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"The Platinum Collection"

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track listing
Disc One:
  • X Offender
  • In The Flesh
  • Man Overboard
  • Rip Her To Shreds
  • Denis
  • Contact In Red Square
  • Kung Fu Girls
  • I'm On E
  • (I'm Always
    Touched By Your)
    Presence Dear
  • Poets Problem
  • Detroit 442
  • Picture This
  • Fade Away And
  • I'm Gonna Love
    You Too
  • Just Go Away
  • Hanging On
    The Telephone
  • Will Anything Happen
  • Heart Of Glass
  • Rifle Range
  • 11:59
  • Sunday Girl
  • I Know But
    I Don't Know
  • One Way Or Another
  • Dreaming
  • Sound-A-Sleep
  • Living In The
    Real World
    Disc Two:
  • Union City Blue
  • The Hardest Part
  • Atomic
  • Die Young Stay Pretty
  • Slow Motion
  • Call Me
  • The Tide Is High
  • Susie And Jeffrey
  • Rapture
  • Walk Like Me
  • Island Of Lost Souls
  • Dragonfly
  • War Child
  • Little Caesar
  • Out In The Streets
  • Platinum Blonde
  • The Thin Line
  • Puerto Rico
  • Once I Had A Love
  • Atomic (Diddy Remix)
  • Rature (K-klass Remix)

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    "The Platinum Collection"

    Blondie's The Platinum Collection is a compilation of their well-known hits, album cuts, and unreleased recordings. Blondie was on the rise as an up and coming New Wave/Punk band in the late 1970s, when the latest new sound was becoming popular. Blondie, featuring a lead vocalist blonde (obviously) turned heads to the male-dominated rock world, but towards the end of the 1970s, female acts were becoming (if not more) popular than their male rock allies.

    Starting with their self-titled debut, songs such as "X Offender," "Man Overboard," and the popular "Rip Her To Shreds" was proving to the rock world that not only a new sound was forming, but a new band was also on the rise, in trying to become popular. "In The Flesh" shows an "innocent sound" for Blondie, as these tracks from their debut would have a more new wave sound, than the traditional punk style.

    Yet, the traditional fast-paced punk style was the main sound for tracks from their second album, Plastic Letters on this compilation: "Contact In Red Square," "Kung Fu Girls," "I'm On E," and "Detroit 442." Other new wave sounders include their hit "Denis," and "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear." In looking at the liner notes, the pleasant "Poets Problem" was not listed as a song from a Blondie album, nor was it discussed from short interviews about each song. So, we figure this song is a non-album track, unreleased.

    Blondie's next album, Parallel Lines became their breakthrough album, which would feature their first #1 hit record, "Heart Of Glass." Other album tracks from this album included "Picture This," a new wave rocker, which proved that by each album made, Blondie was becoming better, and tighter as a band. "Fade Away And Radiate" has a mysterious atmosphere, being a different style than the traditional new wave/punk style. Returning back to the new wave/punk "head bopping fast, from left-to-right," is "I'm Gonna Love You Too." "Just Go Away" is another good rocker, as we can easily see how the Parallel Lines release became a major popular album for Blondie. The rocking "Hanging On The Telephone" is another good song, and "Will Anything Happen" happens to be a fast-paced, in-your-face punk styled rocker.

    "Rifle Range" returns back to Blondie's debut album, as once again, it has a traditional (and very well-done) new wave/rock style. "11:59" (returning to Parallel Lines), was the flip-side of the 45 rpm single of "Heart Of Glass" I used to have -- another good new wave styled song. "Sunday Girl" has an "innocent sound" again, and has a somewhat 1960s girl-group style to it. "I Know But I Don't Know" has a rough and gritty punk/rock sound, having one the male members of Blondie on vocals. This one is very different than the standard Deborah Harry vocal songs we're familiar with. And of course, any Blondie collection would not be complete without "One Way Or Another," another 45 rpm record (and personal favorite Blondie tune of mine...) I used to have.

    Eat To The Beat, Blondie's third album, begins with "Dreaming," another personal Blondie favorite of mine, and another popular hit for the band. "Sound-A-Sleep" is a ballad, and wow.. it's a beautiful song! Completely different than the typical new wavers or punk-styler tunes, this song was probably overlooked -- a great album cut. "Living In The Real World" returns with the punkish rock style, where "Union City Blue" is a rock/new wave styled song. "The Hardest Part" is definitely Rock than that of either New Wave or Punk. New Wave (with some James Bondish guitars) best describes "Atomic," "Die Young Stay Pretty" has a reggae rock sound (which would be in prepration for songs from their next album, Autoamerican); "Slow Motion" has a dance-rock approach, and some may think that this song could easily be one of Madonna's songs, from her early years.

    Blondies' second #1 hit record was a soundtrack hit, from the movie American Gigolo, which starred an unknown Richard Gere, and popular actress Lauren Hutton. A huge hit, it would be #1 for many weeks. Blondie's next album would feature their third #1 hit, the reggae-tinged "The Tide Is High" from Autoamerican. "Susie And Jeffrey" is considered a non-album track, as the liner notes did not reference what album this song came from, but I believe it was the flip-side of either "Call Me" or "One Way Or Another," having both 45 rpm singles. It's sound would be common of 1980s females, which would later surface in the decade. Autoamerican would also include Blondie's fourth #1 hit, "Rapture." Deborah Harry would recite lyrics that would later generate a new sound, which was actually introduced in the 1970s, as Rap music. "Just Like Me" has the new wave/punk style as heard in later groups such as The Runaways/Joan Jett.

    The carribbean sounds can be heard on "Island Of Lost Souls," a song from their next album, The Hunter. This song also has a 1980s dance rock feel, similar to that of Samantha Fox, likewise the next song "Dragonfly." This song may not be as enjoyable as the previous 3 albums, and it was obvious to see that Blondie's once raging popularity was beginning to decline. "War Child" proves this, likewise "Little Caesar" -- where adjusting to the 1980s dance style (for "War Child") and the reggae rock style ("Little Caesar") -- it seems that the spark in trying to adjust to a new musical direction just didn't appeal to many as when they bursted on the New Wave/Punk scene. After the release of The Hunter, Blondie disbanded.

    The remaining tracks on The Platinum Collection are unreleased recordings. "Out In The Streets" (1975) has the "innocent sound," and this new wave tune could easily have appeared on Blondie's debut album. "Platinum Blonde" (also from 1975), has a typical old-fashioned rock style, yet mixed with New Wave, it could have fitted with either of their first two albums. "The Thin Line" (1975) has a more Punk style, and could easily have been included on Plastic Letters. "Puerto Rico" is another song from 1975, and it just have been a "lost track" as it was a bit different than the songs heard on the first albums. "Once I Had A Love" (1975) is really "Heart Of Glass" in a much slower rock style. Remixes of "Atomic (Diddy Remix)" features heavy synthesizers, and the remix of "Rapture (K-klass Remix)" can be easily compared to the dance club mixes of Madonna's "Fever" and/or "Vogue."

    For the music fan just being introduced to Blondie's music, The Platinum Collection is an excellent choice in hearing a young band trying to make a name for themselves in the New Wave/Punk scene. They would accomplish themselves as one of the most popular bands from this type of music, and become part of music history, being a well-known popular band with a female singer who not only performed well, but looked extremely pretty as well.

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