Want List: Long Time Coming Blondie BSOG Revisits Band’s “Classic” Era

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Blondie Is A Band… But Deborah Harry is the singer

Last week the big news was the long-awaited Blondie boxed set of god was finally announced for pre-0rder. But we’d just begun a dive into the Paul Haig box, then there was the death of Julee Cruise which couldn’t wait, so I thought it could wait a few days before discussing Blondie. “Against The Odds 1974-1982” is going to be a definitive look at the era where the band strode the earth like a colossus. Their journey from downtown NYC kitschmonger wiseguys to platinum New Wave godhead was indeed completely against the odds. The fetching singer would always be a draw, but without the goods that she and the band members brought to the songs, they would have only merited footnote status.

From the band’s earliest days, their re-appropriation of 60’s girl group/bubblegum pop moxie as nascent New Wave in the making meant that they were ground zero for a generation of hipsters. Long is the list of bands that might not exist but for their shining example of how to mix chemicals in the Pop Music laboratory to develop new strains of Pop’s DNA.

The project fell under the aegis of The Numero Group, and they have worked diligently for the various packages. A new name for me. This box will contain remastered editions of the band’s first six albums. The ones that cemented their status as major movers right up until the band’s wheels came off around the time of their last album before calling it a day in 1982. What’s in store for the various curated packages to come? Bonus tracks in red.

8x CD Box – $100

Numero Group | US | 8xCD | 2022

Blondie: Against All Odds 1974-1982 – US – 8xCD [2022]

CD 1: Blondie

  1. X Offender
  2. Little Girl Lies
  3. In The Flesh
  4. Look Good In Blue
  5. In The Sun
  6. A Shark In Jets Clothing
  7. Man Overboard
  8. Rip Her To Shreds
  9. Rifle Range
  10. Kung Fu Girls
  11. The Attack Of The Giant Ants
  12. X Offender (Intro)
  13. X Offender (Private Stock Single Version / Remastered)
  14. In The Sun (Private Stock Single Version / Remastered)
  15. Little Girl Lies (Private Stock Mix)
  16. In The Flesh (Extended Intro)
  17. A Shark In Jets Clothing (Take 2)
  18. Kung Fu Girls (Take 8)
  19. Scenery (Plaza Sound Outtake)

CD 2: Plastic Letters

  1. Fan Mail
  2. Denis
  3. Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45)
  4. Youth Nabbed As Sniper
  5. Contact In Red Square
  6. (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
  7. I’m On E
  8. I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No
  9. Love At The Pier
  10. No Imagination
  11. Kidnapper
  12. Detroit 442
  13. Cautious Lip
  14. Denis (Terry Ellis Mix)
  15. Moonlight Drive
  16. Bermuda Triangle Blues – Flight 45 (Take 1)
  17. I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No (Take 1)
  18. I’m On E (Take 2)
  19. Kidnapper (Take 2)
  20. Detroit 442 (Take 2)
  21. Poet’s Problem

CD 3: Parallel Lines

  1. Hanging On The Telephone
  2. One Way Or Another
  3. Picture This
  4. Fade Away And Radiate
  5. Pretty Baby
  6. I Know But I Don’t Know
  7. 11:59
  8. Will Anything Happen
  9. Sunday Girl
  10. Heart Of Glass
  11. I’m Gonna Love You Too
  12. Just Go Away
  13. Once I Had A Love (Mike Chapman Demo)
  14. Sunday Girl (French Version)
  15. I’ll Never Break Away From This Heart Of Mine (Pretty Baby) (Take 1)
  16. Hanging On The Telephone (Mike Chapman Demo)
  17. Will Anything Happen (Instrumental)

CD 4: Eat to the Beat

  1. Dreaming
  2. The Hardest Part
  3. Union City Blue
  4. Shayla
  5. Eat To The Beat
  6. Accidents Never Happen
  7. Die Young Stay Pretty
  8. Slow Motion
  9. Atomic
  10. Sound-A-Sleep
  11. Victor
  12. Living In The Real World
  13. Call Me
  14. Spaghetti Song (Atomic Pt. 2)
  15. Die Young Stay Pretty (Take 1)
  16. Underground Girl
  17. Union City Blue (Instrumental)
  18. Llámame

CD 5: Autoamerican

  1. Europa
  2. Live It Up
  3. Here’s Looking At You
  4. The Tide Is High
  5. Angels On The Balcony
  6. Go Through It
  7. Do The Dark
  8. Rapture
  9. Faces
  10. T-Birds
  11. Walk Like Me
  12. Follow Me
  13. Autoamerican Ad
  14. I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer (Go Through It)
  15. Live It Up (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
  16. Angels On The Balcony (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
  17. The Tide Is High (Demo)
  18. Suzy & Jeffrey
  19. Rapture (Disco Version)

CD 6: The Hunter

  1. Orchid Club
  2. Island Of Lost Souls
  3. Dragonfly
  4. For Your Eyes Only
  5. The Beast
  6. War Child
  7. Little Caesar
  8. Danceway
  9. (Can I) Find The Right Words (To Say)
  10. English Boys
  11. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
  12. Yuletide Throwdown

CD 7: Out in the Streets

  1. Out In The Streets (1974 Session)
  2. The Disco Song (1974 Session)
  3. Sexy Ida (1974 Session)
  4. Platinum Blonde (Betrock Demo)
  5. The Thin Line (Betrock Demo)
  6. Puerto Rico (Betrock Demo)
  7. Once I Had A Love (Betrock Demo)
  8. Out In The Streets (Betrock Demo)

CD8: Home Tapes

  1. Nameless (Home Tape)
  2. Mr Sightseer
  3. Sunday Girl (Home Tape)
  4. Theme From Topkapi (Home Tape)
  5. The Hardest Part (Home Tape)
  6. Ring Of Fire (Home Tape)
  7. Heart Of Glass (Chris Stein Mix)
  8. Call Me (Chris Stein Mix)
  9. War Child (Chris Stein Mix)

The discs com in a foil printed box with a 128 page hardcover book with extensive liner notes and band member commentary. Nice to see the Alan Betrock demos there and there is a surplus of materials from the band’s earliest days, which might be the stuff of the most interest to me. That debut album casts a very long shadow with me. Of the later albums, it’s always “Eat To The Beat” that tempts me astray. Often definitively.

Looking at that listing of 124 tracks, I’m shocked that I can see things in my Record Cell off the top of my head that I know are missing. Things like:

  • Atomic [12″ edit]
  • “Heroes” Live [B-side]
  • Ring Of Fire [Roadie version]
  • Live It Up [disco mix]
  • Call Me [12″ Spanish Version]
  • Call Me [instrumental]
  • War Child [12″ version]

So it looks like the remit here was not the definitive set of released materials, but a curation that showed more of the band’s origins and formative movements. Also allowing for two full disc of both early and later demos. Of course there’s two ultrabox LP editions that will weigh 20 lbs [at least] to ship to your doorstep? It wouldn’t be 2022 without them.

10x LP + 7″/10″Box $350 [black] $400 [red]

Black vinyl version shown in pack shot

Blondie: Against All Odds 1974-1982 – US – 10xLP + 7″ + 10″ [2022]

LP 1: Blondie

  1. X Offender
  2. Little Girl Lies
  3. In The Flesh
  4. Look Good In Blue
  5. In The Sun
  6. A Shark In Jets Clothing
  7. Man Overboard
  8. Rip Her To Shreds
  9. Rifle Range
  10. Kung Fu Girl
  11. The Attack Of The Giant Ants

LP 2: Plastic Letters

  1. Fan Mail
  2. Denis
  3. Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45)
  4. Youth Nabbed As Sniper
  5. Contact In Red Square
  6. (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
  7. I’m On E
  8. I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No
  9. Love At The Pier
  10. No Imagination
  11. Kidnapper
  12. Detroit 442
  13. Cautious Lip

LP 3: Parallel Lines

  1. Hanging On The Telephone
  2. One Way Or Another
  3. Picture This
  4. Fade Away And Radiate
  5. Pretty Baby
  6. I Know But I Don’t Know
  7. 11:59
  8. Will Anything Happen
  9. Sunday Girl
  10. Heart Of Glass
  11. I’m Gonna Love You Too
  12. Just Go Away

LP 4: Eat To The Beat

  1. Dreaming
  2. The Hardest Part
  3. Union City Blue
  4. Shayla
  5. Eat To The Beat
  6. Accidents Never Happen
  7. Die Young Stay Pretty
  8. Slow Motion
  9. Atomic
  10. Sound-A-Sleep
  11. Victor
  12. Living In The Real World

LP 5: Autoamerican

  1. Europa
  2. Live It Up
  3. Here’s Looking At You
  4. The Tide Is High
  5. Angels On The Balcony
  6. Go Through It
  7. Do The Dark
  8. Rapture
  9. Faces
  10. T-Birds
  11. Walk Like Me
  12. Follow Me

LP 6: The Hunter

  1. Orchid Club
  2. Island Of Lost Souls
  3. Dragonfly
  4. For Your Eyes Only
  5. The Beast
  6. War Child
  7. Little Caesar
  8. Danceway
  9. (Can I) Find The Right Words (To Say)
  10. English Boys
  11. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game

LP 7: Out-takes & rarities (‘Plaza Sound’)

  1. X Offender (Intro)
  2. X Offender (Private Stock Single)
  3. In The Sun (Private Stock Single)
  4. Little Girl Lies (Private Stock Mix)
  5. In The Flesh (Extended Intro)
  6. A Shark In Jets Clothing (Take 2)
  7. Kung Fu Girls (Take 8)
  8. Scenery
  9. Denis (Terry Ellis Mix)
  10. Bermuda Triangle Blues – Flight 45 (Take 1)
  11. I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No (Take 1)
  12. I’m On E (Take 2)
  13. Kidnapper (Take 2)
  14. Detroit 442 (Take 2)
  15. Poets Problem

LP 8: Out-takes & rarities (‘Parallel Beats’)

  1. Once I Had A Love (Mike Chapman Demo)
  2. Sunday Girl (French Version)
  3. I’ll Never Break Away From This Heart Of Mine (Pretty Baby)
  4. Hanging On The Telephone (Mike Chapman Demo)
  5. Will Anything Happen (Instrumental)
  6. Underground Girl
  7. Call Me
  8. Spaghetti Song (Atomic Part 2)
  9. Die Young Stay Pretty (Take 1)
  10. Union City Blue (Instrumental)
  11. Llámame

LP 9: Out-takes & rarities (‘Coca Cola’)

  1. I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer (Go Through It)
  2. Live It Up (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
  3. Angels on the Balcony (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
  4. Tide Is High (Demo)
  5. Susie & Jeffrey
  6. Rapture (Disco Version)
  7. Autoamerican Ad
  8. Yuletide Throwdown

LP 10: Out-takes & rarities (‘Home Tapes’)

  1. Nameless (Home Tape)
  2. Sunday Girl (Home Tape)
  3. Theme From Topkapi (Home Tape)
  4. The Hardest Part (Home Tape)
  5. Ring of Fire (Home Tape)
  6. War Child (Chris Stein Mix)
  7. Call Me (Chris Stein Mix)
  8. Heart of Glass (Chris Stein Mix)


Seven Inch Single

  1. Moonlight Drive
  2. Mr. Sightseer


Ten Inch EP – Out-takes & rarities (‘Out In The Streets’)

  1. Out In The Streets (1974)
  2. The Disco Song
  3. Sexy Ida
  4. Platinum Blonde [Betrock demo]
  5. The Thin Line [Betrock demo]
  6. Puerto Rico [Betrock demo]
  7. Once I Had A Love (Betrock demo 1975)
  8. Out In The Streets (Betrock demo 1975)

Tour choice of black or red vinyl for $50 more. But the LP boxes also have bigger books: 144 page hardcover instead of 128 pp. as in the CD Box. And there’s a second book with another 120 pp. book if an extreme discography dive with tons of luxe picture sleeve photos from around the world. Purrrrrrrrrr! There’s no way I could throw down $350-400 [plus shipping for this, but that second book is the kind of thing that’s like catnip to me.

Normally that’s as far as we go on BSOGs, but this time the best brains at The Numero group have done us a real service. If you’re a real [and old] fan who already has the first six Blondie albums [and you should], they’ve done us a favor by also compiling bundles of just the the 50+ bonus tracks into separate, discrete sets in LP and CD format! This sounds like a first to me… can anyone else remember this happening??! Lets all get behind this way of thinking to others will do this in the future. Here’s the CD option that I just might pre-order!

3xCD Rarities – $35

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 all odds 3xcd pack shot
Numero Group | US | 3xCD | 2022

Blondie: Against All Odds 1974-1982 – US – 3xCD [2022]

  1. X Offender (Intro)
  2. X Offender (Private Stock Single)
  3. In The Sun (Private Stock Single)
  4. Little Girl Lies (Private Stock Mix)
  5. In The Flesh (Extended Intro)
  6. A Shark In Jets Clothing (Take 2)
  7. Kung Fu Girls (Take 8)
  8. Scenery
  9. Denis (Terry Ellis Mix)
  10. Bermuda Triangle Blues – Flight 45 (Take 1)
  11. I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No (Take 1)
  12. I’m On E (Take 2)
  13. Kidnapper (Take 2)
  14. Detroit 442 (Take 2)
  15. Poets Problem
  16. Once I Had A Love (Mike Chapman Demo)
  17. Sunday Girl (French Version)
  18. I’ll Never Break Away From This Heart Of Mine (Pretty Baby)
  19. Hanging On The Telephone (Mike Chapman Demo)
  20. Will Anything Happen (Instrumental)
  21. Underground Girl
  22. Call Me
  23. Spaghetti Song (Atomic Part 2)
  24. Die Young Stay Pretty (Take 1)
  25. Union City Blue (Instrumental)
  26. Llámame
  27. I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer (Go Through It)
  28. Live It Up (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
  29. Angels on the Balcony (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
  30. Tide Is High (Demo)
  31. Susie & Jeffrey
  32. Rapture (Disco Version)
  33. Autoamerican Ad
  34. Yuletide Throwdown
  35. Nameless (Home Tape)
  36. Sunday Girl (Home Tape)
  37. Theme From Topkapi (Home Tape)
  38. The Hardest Part (Home Tape)
  39. Ring of Fire (Home Tape)
  40. War Child (Chris Stein Mix)
  41. Call Me (Chris Stein Mix)
  42. Heart of Glass (Chris Stein Mix)
  43. Moonlight Drive
  44. Mr. Sightseer
  45. Out In The Streets (1974)
  46. The Disco Song
  47. Sexy Ida
  48. Platinum Blonde [Betrock demo]
  49. The Thin Line [Betrock demo]
  50. Puerto Rico [Betrock demo]
  51. Once I Had A Love (Betrock demo 1975)
  52. Out In The Streets (Betrock demo 1975)

All of this comes with a 184 pp. foil printed hardcover book of the band’s story. And the glorious aspect of every format is that there’s no “exclusive music” that you have to upsell for. There are 52 bonus tracks [36 previously unreleased] in every version of this you can buy. Your choice of formats. That’s downright lovable. So you want this bonus material on LP only? You’re covered there as well.

4xLP Rarities – $100

Numero Group | US | 4xLP |2022

Blondie: Against All Odds 1974-1982 – US – 4xLP [2022]

Refer to above for tracklist.

I’m pretty excited about the de-bundling of the bonus materials here and will be pre-ordering this somewhere along the way. Street date is August 26, 2022, so if this calls out in any way to you, you know what to do.

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33 Responses to Want List: Long Time Coming Blondie BSOG Revisits Band’s “Classic” Era

  1. Steve Shafer says:

    PPM,

    I have all of the original LPs, so I love that you can order just the rare material! What a concept!

    Best,

    Steve

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  2. Big Mark says:

    I’ve already ordered my copy of the 3CD set! How cool is that? I sure don’t need to buy those albums again, and bless their pointed little heads for not forcing one to do so.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Big Mark – I’m definitely interested in hearing all of the early material pre-Private Stock, but the Private Stock singles and Betrock demos are here too. I was not enough of a fan to bother with nth gen. bootlegs of this material, and now it’s in the best possible quality. What’s not to love?

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  3. Holy Xist, this is hands down the most stunning reversal of the Big Music paradigm I have ever witnessed. UNBUNDLING bonus material?!? Complete feature parity across all released formats?!?! I don’t have to buy ALL FOUR PACKAGES in order to get the complete set?!?!?

    I can’t believe any businessman (or woman, thank you very much Ms Harry) signed off on such a MAD VENTURE, particularly in these cynical end-times. It’s almost as if… BMI and ASCAP were at the end of their ropes. And the big labels were folding like a house of cards. And the INMATES (nee Fans) were finally running the asylum….

    We can only hope that The Numero Group understand the wild, world-altering paradigm shift they’re inciting, and are able to continue in this vein in future releases….

    I can’t list the times I’ve refused on principal to buy something I otherwise would have pounced on, out of pure resentment for the money-grubbing “slightly different bonuses on each format”, “collectors are all just SUCKERS” mindset taken by … well, pretty much everyone else in The Industry.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      The Grumpy Curmudgeon™ – It’s kind of thrilling, isn’t it??! And usually format grubbing with a body of music split across packages of intensifying cost more often than not instills format paralysis™ in me. Preventing me from getting any of the music that I ostensibly want!

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  4. The 8CD package is already sold out. I have some of the albums, and had planned on picking up the reissues with their sundry bonus material, then there was this announcement. I thought “Hey, maybe I can get the albums this time in one fell swoop.” Darn. Sold out. That was … disappointing. I am not going to spend $200 on the vinyl (I managed to pick up the Ramones Record Store day box, and THAT blew any cache I had built up) so I’m “stuck” getting the bonus material. Thank you to Numero for providing a package that fans can actually pick up. You might want to order yours before THAT is sold out as well.

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    • Tim says:

      I wonder how much of the soldout-edness of this is supply chain issues. It’s already been delayed a lot and I suspect they’re trying to get it out into your hands…..one way or another.

      I have a ton of books on my wish list that are delayed again and again and again. Paper.
      One of them is a history of Soviet era bootleg material that folks would record on anything, including x-rays. Now threatened for October. I think that they want a parallel release, physical and digital, Clearly the digital could have goine live last year if it had been released as expected but nowadays everything seems to be buggered up.

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    • The RAHB! says:

      @postmoderndad, In any event I would strongly recommend buying just the bonus material, along with the Deluxe Collector’s Editions of the albums themselves – you’ll end up with significantly more music that way… For instance, the Parallel Lines DCE has four bonus tracks NOT available in this boxed set:
      – Heart of Glass (7″ version)
      – Sunday Girl (French Version)
      – Hanging on the Telephone (Nosebleed Handbag remix)
      – Fade Away and Radiate (108 BPM remix)

      The other albums have similar extra material, so they’re highly recommended to buy separately…

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      postpostmoderndad – The RAHB!® is right! The 2001 editions [and even the UK 1994 editions] have bonus tracks that are in many cases only on those CDs.

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  5. The RAHB! says:

    Ook, I lied. The French version of Sunday Girl IS in this box. My bad. Though that said, the DCEs are still well worth the effort to track down.

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  6. Those first four Blondie albums are pretty solid material overall and loaded with immortal singles, so at first I thought to myself “I don’t have previous extended CD s of these albums, so I might just go for that $100 set” until I was reminded by the RAHB-i (Monk? RAHB-i? GET IT???) that the DCE versions aren’t sold out, so I concur that’s the way to go and buy the rarities set separately! Thanks! Bonus points for allowing me to skip the completely awful The Hunter entirely!

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    • Hugh Hall says:

      ‘The Hunter’ is worth it for ‘The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game’ on it’s own!

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      • Taffy says:

        Oh, the much maligned Hunter album really isn’t half bad. I’ve found that with time I’ve had to reevaluate it from a tired labored jumble to something rather intriguing. And the highlights (for me – English Boys, Dragonfly, For Your Eyes Only, and Smokey Robinson cover) really only sound inferior to the band’s prior glories, but are lovely pop on their own. Your mileage (obviously) may vary!

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        • postpunkmonk says:

          Taffy – I bought it on release and it was part of the 1985 Great Vinyl Purge. Lived without “The Hunter” for 33 years! When I revisited, it was just as bad as I remembered. I’d even suppressed memories of songs like “Little Caesar!” But I’ll grant you “English Boys” was its high water mark.

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  7. Update: just visited the shop.blondie.com site, and now all the box sets are listed as available for pre-order, but the rarities-only CD set is listed as sold out! GRRRR! Methinks we’re being played here, fans …

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      chasinvictoria – I think the shop is having issues. Because when I first went there the full CD box was sold out, so I wrote a completely different intro paragraph and when I re-loaded the tab later to check on something, it was on sale again! So I had to re-write.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      chasinvictoria – importcds.com have the full allotment of formats for sale at the best prices. Just saying.

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  8. Dave Turner says:

    All formats easily available in the UK. On HMV.com for instance. Looking forward to this too. Seen them live twice in the UK, awesome band and truly legends.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Dave Turner – I was getting wildly variable results on availability on both the official Blondie store as well as the Numero Group store [which has significantly higher prices for everything]. The CD box was out then in stock in the time I wrote my post yesterday! But there should be lots of other outlets that people can investigate. Like ImportCDs.com have the CD box for $98! They are a great resource.

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  9. SimonH says:

    Numero Uno have released some great compilations, impressed that Blondie used them here.
    Love the artwork for the 3 cd collection, may have to order it…

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      SimonH – Given that the 52 rarities skew heavily toward the band’s formative era is of great interest to me. I can’t wait to hear this music. And demos of stuff from “The Hunter?” will they be a revelation? Hmmm.

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  10. Taffy says:

    Blondie maniac here, slobbering in anticipation of holding these goodies in my hands. Preordered both vinyl and CD sets (vinyl will never be played, I’m strictly a CD guy, but wanted both books!!!) the day I heard the offer go live. Of COURSE I wish the box had everything – the 7″ and 12″ mixes, live stuff, etc etc. But rather than complain I’ll just empty my wallet and (not so) quietly await the August release date. And cross my fingers there isn’t a last minute delay.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Taffy – Yay! You got here. I always am on pins + needles with my Blondie posts awaiting your expert takes! So you went ALL IN, of course! Black or red vinyl? Yeah, those books, especially the discography book…taunt me with their allure! I’m just amazed that there’s no squeezing the fans with bonus music on one format over the other! The fact that the same music is on each format is very much appreciated. That I can just get the 52 rarities on CD [!] is legendary. How often does some wag wish for this but it never happens…until now!

      And bite your tongue on any further delays! We’ve already had 3+ years of that happening! If I had a noseful of nickels for every time this project had a setback, I’d already have enough dinero to make my order with impunity!

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      • Taffy says:

        I actually got one of the limited (to 500, i think) “platinum” collections – so presumably white or silver vinyl. I’ll be a very pretty doorstop! Seriously thrilled that ALL audio material is on the CD set too – I needed both books but on principle demand (but hardly ever receive) all music be available on whatever format one chooses. Don’t force me to buy vinyl (or worse, a damn cassette) when I dont need it.

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        • postpunkmonk says:

          Taffy – Ah, so the Numero Group store has the “Platinum Blonde” color vinyl edition and the Blondie store has the red vinyl edition. Decisions, decisions! ¡Mamacita! That’s priiiiiiicey! I hear you on the multiformat marketing! The one time I didn’t mind buying the cassette was for Altered Imaged “Mascara Streakz!” I’d be churlish to naysay getting the CD, CD bonus EP and cassette – all autographed By Ms. Grogan for just $20!

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          • Taffy says:

            After seeing Clare and co in December I got pretty jazzed for Mascara Streakz, despite the 8 month lag time! I too went for bundle with the CD, bonus EP and cassette, altho that stupid little tape will sit unloved in a box somewhere!

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  11. negative1ne says:

    hi mr monk,

    i am partial blondie and deborah harry fan.
    i ONLY collect singles, and remixes from them.
    i don’t have any of their albums, except for compilations.

    now this, i’m glad to see that they are putting the rarities on
    separate discs and vinyl. i’m good with that.

    even if they didn’t, i would have still have bought it,
    because thats what collectors do.

    i doubt other companies will follow the lead, because
    companies are there to make money.

    and the whole point of special releases is to have material
    to make you purchase it again.

    am i enabling them. probably. but its about the music, and
    what you are comfortable with in getting it.

    later
    -1

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    • Hugh Hall says:

      Buy Parallel Lines and pretend it’s a Greatest Hits because every track on that album (bar the last one) would have been a massive hit if released as a single. It already contains 4 massive hits, namely ‘Hanging On The Telephone’, ‘Picture This’, ‘Sunday Girl’ and ‘Heart Of Glass’ and EVERY other track (bar the last) stands up with those in terms of quality. It’s an absolute work of genius (bar the last track!). 20,000,000 Blondie fans can’t be wrong!

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      • postpunkmonk says:

        Hugh Hall – I had to look and when I did, I saw “Just Go Away” and I have to say, I totally agree with you. There’s a reason why I don’t remember that song… But I still prefer “Eat To The Beat” head + shoulders to “Parallel Lines!” And yes… that includes “Victor.”

        Especially “Victor!” Which should have been spelled with a “k” instead of a “c” if you ask me.

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