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Blondie - Parallel Lines - Deborah Harry - 1978 New Wave Electro Synth Dance LP

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Canada Issue
vinyl LP
Record: VG++ close to mint
Cover: VG+ VG++ ringwear and slight wear to spine


Side One:

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

Side Two:

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.

BLONDIE kicked around for several years and released a couple of albums without developing more than a very localized New York following, where the band was generally considered a sort of punk-pop fusion and then in the late 1970s came PARALLEL LINES, which vaulted them to a superstardom seldom seen even in the high profile music world. And listening to the recording today it is easy to understand why: absolutely everything about the album is perfect.
As a whole, PARALLEL LINES manages to walk a fine line between several different musical styles. Most of the tracks have a bouncy, almost bubble-gum feel, catchy and memorable with driving rhythms. But the arrangements are anything but bubble-gum. They rely on a mix of synthesizers and traditional drums-bass-guitar in a way that essentially defines the entire "new wave" sound of the late 1970s. And the lyrics, often savage, frequently satircal, and always memorable, are edgy and witty and sharp and about as far from pop as one can get.

All of that would have been enough to make a hit album but BLONDIE also had the front singer to end all front singers Debbie Harry, who mixed tough and sexy and pretty and naughty to tremendous effect and whose full-throated voice actually contrived to SOUND blonde. Whether we're talking about the sleek, disco-like "Heart of Glass" or the punk-edged "Just Go Away" or the new wave "Fade Away and Radiate," the music here suits her unique voice perfectly and the result is a truly flawless group of recordings that set the standard for the next decade. Blondie would do several more recordings before the band collapsed, and some of them would be very good but PARALLEL LINES is IT, a landmark in the pop music lexicon. This remastered release, which includes a couple of live recordings for good measure, is an essential in any pop music library. Strongly recommended.

Blondie - Heart of Glass


Her music is as enjoyable today as it was when it was released. In other words, she has passed the test of time. A true test for any musical artist.

Blondie - Sunday Girl 1979

Debbie Harry was hands down the most beautiful rock singer ever. Just saw her a few hours ago in person before introducing a film at MoMA in New York, about two feet from me for quite a while, and she's still beautiful in 2011.

Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone (Official Video)

Blondie - One Way Or Another

Blondie - Fade Away And Radiate - photographs by Andy Warhol

Blondie - 11 59

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 30 September, 2012.

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