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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
Disc one has all the hits, except for the original versions of "In the Flesh" and "Good Boys", which I think was a mistake. The originals are far better than the remixes.(For any Blondie fan, the new "In the Flesh" is worth it since it sounds completely different, its basically a new song) Fortunately the original versions are included in Disc 2:The Videos. There is also...
Published on 25 Nov 2005 by mat davenport

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio CD remixed and abridged; DVD of more interest
If you want a Blondie greatest hits record to collect the classic tracks in one place *as you remember them from back in the day*, steer well clear of this record: The remasterer has been at work, and most, if not all, tracks have pretty clearly been remixed as well as remastered, not to mention shortened. While newer listeners may like the updated sound (in some ways...
Published on 20 Dec 2009 by Olly Buxton


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect, 25 Nov 2005
This review is from: Blondie Greatest Hits: Sight & Sound [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
Disc one has all the hits, except for the original versions of "In the Flesh" and "Good Boys", which I think was a mistake. The originals are far better than the remixes.(For any Blondie fan, the new "In the Flesh" is worth it since it sounds completely different, its basically a new song) Fortunately the original versions are included in Disc 2:The Videos. There is also a great mash-up(I usually hate them but his one works well) of "Rapture" and The Doors "Riders on the Storm". Disc 2 has all the Hit Videos, but the entire Eat to the Beat videos could have been included as a bonus.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth It For DVD, 20 Dec 2007
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The CD is disappointing with awful remixes of In The Flesh and Good Boys, but the DVD more than makes up for it. It's the Best Of Blondie plus 3 new tracks but without the annoying taxi driver bits, so you actually get to see the complete videos.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yeah but no but, 14 Mar 2006
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It's the best of Blondie, remastered, sounding great. The DVD allows middle-aged men to lust after Debbie Harry once again. But there's no love here. No sleeve notes, no lyric sheet, just a discography in the thin booklet. There's a new version of 'In the Flesh' which may be of interest to some and a disappointment to others who realise it's not as good as the original. And the final moments of the CD are completely ruined by the baffling decision to include a terrible remix of 'Good Boys' when the original is one of the best things they've done since their reunion and would have been incredibly welcome here as testament to their continued class. Then, to add insult to injury, it's rounded off by a disastrous mash-up of 'Rapture' and the Doors' 'Riders on the Storm'. Just what nobody ever wanted. What comes before is, of course, pure pop perfection that deserves to be packaged better. However, the inclusion of the DVD makes this the compilation to go for.

Goodness knows the record company doesn't deserve these four stars, but the (original) music deserves more...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio CD remixed and abridged; DVD of more interest, 20 Dec 2009
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If you want a Blondie greatest hits record to collect the classic tracks in one place *as you remember them from back in the day*, steer well clear of this record: The remasterer has been at work, and most, if not all, tracks have pretty clearly been remixed as well as remastered, not to mention shortened. While newer listeners may like the updated sound (in some ways it's a sympathetic update - mostly just a little more bass and drums, and it's fairly subtle - but not so subtle that you can't notice it!) many of us older buzzards will feign righteous indignation that anyone could have dared to meddle with such pop perfection. This is DEBBIE HARRY for crying out loud. Is nothing sacred?

A much better bet for those old timers would be The Best Of Blondie, which was released about 1984, and contains most of the essential tracks, as recorded and (mostly) unedited.

What this collection *does* offer old timers is two things: Firstly, a good quality recording of "Rapture Riders", the mash-up of Blondie's Rapture and the Doors' Riders on the Storm. Purists hate it, but I think it's pretty cool.

Secondly, the original videos. Now Debbie Harry in the late 70s and early 80s was like nothing else on the planet for a boy my age, and to see it on a good sized plasma now, while dated, still sends a shiver down the spine (notably the early ones - Debbie's gorgeous backlighting in Picture This and Heart of Glass deserve a special mention). But, candidly, many of the other videos are of historical interest only: Blondie fizzled out just before the MTV generation hit it off, so televisually slick this is not: while we should indeed think ourselves lucky that there even are contemporaneous videos of our pop goddess in her prime, most are somewhere between silly and unconvincing (Atomic, Hanging On The Telephone) embarrassing (The Hardest Part, which sees Debbie in S&M gear sporting - some would say wisely - a ridiculous long black wig and dark glasses) and downright bizarre (The Tide Is High - the band in New York with superimposed giant goldfish at the window, a mutant Darth Vader and then - of course! - some stock NASA footage of a Saturn V rocket) and the in any case dreadful Island Of Lost Souls). On the other hand there is a video for Shayla, which is a wonderful bonus.

Nonetheless there's enough of that Debbie Harry Magic to make this worth the purchase for the DVD alone.

But audiophiles: your best bet would be to go back to the Albums: Parallel Lines and Eat To The Beat (the latter of which I am proud to say was the first record I ever bought, aged 12) are outstanding records, but you only catch a glimpse of them here.

Olly Buxton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Digital madness!, 16 Oct 2011
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Good value - getting the DVD along with the CD. However, all the tracks have been digitally re-mastered by an engineer who must like car audio systems, or MP3 players - totally destroying the dynamic range of all tracks!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hits collection with a great DVD of videos ., 13 Dec 2005
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K. Eisenberger "dance music freak!" (Defiance, Ohio United States) - See all my reviews
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This is the who knows how many Blondie collection this makes but this one is a bit different because you finally get a great DVD of their videos that are not held together with some stupid cabbie ruining the beginning of the videos. This is what should have been put out when EMI put out the Greatest Hits collection in 2002 but was not. In the US Capitol (the US EMI since in America EMI no longer exits) put out a similar cd/dvd of Pat Benatar hits and videos and Tina Turner as well. In the UK Blondie and EMI put this collection out because they are on tour this November and Decemeber and this collection will come out in the US next year before Blondie is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame . So far in the Uk it has done quite well.
So why buy a new HITS collection from Blondie. Well if you put on a new picture that I don't have on the cover I will buy it .Well this cover to the Sight & Sound edition of hits is from the photo shoot that came from the Plastic Letters shoot. If you read the Making Tracks book Debbie Harry talks about the photos taken with the pillow case and red tape as an outfit. Yes Debbie Harry is wearing a pillow case with red tape on it and makes it look so cool. When you buy the cd look under where the cd/dvd are held and you will more closely of what I am talking about. If someone can take a simple everyday bed linen item and use it for clothes and look increbible doing it then you know Debbie Harry is in a league of her own.
Now onto the music. The cd comes with basically every hit Blondie had and features 2 new tracks. I know most people go on at how good "Rapture Riders " is but it is more Jim Morrison than Debbie Harry. But it still works nonetheless. For me the best new track is the "In The Flesh" which is a brand new version with new vocals and a electro vibe too it. I know people are not liking it but trust me it works so well it is scary. The remix for "Good Boys" is the US only PROMO release by Sanctuary records that was issued to Club DJ's after the Norty Cotto US mixes were a top ten dance hit. There is a single mix to the Blow Up mix as well as a much better (Demonic Electronic Mix)that should have been put on here instead but the fact that this rare 12" mix is now available should be a collector's item. Plus what can you say to hearing "Call Me" , "One Way Or Another", "Sunday Girl" , "End To End" -- which would have been the 3rd single if Epic and Sanctuary would have gotten enough faith in their last album to keep trying for hits -- and "Maria" which is such an amazing song. All that is missing from this collection is the long promised to be issued "Studio 54" from 1997 that still sounds cool today. Oh well maybe in a few more years and another Blondie hits cd it will finally come to the light.
The DVD-- now you can watch Blondie's videos from the beginning to the last video "Good Boys" . Still the whole video to the other 8 songs off Eat To The Beat could have been issued as well as "Nothing Is Real But The Girl" or the remix videos for "Atomic" and "Heart Of Glass" could have been put on but this is a small complaint. Now you can see them all in their entirety and enjoy the face of Debbie Harry and the craziness of Clem Burke.
Overall this collection of DVD and Cd is worth the price. And hopefully when it comes to the US it will does as well. Anything with Debbie Harry is a five star event. A++++++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits with extra Sight & Sound, 23 Aug 2014
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Mr. I. English "I.J. English" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Blondie's Greatest Hits: Sight & Sound CD + DVD is an interesting European package. Yes we have the original Greatest Hits compilation which had nearly 20 marvelous Blondie moments, including "Maria" which entered the UK Singles Chart straight in at No.1, but there's a few additional extras to accompany the original Greatest Hits, plus a bonus DVD as well. Yes, the original track-listing has been rearranged, but that's nothing too much to worry about. Yes, some remixes aren't really needed, but we got them courtesy of this package. In this day and age, you should try and be satisfied with all of your purchases, not moan if something ain't quite right! If there's any more suitable Blondie re-issues to be re-released, the Blonde And Beyond rarities album from the early 1990s (about 1993, I think) could do with a full 24-Bit Digitally Remastered to bring it up to date with a BIG BANG!! Blondie are dynamically brilliant - oh yeah!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if you are a purist, 17 Jan 2011
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Great pop songs of course but I rated this two stars because I hate the way that some of the songs have been re-edited in order to fit on as much as possible on. For example, 'Heart Of Glass', which is faded out way too early on and is also missing the intro and 'Atomic', again missing the intro and also missing the whole of the mid-section. This 'remaster' chooses instead to repeat the 'chorus' part twice which is totally wrong. At the expense of these two most loved of Blondie tracks, we get awful remixes of 'In The Flesh' and 'Good Boys' and the pointless 'Rapture Riders'. Thankfully, most of the rest of the songs are left untouched although my only other minor complaint is the inclusion of Blondie's weakest song to date; 'Maria' slap bang in the middle of all the older 'classics' - it seems totally out of place and with the remix of 'In The Flesh', sits rather awkwardly there.

In all honestly, the only reason to get this is for the bonus DVD but get an alternative 'Best of' cd.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TImeless and iconic, 15 Nov 2010
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Blondie, along with The Clash,were one of the few original new wave bands, (sorry but I can't include The Police in that genera), to make a seamless transition across into the mainstream music scene. Blondie, like The Clash, achieved this through their ability to write accomplished songs which utilised a variety of adopted musical styles, thus increasing their appeal to a broader cross section of the music buying public than their stable mates. This CD provides a good timeline of their material ranging from the earlier and slightly more avant-garde hits (Rip Her to Shreds, X Offender),through the pure pop of Denis, rock (Dreaming, Union City Blues), disco (Heart of Glass),rap (Rapture) as well as the newer songs arising from their "comeback" (Maria, End to End, Good Boys). I bought this CD on a whim after having seen the promo video for "Dreaming" on MTV and, as a result, found myself singing it every day for a week afterwards but that is the joy of Blondie, catchy and well written songs that still hold their appeal 30 years after they were popular. That they are fronted by arguably the most attractive and iconic female singer in music history, and that the other band members are writers and musicians of the first order, (step forward Messrs Stein, Destri and Burke), just goes to show that when the band chemistry is right that it can tap into a vein of musical productivity that most groups can only aspire to. The fact that this CD is accompanied by a DVD containing the music videos to nearly all of their chart output is an added bonus as I would honestly have paid this price for the CD alone. In my opinion this is as good a taster of Blondie as you will get for the price, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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Very good CD
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