Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision

Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision

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If you consulted a Blondie discography in the fall of 2002, you would see a slew of compilations listed, and you might wonder why a new Greatest Hits was needed. But a closer examination would reveal that there really is a niche into which such a collection would fall: that of a full-priced, single-disc, CD-era hits compilation covering the band's entire career. Although still in print, The Best of Blondie is a 12-track release from the LP era, first issued back in 1981 in between Blondie's fifth and sixth regular albums. 1988's Once More Into the Bleach combines Blondie and Debbie Harry solo tracks. 1993's Blonde & Beyond is a rarities set. 1994's The Platinum Collection fills two CDs and is thus pricey. 1995's The Remix Project contains remixes. There have also been short, discount-priced collections and overseas compilations, but the niche remains -- and Greatest Hits fills it. It contains among its 19 tracks all ten of the band's U.S. chart singles as well as their major U.K. hits that did not chart in America. "X Offender," Blondie's 1976 debut single, is included, and so is "Maria," their 1999 comeback hit. By sequencing the album out of chronological order, the compilers emphasize the band's eclecticism. You don't get to hear Blondie's evolution from their early bubblegum punk style into the efficient power pop of the Mike Chapman productions and on into ersatz disco, rap, and Caribbean music; everything is all mixed up. The tropical 1980-1981 hit "The Tide Is High," for example, is followed by the belligerent "X Offender" from four years earlier, and the tough-talking "Rip Her to Shreds" gives way to the early hip-hop of "Rapture." Chronological order would have been better, but the hits are all here.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094634586320
catalogNumber: 45863
Rank: 54381


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blondie   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Holt   Composer
Doors   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Jimmy Destri   Composer
Craig Leon   Producer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer,Producer
Roy Ashby   Composer
Howard Barrett   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Producer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Kevin Griffin   Composer
Nigel Harrison   Composer
Chris Stein   Composer
Steve Thompson   Producer
Mike Chapman   Producer
Neil Levenson   Composer
Matt Damico   Executive Producer
Tyrone Evans   Composer
Claudio Camaione   Producer
Paolo Cilione   Producer
Mark Vidler   Producer
Jack Lee   Composer

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