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Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 1999
This is such mainstream Blondie that even the most lukewarm fan will love the lot. Blondastic value of course (21 tracks !) this album kicks off with the almost mystical Atomic (original version) and carries you thru such exotica as 'Island of lost souls', touching on a determined wistfullness in 'Dreaming', Bilingual Blondie (Denis) and winding up with a very satisifying remix of -well of course, 'Atomic' If Miss Harry has ever tingled your spine you will probably have all of these tracks anyway. If she hasen't - well it's never too late to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'Debbie Harry' fronted this 'American' new-wave group, she and guitarist 'Chris Stein' were
founder members during the mid-seventies, they soon made their mark both sides of the
'Atlantic' with 'Denis' which charted in the U.K back in 1978 peaking at number '2'
Guess in truth as much as I since loved the group's first Chart-Hit I took little notice, because
of the number of great acts around back then, until they Charted with 'Heart of Glass' which
proved to be their first number '1' in 79'
Of course as this 'Greatest-Hits' offering clearly demonstrates they had much success including
a three in a row run of number 1's in '1980' those being - 'Atomic' 'Call Me' and 'The Tide
is High' they did achieve five number 1's here in the U.K the other being 'Sunday Girl' in 79'
Among some of their other Chart successes on board this significant album, 'Hanging on the
Telephone' (Chart '5' 78') (I'm always Touched by Your) Presence Dear' (Chart '10' 78') -
'Picture This' (Chart '12' 78') 'Dreaming' (Chart '2' 79') and 'Rapture' (Chart '5' 81') among
the many hits harboured on-board this album.
The group split up in 1982 'Debbie Harry' pursued a solo career until 1998 when the band re-formed,
achieving just three U.K Chart entries including (not on this album) a number '1' (The groups 6th)
'Maria' (1999)
There are of course many 'Greatest-Hits' albums out there., this more than equal to any, current
'Amazon' price £5.49
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on 19 August 2015
Blondie was one of the greatest punk rock/new wave bands of the late 70's and early 80's.
This album showcases their most fantastic tracks from 1976 to 1982, but it is unfortunate that the songs not in chronological order.
The synth-pop of Atomic and the vibey synthesized Heart Of Glass gives way to the sensual sunday Girl, the memorable movie soundtrack hit Call Me, the reggae style The Tide Is High, the flirtatious Denis, and one of the first rap numbers by a white band, Rapture.
Other notable hits include the calypso type Island Of Lost Souls and the angry Rip Her To Shreds.
I really love Blondie, and this music really energizes me.
This stuff is still as hot as when it was released.
Blondie was one of the best bands of it's time.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2000
Whether it is the pumping disco of Heart Of Glass, the sharp, punky sound of One Way Or Another or the perfect pop of Denis that attracted you to Blondie, you are sure to love all you find here.
With surely some of the greatest singles ever recorded, Atomic - The Best Of provides an easy way into the sound of Blondie. It is impossible not to fall in love with the attitude of Debbie Harry, which just adds all the more to the perfect sounds. A true classic.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
For some reason known only to the record company, the tracks on this compilation are not in chronological order. The album thus opens with 1979s synth-rock track Atomic and then moves back one year for the equally electronic but far more catchy Heart Of Glass, the pop and dance classic.
Track 3, Sunday Girl, also comes from the excellent Parallel Lines album, whilst Call Me (theme from American Gigolo) is another electronic dance track that has not aged well because it lacks a good tune. Next comes The Tide Is High, a lilting reggae number from 1980s Autoamerican. Denis takes us back to the brilliant 1977 album Plastic Letters, whilst Dreaming and Union City Blue come from 1980s less than inspiring Eat To The Beat album that also contains Atomic.
Plastic Letters and Parallel lines remain Blondie’s best ever single albums, as demonstrated by the beautiful ballad I’m Always Touched (By Your Presence Dear), the snappy pop song Picture This and the dreamy, experimental Fade Away And Radiate. X Offender and Rip Her To Shreds from their 1976 debut show the raw punk promise that was to develop into their delicious take on pop in the aforementioned Plastic Letters and Parallel Lines.
Atomic concludes with two interesting remixes of the title track. Blondie made original and intelligent pop music that encompassed hypnotic synthesizer textures (Call Me, Atomic, Heart Of Glass), melodic ballads (Denis, Presence Dear), rap (Rapture), reggae (The Tide Is High) and punk rock (X Offender, Rip Her To Shreds). This is a great compilation album, like The Complete Picture (20 tracks) or Greatest Hits (19 tracks), and it is difficult to choose between them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent compilation that opens with the classic Blondie syntho-pop tune: "Atomic" and then this compilation comes in with the electro-pop and dance classic track: "Heart of Glass". The track "Sunday Girl" comes from the Paralell Lines Album and "Denis" comes from the "Plastic Letters" Album are for me the best Blondie Albums!

My favourite track from the "Eat to the Beat" Album is "Union City Blues" - which remind me of the the late 1970s trade union activities in the UK - during the Margaret Thatcher era in the historical 1980s. Even tracks like "Picture This"; "Hanging on the Telephone" & "I am Touched By Your Presence Dear" are great.

The final two bonus remix tracks from the single "Atomic" are interesting and sounds great. A must buy Album for all Blondie (Debbie Harry) fans!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2014
Blondie for me is the kick ass women of her time,a female front lady singer of her own band,that was not usual for that time. I loved her as a teen and even more so at forty. These songs are timeless for me and always make me happy upon playing them. Debbie Harry is the embodiment of strength and understated sexyness, she never had to shake her booty; she just stood there and looked into the camera. She was and still is a musical mover and shaker, still sub zero kwl at 68. The cd is everything and more,you will not be dissapointed or able to sit still,you will feel better by the last track if you were feeling low,this is happy music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2013
While I am not entirely taken in by all things Blondie (not yet, anyway), this should be a good starting point, as it's a nice, diverse selection of tracks.

'Atomic', 'Heart of Glass', 'Call Me' and 'Rapture' are the standout tracks for me, all ageless in their greatness. The collection is somewhat marred by what I find to be much lesser tracks such as 'Denis', 'Rip Her To Shreds', and the completely redundant mixes of 'Atomic'.

Rushed out shortly to buy 'Parallel Lines' which is a stunner of an album. Maybe I will get to like the rest in time.
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on 17 February 2015
a brilliant album in a brilliant condition thank you
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on 27 June 2015
I like the CD nice music from blondie a good listen
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