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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
Blondie
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on 22 January 2017
Blondie' s 1976 eponymous debut is their most fun album. It's a spikey breeze of new wave/punk that also proved to be the launch pad for the (soon to be) goddess of the day, 'Deborah Harry'. Bags of cool tunes, 'In the Sun' being the standout. Listen out too for the short demo of 'In the Streets', which raw as it is, hints at some of the beautiful Blondie tracks to come.
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VINE VOICEon 2 July 2016
Blondie's debut is quirky, fun and infectious. It set the groundwork for what would be one of America's more endearing and enduring rock bands. The songs here are more punky, with a retro 50's/60's flavour. Although there isn't the usual standout single, the whole album in fact, doesn't feature one dud track. Its a great listen all the way through. I would say this, along with Parallel Lines and Eat To The Beat, are the essential Blondie albums to buy if your new to the band. This is a great chill out album. Recommended.
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on 7 November 2017
I was hoping for a greatest hits album, so it'll take a while to acclimatise!
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on 4 November 2017
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on 19 July 2017
very good
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on 30 November 2015
here already , looks in good nick , will play later
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on 26 April 2017
Brilliant
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on 25 June 2015
WOW What An Album This Truly Is, To Think That This Album Is Blondie Debut Album ( Yeah I Know Incredible Isn"t It)
Is Really A Great Achievement By Any Group/Band, Starting Out.
Although Blondie Had Been Tagged As A Punk Rock Group When They Played Alongside Their Punk Hero"s , (THE RAMONES AND PATTI SMITH,) At The Famous CBGB Venue, All Blondie Wanted To Do Was To Play Their Songs And To Be Heard,
Playing Some Rock, Punk Music , Soon The Band Started To Gain A Following Of Their Own With Increasing Popularity And Stage Presence .
In 1975 Blondie Began To Record Their Self Titled Debut Album And What A Fantastic Album It Is,
Right From The Start Of The Needle Touching The Vinyl On The Turntable , We Hear The Soft Vocal Tones Of Deborah Harry Then After The First Four Lines Of The First Track X OFFENDER , Debbie Lets Loose With Her Stunning Voice (she can read me my rights anytime) .
Each Track Afterwards Is Brilliant And Not Really A Bad Track On It, The Album Is Pure Solid Rock With Some Punkish Style As Well , That Blend Together Superbly , It Was Clear To Anyone That Blondie Were Here To Stay For A Very Long Time ...And They Are Still Going Strong 40 Years On,
So It Makes Perfect Sense To Release Blondie"s Albums Again On Vinyl And To Be Given The Remastered Treatment With A 180 GRAM HEAVYWEIGHT L.P. RECORD EDITION, Which Is So Amazing Than The Original Release Because Of The Fantastic Sound Quality That We Hear On This Excellent Album...So I Most Strongly Recommend That You Buy This Album On Vinyl And Transport Yourself Back To 1975 And Enjoy The Fantastic BLONDIE. ......GO BUY IT NOW.
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on 16 July 2011
With mod, 60s girl group, surf band and B grade science fiction horror references bundled up with a mid 70s lower Manhattan street sensibility, Blondie's infectious comic book-like career-starter is a fascinating debut.

The choice of Richard Gotterher as producer, a prolific composer in the 60s responsible for songs like `My Boyfriend's Back' and `I Want Candy', was an inspired one and a perfect fit for this initially unusual band. (As a fake Australian band called The Strangeloves, Americans Gotterher, Bob Feldman and Gerry Goldstein, had a massive US hit with `I Want Candy' in 1965 - they claimed to be Australian brothers Giles, Miles and Niles Strange, who had become rich from cross-breeding the long-haired Gottehrer sheep on their Aussie farm and decided to use their money to form a band!)

Gottehrer brought his sensibilities to Chris Stein's love of 60s girl groups, producing a cool and quirky set that informed Blondie's first four albums as well as their 1999 comeback, `No Exit'. Most representative of their approach are the opening track, `X Offender', with its spoken word intro over drums, `Little Girl Lies', `In the Sun' and `Shark in Jets Clothing'.

Not only does `Blondie' introduce the now legendary image, vocal chords, phrasing and unique lyrical sensibilities of Deborah Harry, it unveiled the equally talented Stein and keyboardist/composer Jimmy Destri. Along with Drummer Clem Burke, they would become the core of the band.

Apart from `X Offender' (Harry and bassist Gary Valentine), tracks that most represent their then burgeoning ability to mix their odd influences with an incredible pop sensibility are `Look Good in Blue' (Destri), `Rip Her to Shreds', `Rifle Range' (both Stein) and the deliriously slow and wistful `In the Flesh' (Harry/Stein). These five are the album's soaring high points and, apart from a couple of duds that take the concept too far (`Kung Fu Girls', `Attack of the Giant Ants'), the rest are enjoyably adequate filler.

Slightly over-lauded as people look back on their now legendary oeuvre, `Blondie' is nevertheless a great and individual debut and a far better purchase than a Greatest Hits set. The 2001 remaster has an additional five tracks that are either available on other rarities compilations or are live tracks, so don't add much to the original release. Though, the remaster is superb. (3.5 stars)
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VINE VOICEon 21 December 2006
Before they became the property of big business, Blondie earned a reputation as one of the pioneers of the new wave. Deborah Harry had apparently once clicked finger cymbals with an obscure hippy band, but Blondie started as a fun, no-nonsense pop band with a dirty undercurrent. These three-minute, uptempo, beaty songs recall girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and garage bands, with their multi-tracked female vocals and James Destri's dated organ flourishes. Yet the titles of the best-known songs here, 'X Offender', 'In The Flesh' and 'Rip Her To Shreds', betray the darker themes of a later era.

Clem Burke's drumming shouldn't be underestimated either. His retro-oriented style gives the music a freshness that's rare for 1976. Other highlights include 'A Shark In Jets Clothing' and 'Rifle Range'. The former starts out like The Stranglers at their most mischievous, the latter is a fast number that featured as a bonus on the 12" of 'Heart Of Glass'. This album is one you play over again straight away after hearing it and is well worth buying.
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