
2. In The Flesh
3. Man Overboard
4. Rip Her To Shreds
5. Denis
6. Contact In Red Square
7. Kung Fu Girls
8. I'm On E
9. (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
10. Poets Problem
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Union City Blues
2. The Hardest Part
3. Atomic
4. Die Young Stay Pretty
5. Slow Motion
6. Call Me
7. The Tide Is High
8. Susie & Jeffrey
9. Rapture
10. Walk Like Me
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Although birthed in New York City's CBGB punk scene, Blondie from the beginning knew how to make up in finesse whatever they lacked in power. This extensive two-CD collection includes all the band's essential work--from their early affection for 1960s girl groups ("In the Flesh"), and new wave pop-rock ("Hanging on the Telephone"), to the later turn to discofied rhythms ("Heart of Glass", "Call Me"), reggae ("The Tide is High") and even rap music ("Rapture"). That Blondie could churn out incredibly catchy radio-ready hits that defined the late-70s and early 80s without sacrificing their artistic credibility is a true testament to their blazing talent. Their rhythm section is incredibly tight, their mix of keyboards and guitar is always just right. Several remixes and an unreleased cut are added as bonuses. But the real treat is just having all these great tracks backed up next to one another. --Rob O'Connor

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
This 2-disc set is one of the most thorough Blondie compilations available. Emerging on the New York punk scene in the mid 1970s, Blondie made pop respectable again by giving it a sharp punk edge, at least initially. They created a string of classic singles as well as some very excellent albums like Plastic Letters and Parallel Lines that included superb tracks not released as singles.

A wide variety of styles are represented here, so not every track will appeal to everyone. My personal faves include the romantic and catchy Denis, the hypnotic album track I'm On E, the stirring ballad I'm Always Touched By (Your Presence Dear), the wistful poppy Picture This, the long album track Fade Away And Radiate, the bouncy I'm Gonna Love You Too, the electronic tour de force and disco classic Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl which is classic and classy pop, and the reggae number The Tide Is High.

I don't very much like Hanging On The Telephone although it was a big hit, whilst Call Me, another huge chart-topper, is lacking in the melody department. Rapture is a rather tepid nod to the Rap genre. Others are interesting like the ballad Union City Blue and the synth-driven Atomic. This collection is a must for fans and a great introduction to one of the most original and productive bands of the 1970s and early 1980s. There is much interesting information on Blondie in From the Velvets to the Voidoids by Clinton Heylin, a book I highly recommend for the musical history of the times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
This two-CD collection provides an excellent overview of Blondie's career. All the hits are included, as well as the best-loved album tracks. For Blondie fanatics, there's a special treat in the form of several previously unreleased early versions of songs recorded in 1975. These include Out In The Streets, which eventually appeared on Blondie's 1998 comeback album Last Exit, and Once I Had A Love, which turned into the massive hit Heart of Glass. Fascinating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "arrene" on 21 Sep 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you love Blondie and want more than the hits only and you don't have the budget to buy all of their albums this double cd is definitely the best buy for you. It contains 20 worldwide singles and 27 fantasic Blondie tracks from various Blondie albums!
Even for a die hard fan (who usually owns every Blondie album)
this is a must have because of the nowhere else to be found "Puorto Rico" and the great packaging!
Get it ! before Debbie's gonna getcha ! (One way or another)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
". . . a total portrait, with no omission . . ." 18 Oct 2003
By "vortex87" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
. . . And unfortunately, that's not quite what you get here. Although there is a lot of good stuff.
So let's go through that first. This - unlike either of the one-disk "best-ofs" - goes through the Blondie repertopire in chronological order, so we see their beginnings as part of the CBGB's crowd, but with a '60 flair (BLONDIE - "X-Offender," "Rip Her to Shreds," "Kung Fu Girls," "In the Flesh"; PLASTIC LETTERS - "Contact in Red Square," "I'm on E") evolve into more pop-ish leanings (also PLASTIC LETTERS - "Denis," "[I'm always touched by your] Presence, Dear") then into full-on new wave/power pop chart-toppers (all the songs here from PARALLEL LINES, EAT TO THE BEAT), and into stylistic expansions and more success (AUTOAMERICAN - "The Tide is High," "Rapture") before their decline in 1982 (although three of the four songs from THE HUNTER are okay, just one listen to "Little Caesar" tells you this). The b-side only "Poets Problem" (great) and "Suzy and Jeffrey" (surreal, but funny - a very Shangri-la-esque tale of two doomed engaged lovers, complete with car-crash sound effects!) are also here in their context. The accompanying booklet is terrific, with a single/album discography, many pictures - including album and U.S./British/overseas single covers - and very insightful song commentary from all the band members, except Chris Stein and Debbie Harry (alas).
What's bad? Well, for one thing, several of the songs are shortened (originals on left, PLATINUM on right):

*"Rapture" 5:36 -> 4:57 (no third sung verse, much shorter guitar solo)
*"The Tide is High" c. 4:50 -> 4:20
*"Island of Lost Souls" c. 4:10 -> 3:50
*"Atomic" 4:40 -> 3:50 (no bass solo - which is mentioned in the song commentary!)
*"Heart of Glass" 5:50 -> 4:10 (of course, the one here _was_ the album version in the U.S. 'till the 2001 rerelease, or if you had the 1978 LP [or BLONDE AND BEYOND]; the version on THE BEST OF BLONDIE [now BLONDIE: GREATEST HITS] is 4:33. Although, the PLATINUM version isn't as short as the version I usually hear on the radio, which can't go past 3:40.)
Chrysalis did a similar thing to a double CD Pat Benatar collection also released in 1994. Also, we don't have the "franglais" version of "Sunday Girl" (damn). For another thing, the 1975 demos (which are good, especially [IMHO] "Out in the Streets," "Platinum Blonde," and "Once I Had A Love" - and they're demos, so don't expect that much of them in terms of glossy production - although the first 3 sound much better than they do on the BLONDIE 2001 version; you also can't get "Puerto Rico" anywhere else, even if it should have been on BLONDIE 2001) could have been put first, as they go before BLONDIE. (This is important when it comes to "Once I Had a Love"'s morph into "Heart of Glass.")
However, if your favorites aren't here, blame the people who decided what went on what single in the first place - for instance, almost all of PARALLEL LINES is here (11 out of 12), and the one left off is "Pretty Baby," (damn!) which could have been the b-side to the UK "Heart of Glass" 7" instead of "Rifle Range" (from BLONDIE!!!!), and "Little Caesar" and "Dragonfly" from THE HUNTER could have been dropped for "English Boys" and "Danceway," "Victor" or "Shayla" or "Eat to the Beat" for "Sound-A-Sleep," . . . etc. (More from PLASTIC LETTERS - like "Fan Mail," "Love at the Pier," "Bermuda Triangle Blues" - could have been included instead of the two lousy remixes.)
The only missing song that really should be here is "In the Sun," one of the best from BLONDIE and the b-side of the very first single Blondie cut, with Private Stock in May 1976. Conveniently, that single isn't on the discography (which starts with a UK release of "In the Flesh" in March 1977).
Of course, if you've never really "gotten into" Blondie, but want to, this isn't a bad place to start. (Hey, it worked for me!)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
BLONDIE: The Platinum Collection 2 Oct 1999
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Format: Audio CD
On a whim (and a shortage of money keeping me from purchasing something I truly desired at the time) I purchased "Blondie: The Platinum Collection" simply because the store had nothing else, and I really liked "Heart Of Glass". One year later, I'm still discovering new songs I love out of this extensive 47 song set. This collection places all of Blondie's 45rpm 7" records (A and B sides) on two compact discs along with 5 1975 demo's that give insight into their early sound, including the first run-through of what would become "Heart Of Glass" called "Once I Had A Love". Packed with a thick color booklet with an essay about the group, exclusive comments on each track by some of the bandmates, photo's dujor (including worldwide single and lp covers) and a majorly cool cover, this is one CD every collection should own. Standout tracks are: "Man Overboard", "Poets Problem", "Fade Away And Radiate", "HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE", "Dreaming", "Union City Blue", "Call Me", "Walk Like Me", "War Child", "Rapture" and of course, "Heart Of Glass". The 2 bonus remixes on the end that preview remixes released a year after this collection on "Remixed Remade Remodeled" are equally incredible. You may want to invest in that cd as well (btw-the aforementioned remix album is also available in the UK in a new package with quite a few different mixes...it's called "Beautiful"...check it out!)
MATT STOUT October 1, 1999
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best collection money can buy! 20 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was originally given this double CD for my 20th birthday, it's one of the best presents I've ever recieved. It's probably the only CD I could listen too, no matter what mood I find myself in. Dehorah Harry and Chris Stein make a wonderful team, in addition to the other members of this band. Their music blends 80's fun with 50's sweet nostalgia at times, then turns fast and crazed with punk, then when you least expect it, we have disco! They were definitely a group that stayed a step ahead of the others. Heart of Glass is TIMELESS as well as Call Me, The Tide Is High, Atomic and many others found on the Plantinum Collection. It is a must for every man and woman :) I for one will never tire of the music and lyrics found on this collection. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! 6,7,8,9,10 Stars! You will not be dissappointed, guaranteed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
what about their later stuff? 20 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this is a good album that just misses getting 5 stars because of its disproportionate emphasis on Blondie's early career - there's only 3 tracks here from AutoAmerican! Too many tedious demos and a couple of throwaway remixes at the end make Blondie sound disposable. However, if you're not going to buy their individual albums The Platinum Collection is the way to go.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pretty much everything 8 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You can't go wrong with this. It traces Blondie's career from the early albums through their pre-reunion break-up. The sound quality is excellent. There are some duds, but pretty much everything worth having is here. The only notable omission for me was "Accidents Never Happen," for which you'll have to buy the "Eat to the Beat" album. When Blondie was at their best, which was often, they were a unique fusion of Rock, New Wave, Disco and Bubble Gum -- great lyrics, bouncy tunes, and Deborah Harry's incomparable voice.
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