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“Parallel Lines” (30th Anniversary Edition) by Blondie

Artist: Blondie
Title: “Parallel Lines” (30th Anniversary Edition)
Label: Capitol Records/EMI Music
Release Date: 6/24/2008
Genre: New Wave Rock
Rating: 4/5

It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since Blondie released “Parallel Lines”, an album that while it wasn’t the bands first, was one that definitely secured them a place in music history for the decades to follow. The main tune on the release as many well know is “Heart Of Glass” and this became a radio staple and has even been referred to as one of the best song’s ever written by Blender magazine. Of course growing up on your more conventional Hard Rock and Punk of the time, I preferred the album’s other offerings such as “One Way Or Another” and “Hanging On The Telephone” for they were more in line with the tempo and styles that I was finding myself into. “Sunday Girl” was another winner, and getting the chance to enjoy them on a new remastered edition of the album was fantastic. During their heyday, I always found myself enjoying some of the musical adventures that guitarist Chris Stein and the stunning Debbie Harry were up to, and I even remember that I used to try and slam out the drumming that Clem Burke used to do for the numbers I referenced earlier. The whole release includes an insightful liner notes booklet and there is commentary from Stein and Harry who explain their thoughts of the time on the album’s creation. If you are someone who still has an old musty vinyl sitting around, now is your chance to upgrade and hear these tunes with the memory of how important to you they once were, and probably still are. Congratulations on the anniversary, it’s great to realize that a New York band like your own had the staying power and that your music still sounds fresh when compared to the current scene.
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