55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2002
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!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2002
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!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2003
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
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!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2003
Blondie's Greatest hit's is just about the best that any artist can offer. From Punk to Funk to Techno Rock to Pop, Blondie has put it all here for you, no less than a dozen plus hits. Blondie were the #1 Selling band on the planet from 1978-1981, giving us ground breaking rock, including "Heart of Glass, Rapture and Atomic". They were also the first artist to release a Video Album for their 1979 album "Eat to the Beat". Blondie also gave Hip Hop the break it needed, when "Rapture" was the first ever #1 Rap song, as was "The Tide is High" the first #1 Reggae song that millions around the world ever heard.
Quick break down on several stand out tracks:
Dreaming: Probally Blondie's best written song, an absolutely wonderful rock classic.
Call Me: One of the biggest songs ever charted, great Techno Rock, with delicious lyrics. The song that defined the 1980's.
One way or another: The great punk stalker track, hard driving beat.
Heart of Glass: The Techno Rock Disco song that sold millions of copies and made Blondie the Super Group they are still today.
Rapture: Ground Breaking, lyrics are great fun and the music score is just awesome, a really super cool song.
Atomic: The most sensual song ever to chart, just hypnotizing lyrics. Deborah Harry is the God of Rock.
Denis: Pure Bilingual magic, Deborah Harry is just fantastic!
Sunday Girl: Sweet, just like Ice Cream.
Maria: The #1 comeback Smash. It had New Wave 1979 written all over it, but surprise it was 1999. Incredible comeback song.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Riding high on the hits, Blonde's 'greatest hits' is just that - all of the songs that you know and want.
There are 19 digitally remastered hits, and no filler, meaning that won't find any pale in comparison album 'highlights'. Nor do you have any unreleased rarities, B sides or live recordings. I'm sure that there are collections out there which offer all of this, but what you get there are the famous tracks only, which makes it ideal for the casusal fan, of which I count myself as one of them.
It's great to hear quality after quality track on one CD, the earliest from 1976 and the most recent being in 1999. My personal favourites include 'Sunday Girl', 'Atomic', 'The Tide Is High', 'One Way Or Another' and 'Maria', all of which are here in this career spanning compilation. When listening to the CD in full, only then do you realise what a diverse collection of singles Blondie have had.
If you love Blondie and the irresistible voice of the sexy Deborah Harry - you can't go wrong with this set.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was away at an 80's weekend a little while ago and one of the acts was the "Bootleg Blondie" (check them out - they are very good) and I remembered just how much I liked this music, but wasn't really prepared to admin in my younger days.
This has all the tracks you loved off Parallel Lines, as well as a good few extra.
Buying the CD from Amazon meant that I could also, immediately, download the MP3, so opting for free delivery wasn't a problem (in fact I haven't bothered to take the physical CD out of its wrapping as the MP3 is already on the 'phone and in the car now).
So, in summary, great memories and you can have them immediately without waiting for the postman to arrive :-)
Recommended to bring back your "younger days"
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is the best Blondie hits compilation by far; the hits are however not arranged chronologically which makes it impossible to chart the development of the sound. But that doesn't matter - this collection demonstrates the band's versatility - compare their early punk-pop Rip Her To Shreds or X Offender with the hypnotic synthpop-disco of Heart Of Glass or Atomic! My favourites include the wistful I'm Always Touched and the bilingual Denis (a classic slice of sixties pop), as well as Tide Is High with its percolating reggae rhythm, plus Sunday Girl (more lovely 60's pop). In my opinion, their best albums are Parallel Lines and Plastic Letters, and these are well represented with 6 of these gorgeous 19 tracks. I wouldn't call this a "Best Of" since there are some album tracks that I like more than some of these hit songs. These include Fan Mail and Bermuda Triangle Blues from Plastic Letters and Fade Away And Radiate from Parallel Lines. But this was never intended to be anything else but a greatest hits collection and serves its purpose very well. It just goes to show that classy pop music is timeless, and Blondie always had that special something, whatever the style they chose to do it in.
on 20 June 2013
It's hard to imagine now just how big Blondie were in their late 70s and early 80s heyday though 5 UK number 1 singles over this period tells its own story. It's less difficult to understand why they were so popular though - punky enough for the youth whilst being suitably commercial and poppy for the mainstream as well as having the charismatic Debbie Harry as lead singer.
Blondie were also always a band with one ear open to contemporary trends. Easily the most poppy of the majors acts performing at the legendary CBGBs, they made successful forays into disco (Heart Of Glass, Call Me), ska (The Tide Is High) and rap (Rapture) while still retaining something of an art school edge. Prior to these diversions, they specialised in a mixture of 60s girl group cool and new wave as classic singles Picture This, Sunday Girl and Dreaming testify.
Greatest Hits does exactly what it says on the tin with virtually every track a major hit in the UK or US and no omissions right up to the inclusion of catchy 1999 comeback hit Maria. It shows what a classic singles act Blondie were with a collection of memorable melodies though the band lacked a distinctive musician whose playing would frequently take the material to another level like James Honeyman-Scott(Pretenders) or Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) from the same era.
What Blondie maybe lacked in individual virtuosity however, they more than made up for with classic songs and arrangements, a striking image and willingness to listen to and adapt current trends into their music. Greatest Hits is a faultless one CD overview and is strongly recommended.