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.