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on 30 April 2010
Rest assured I'm not giving this album two stars to mark down Blondie's songs - we all know they're great. No, it's for the remastering here. I bought this compilation because a) My Best of Blondie CD (the one with Debs in a white dress holding a torch) sounded a bit grainy b) The remaster of Parallel Lines sounded terrific and I thought this was done by the same team c) I'd been warned off by a reviewer buying the later remaster greatest hits, the one with the free DVD of videos on it.
Maybe this is the same CD as mentioned on 3). On the opener Dreaming the drums are way too high in the mix. It's like the bass on the remastered Beatles albums - just because Macca's bass playing is great and unsung, having it higher in the mix does not make for a better song. The lead guitar sounds relatively tinny. It just doesn't sound right.
The same goes on other songs: the climbing, supercool extended guitar work on Picture This instead sounds a bit rickety. Debs intoning 'Atomic' when the music stops makes her sound not supercool but a pillock (though maybe Sleeper's version on the Trainspotting LP is better anyway.)
Otherwise, Harry doesn't look too great on the cover, though it's not too bad, you can't better the song order of Best of Blondie (you shouldn't have the technically fine but let's face it fairly unenjoyable Call Me as the second track unless it's second to last, it sounds odd not having Picture This followed by Atomic, it works great) and overall the sound has that hollow, clean, rattley feel of a remastered CD, like a car engine that's been stripped down, each component part polished and cleaned, only to find when it's reassembled that it just doesn't run properly the way it did before.