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on 13 April 2017
The best Blondie album since Parallel Lines.
How I managed to miss this one I don`t know.
I may have thought it was just another
Greatest Hits package, but it is so much more.
A Rose by any name, every track a winner!!!
Also a re-working of a Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Classic-RELAX!
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on 7 May 2017
Really good double album. 11 Rerecorded greatest hits and 13 brand new tracks one of which is a cover of relax by frankie goes to Hollywood
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on 28 November 2014
Excellent CD, purchased as a Birthday Gift. Received a very positive approval.
Amazon delivery time is always spot on, Love it
Well done Amazon!!!
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on 20 April 2017
Excellent thank you
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on 21 July 2017
Great
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on 26 May 2014
Brave move from the band to try and reclaim their Greatest Hits by re-recording the tracks with the current band and bundling this release with their new 'Ghosts of Download' album, utilmately the new songs are great and the re-recordings fall just a little short, I dont believe I would opt to listen to any of the re-recordings over their original recordings, but.... the new album is great, so many stand out tracks such as 'Rave', 'Winter', 'Sugar On The Side', 'Take Me In The Night', 'Backroom', 'A Rose By Any Name' and 'I Want To Drag You Around'. Even the cover of the classic Frankie track 'Relax' to which I had some misgivings is carried off. A great collection with a '77 live DVD thrown in!. Plus if you buy from Amazon you get the MP3 download of all the tracks plus the three bonus tracks that are availbale on iTunes, a nice final touch from a fantastic collection, well done Blondie, a real treat......
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Ghosts of Download is Blondie's tenth studio album, and is available in two configurations - both feature a disc of re-recorded greatest hits, whilst the deluxe edition also has a live DVD, featuring a concert recorded in 1977. The fact that the new album has been relegated to disc two on both releases (with the greatest hits featuring on disc one) might indicate a lack of faith in the new material - as has the fact that Ghosts of Download was originally announced for release at the end of 2013, with several release dates in early 2014 also missed.

This concern is largely misplaced, as Ghosts of Download is a bracing listen with a heavy electronic element and a number of guest performers such as Systema Solar, Miss Guy, Beth Ditto and Los Rakas who all add something new. But this is still very much a Blondie album, and Deborah Harry's unmistakable vocals are very much to the fore.

Stand-out tracks include the rocking "A Rose By Any Name" and "Mile High", whilst the driving beat of "Take It Back" is another highlight. Along the way they also throw in a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax" for good measure.

An eclectic mix then, but it's never dull and whilst the singles are unlikely to trouble the top end of the charts, there's much to enjoy here.

There's no particular surprises with the new recordings of the greatest hits - they are very efficient xeroxes of the originals. Presumably this has been done so that they can licence these recordings (for advertising, etc) in the future - as like many bands they no longer have control over their back catalogue. Whatever the reason, it's a good CD which highlights the fact that Harry's vocals haven't really changed that much over the last four decades. And whilst they are unlikely to supplant the originals in anyone's affection, unlike some other artist's re-recordings of their greatest hits at least they aren't embarrassing.

Overall then, Blondie 4(0)-Ever is a solid collection of new and old songs that is well worth a listen.
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on 18 February 2017
I have all the albums Blondie ever released and this was pending on my list. BUT beware in case you are interested too. This is a 2 vinyls edition: one with the greatest hits Re-Played by Blondie. New versions. The exercise is OK. Some new sounds do not change the original essence and charm of songs such as "Heart of Glass", "Atomic" or "Rapture".

The second vinyl contains a whole new album with songs including some help from Beth Ditto from Gossip. In summary sound side all OK, now when it comes to the visual part of the release this is GREAT a lot of photos including a poster, a dvd with an concert from the 70's, besides the cover photo taken by Andy Warhol it also includes another outstanding take by the great artist that is already hanging on my Wall. Last but not least a downloadable card with the music. A must for any Blondie Fan.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 July 2014
This is a wonderful package.

The Greatest Hits package is a pretty faithful set of re-recordings, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Who can fault such a back catalogue? A nice one to own.

The 'Ghosts of Downloads' album is a cracking release. Blondie have resisted standing still and pushed forward, embracing Latin American beats, a splash of Trance and some truly terrific song writing. They rarely indulge in cover versions but 'Relax' is superb, particularly the first half which is sparse and atmospheric.

The version with the DVD (which I own) is a real bonus, the 1977 performance including many songs that were later dropped from their live set.

The three CD set is presented in a slip case. The three discs come in cardboard sleeves (a bit like magazine cover mounts), There is a miniature poster and decent booklet included.
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on 8 June 2016
I have just heard Ghosts of Download - two years after it's release. It sounds like Debbie Harry and a bunch of computers with a couple of other artists thrown in for good measure - AWFUL!! They even made a good live song like Rave sound crap
WARNING!!!!!! this is NOT a BLONDIE Album
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