Blondie announces the release of the box set


Blondie announces the release of the box set

Blondie: Against All Odds 1974-1982 Release scheduled for August 26

June 08, 2022

Photograph by Shig Ikeda

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Blondie announced the release of a box set, Blondie: Against All Odds 1974-1982which will be released on August 26. The box set, which will be available on standard and deluxe CD and vinyl, includes the band’s first six albums recorded for Chrysalis (blonde, plastic letters, parallel lines, Eat to the rhythm, Autoamericanand The hunter) as well as a variety of demos, samples and alternate versions of songs. See the box set cover art and full set of track listings below.

Singer Debbie Harry said in a press release: “It’s truly a treat to see how far we’ve come when listening to these early attempts to capture our ideas on relatively primitive equipment. Fortunately, the essence of being in a band in the early 70s contained some of the anti-social and counter-cultural energies of the bands that were the influencers of the 60s. I’m excited about this special collection. When I listen to these old songs, it puts me there as if I was a traveler in time. As bad as it was sometimes, it was also just as good. No regrets. More music.”

“I hope this project will provide some insight into the ‘process’ and journey songs take from idea to final form,” adds guitarist Chris Stein. “Some of this stuff looks like early sketches; old tape recorders are like primitive notebooks. The trickiest thing for me was always getting the melodies out of my head into reality and the changes that would happen along the way.

Drummer Clem Burke says, “It’s amazing that after all this time, and against all odds, our Blondie archival box set is finally out. It’s been a long time coming and we’re all very happy and excited with the end results.

“From the moment I walked into Chris Stein’s barn and saw a wall of tape, I knew we were on the verge of something amazing,” producer Ken Shipley said. “Against all odds is a treasure chest disguised as a box.

“Blondie is an amazing group of artists,” said producer Steve Rosenthal. “Years of research, months of mixing, mastering and restoration, days of decisions have gone into this box set to highlight the unique path they have traveled – from CBGB to MSG.”

Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition

Studio albums:

blonde

In front of

1. X Offender
2. Little girl lies
3. In the Flesh
4. Look good in blue
5. In the sun
6. A shark dressed in jets

B-side

1. Man Overboard
2. Tear it to shreds
3. Range
4. Kung Fu Girl
5. Attack of the giant ants

plastic letters

In front of

1. Fan Mail
2. Dennis
3. Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45)
4. A youngster caught as a sniper
5. Contact Red Square
6. (I am always touched by your) presence, dear
7. I’m on E

B-side

1. I didn’t have the courage to say no
2. Love at the Pier
3. Lack of imagination
4. Kidnapper
5. Detroit 442
6. Cautious Lip

parallel lines

In front of

1. Hanging on the phone
2. Somehow
3. Picture this
4. Disappear and radiate
5. Pretty baby
6. I know but I don’t know

B-side

1. 11:59
2. Will anything happen
3. The Sunday Girl
4. Heart of Glass
5. I will love you too
6. Leave

Eat to the rhythm

In front of

1. Dream
2. The hardest part
3. Union City Blue
4. Shayla
5. Eat to the rhythm
6. Accidents never happen

B-side

1. Die young, stay pretty
2. Slow motion
3. Atomic
4. Sound-A-Sleep
5.Victor
6. Live in the real world

Autoamerican

In front of

1. Europe
2. Take advantage
3. Here’s Who’s Watching You
4. The tide is high
5. Angels on the balcony
6. Go for it

B-side

1. Go black
2. Rapture
3. Faces
4. T-Birds
5. Walk Like Me
6. Follow Me

The hunter

In front of

1. Orchid Club
2. Island of Lost Souls
3. Dragonfly
4. For your eyes only
5. The Beast

B-side

1. War Child
2. Little Caesar
3. Dance path
4. (Can I) find the right words (to say)
5. English Boys
6. The hunter is captured by the game

BONUS TRACKS

7″ 45 rpm

1. Moonlight Walk
2. Mr. Tourist

10″ LP Out-takes & rarities (“Out In The Streets”)

Side A (1974 Session)

1. In the Streets (1974)
2. The disco song
3. Sexy Ida

B-side (Betrock demo)

1. Platinum Blonde
2. The thin line
3. Puerto Rico
4. Once I Had a Love (1975)
5. In the streets (1975)

LP 1 Outtakes & Rarities (‘Plaza Sound’)

In front of

1. X Offender (Intro)
2. X Offender (Private Stock Single)
3. In the Sun (Private Single Stock)
4. Little Girl Lies (Private Stock Mix)
5. In The Flesh (Extended Intro)
6. A shark in jet clothes (take 2)
7. Kung Fu Girls (Take 8)
8. Landscape

B-side

1. Denis (Terry Ellis Mix)
2. Bermuda Triangle Blues – Vol 45 (Take 1)
3. I didn’t have the courage to say no (take 1)
4. I’m on E (Take 2)
5. Kidnapper (take 2)
6. Detroit 442 (Take 2)
7. Problem of poets

LP 2 Out-takes & rarities (‘Parallel Beats’)

In front of

1. Once I Had A Love (Mike Chapman Demo)
2. Sunday Girl (French version)
3. I will never break with my heart (Pretty Baby)
4. Hooked on the Phone (Mike Chapman Demo)
5. Will Something Happen (Instrumental)
6. Underground Girl

B-side

1. Call me
2. Spaghetti Song (Atomic Part 2)
3. Die young, stay pretty (take 1)
4. Union City Blue (Instrumental)
5. Llamame

LP 3 Out-takes & rarities (‘Coca Cola’)

In front of

1. I love you honey, give me a beer (pass by)
2. Live It Up (demo by Giorgio Moroder)
3. Angels on the Balcony (Demo Giorgio Moroder)
4. The tide is high (demo)
5. Susie and Jeffrey

B-side

1. Rapture (Disco Version)
2. Auto-American ad
3. The Overthrow of Yuletide

LP 4 Out-takes & rarities (‘Home Tapes’)

In front of

1. Unnamed (home band)
2. Sunday Girl (home recording)
3. Topkapi Theme (Home Band)
4. The Hardest Part (Home Tape)
5. Ring of Fire (home band)

B-side

1. Child of War (Chris Stein Mix)
2. Call Me (Chris Stein Mix)
3. Glass Heart (Chris Stein Mix)

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