Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, Autoamerican, The Hunter

For many, this fan included, Blondie (as well as acts like the Talking Heads) defined the genre-bending and -blurring era (1976-'82) when punk gave way to disco then morphed into new wave.

BLONDIE
Blondie
REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Richard Gottehrer
Chrysalis/Capitol 72435-33596

Plastic Letters
REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Richard Gottehrer
Chrysalis/Capitol 72435-33598


Parallel Lines
REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Mike Chapman
Chrysalis/Capitol 72435-33599

Eat to the Beat
REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Mike Chapman
Chrysalis/Capitol 72435-33597

Autoamerican
REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Mike Chapman
Chrysalis/Capitol 72435-33595

The Hunter
REISSUE PRODUCER: Kevin Flaherty
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Mike Chapman
Chrysalis/Capitol 72435-33670



For many, this fan included, Blondie (as well as acts like the Talking Heads) defined the genre-bending and -blurring era (1976-'82) when punk gave way to disco then morphed into new wave. Throughout, Blondie always managed to follow the beat of its own drum, rarely giving in to corporate demands. For the most part (Autoamerican is spotty at best, while The Hunter remains a dismal listening experience), Blondie's creative control resulted in, ironically enough, mainstream success. The arrival of these discs marks the first time the band's Chrysalis catalog has been wholly reissued, replete with the latest digital remastering and enhanced packaging (with each disc's informative liner notes penned by its producer). Each album also comes with previously unreleased material. The exuberant Blondie includes the original Private Stock single versions of "X Offender" and "In the Sun," while the rocking (yet brooding) Plastic Letters includes "Once I Had a Love (aka the Disco Song)," an obvious early version of "Heart of Glass." Plastic Letters also includes the band's first two U.K. hits: "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear" and "Denis." The global hit that was "Heart of Glass" appears on the picture-perfect Parallel Lines, which now also features live versions of "Hanging on the Telephone" and "I Know But I Don't Know." Live covers of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and David Bowie's "Heroes" are fab additions to the positively soaring Eat to the Beat. Autoamerican is home to chart-toppers "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture," as well as the special disco mix of "Rapture" and the original long version of "Call Me" (culled from the American Gigolo soundtrack). Essential music from a vital era.—MP