“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.

DVD: “Picture This” (promo video), “Hanging On The Telephone” (promo video), “Heart Of Glass” (promo video), “Sunday Girl” (BBC TV “Top Of The Pops”) – previously unreleased.
*** The DVD delivers the band’s promotional videos for the songs and older fans will remember these films from the early days of MTV where they were all in constant rotation. There is also the bands appearance on the BBC program “Top Of The Pops” and that was an awesome inclusion since while a lot of footage like this exists, we so rarely get a chance to enjoy it. Lucky for us, Blondie decided to add their clip to the release.

Track Listing:
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. Heart Of Glass – (7′ single version)
14. Sunday Girl – (French version)
15. Hanging On The Telephone (Nosebleed Handbag Remix)
16. Fade Away and Radiate (108 BPM Remix)

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