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The Best of Blondie
The Best of Blondie
Blondie - The Best Of Blondie.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 1981
Recorded1976-1980
GenreNew wave
Length44:13 (USA, Canada)
48:42 (International)
LabelChrysalis Records
ProducerMike Chapman
Richard Gottehrer
Giorgio Moroder
Blondie chronology
Autoamerican
(1980)
The Best of Blondie
(1981)
The Hunter
(1982)

The Best of Blondie (released in Germany and the Netherlands as Blondie's Hits) is the first compilation album by the band Blondie. Released in October 1981,[5] the album peaked at #4 in the UK, #30 in the U.S., and became their only #1 album in Australia.

Overview

The album was issued in several versions with different track inclusion and running order which varied slightly between North American and international editions of The Best of Blondie, highlighting the popularity of particular songs in different countries. The U.S. and Canadian editions included "One Way or Another", which was not issued as a single in Europe. The international version of the album included three songs that were not on the US release: "Denis", "Picture This" and "Union City Blue".[]

Blondie's producer Mike Chapman remixed four tracks specially for this album. "Heart of Glass (Special Mix)" is a version that combines elements from the original album version (also 7" single mix in the UK) and the instrumental version. "In the Flesh (Special Mix)" is a Phil Spector-esque mix, with lots of echo. "Sunday Girl (Special Mix)" mixes vocals from the previously released French language version of the song with the original English version. "Rapture (Special Mix)" is an edited version of the 12" Disco Mix released in the UK and Europe and includes an extra verse that did not appear on the album Autoamerican on which the song was originally issued.[]

The album cover was shot in June 1978 by British photographer Martyn Goddard on a roof in mid-town Manhattan.[6]

Video version

A video version of the album was released, featuring the band's music videos. The video was interspersed with footage of a New York City taxi driver who would see Blondie videos being played on TV screens throughout the city. During the intro sequence the song "Call Me" is played, making it another music video. "Sunday Girl" (incomplete) is played during the end credits. The Best of Blondie video album was rereleased on DVD in 2002 as a part of Greatest Video Hits to coincide with the release of the CD Greatest Hits. However, the songs "Call Me" and "Sunday Girl" were omitted from the track listing, but not from the video itself. In addition to the entirety of The Best of Blondie, this DVD also includes three bonus tracks not on the original release: "The Hardest Part", "Island of Lost Souls", and the band's 1999 hit "Maria".

Track listing

US Version

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Heart of Glass" (Special Mix)D. Harry / C. SteinParallel Lines4:33
2."Dreaming"D. Harry / C. SteinEat to the Beat3:06
3."The Tide Is High"J. HoltAutoamerican4:41
4."In the Flesh" (Special Mix)D. Harry / C. SteinBlondie2:29
5."Sunday Girl" (Special Mix)C. SteinParallel Lines3:03
6."Hanging on the Telephone"J. LeeParallel Lines2:21
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
7."Rapture" (Special Mix)D. Harry / C. SteinAutoamerican5:36
8."One Way or Another"D. Harry / N. HarrisonParallel Lines3:33
9."(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"G. ValentinePlastic Letters2:42
10."Call Me"G. Moroder / D. HarryAmerican Gigolo3:32
11."Atomic"D. Harry / J. DestriEat to the Beat4:39
12."Rip Her to Shreds"D. Harry / C. SteinBlondie3:22

International Version

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Heart of Glass" (special mix)D. Harry / C. SteinParallel Lines4:33
2."Denis"N. LevensonPlastic Letters2:18
3."The Tide Is High"J. HoltAutoamerican4:41
4."In the Flesh" (special mix)D. Harry / C. SteinBlondie2:29
5."Sunday Girl" (special mix)C. SteinParallel Lines3:03
6."Dreaming"D. Harry / C. SteinEat to the Beat3:08
7."Hanging on the Telephone"J. LeeParallel Lines2:21
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
8."Rapture" (special mix)D. Harry / C. SteinAutoamerican5:36
9."Picture This"D. Harry / C. Stein / J. DestriParallel Lines2:59
10."Union City Blue"D. Harry / N. HarrisonEat to the Beat3:23
11."(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"G. ValentinePlastic Letters2:42
12."Call Me"G. Moroder / D. HarryAmerican Gigolo3:32
13."Atomic"D. Harry / J. DestriEat to the Beat4:39
14."Rip Her to Shreds"D. Harry / C. SteinBlondie3:22

Video Version

No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Call Me"D. Harry / C. SteinAmerican Gigolo3:42
2."In the Flesh"D. Harry / C. SteinBlondie2:27
3."X Offender"D. Harry / G. ValentineBlondie4:31
4."Denis"N. LevensonPlastic Letters2:10
5."Detroit 442"J. Destri / C. SteinPlastic Letters9:34
6."I'm Always Touched by Your Presence, Dear"G. ValentinePlastic Letters2:46
7."Picture This"D. Harry / C. Stein / J. DestriParallel Lines3:04
8."Hanging on the Telephone"J. LeeParallel Lines4:31
9."Heart of Glass"D. Harry / C. SteinParallel Lines4:31
10."Dreaming"D. Harry / C. SteinEat to the Beat2:58
11."Union City Blue"D. Harry / N. HarrisonEat to the Beat4:39
12."Atomic"D. Harry / J. DestriEat to the Beat4:03
13."Tide Is High"J. HoltAutoamerican3:56
14."Rapture"D. Harry / C. SteinAutoamerican4:55
15."Sunday Girl"C. SteinParallel Lines3:21

Chart positions

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] none 200,000[14]
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[16] Gold 10,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[17] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ "Birch, Ian (15 October 1981). "Album Reviews". Smash Hits. EMAP Metro. 3 (21): 25.
  5. ^ "The Best Of Blondie - 1981". rip-her-to-shreds.com. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Picture This - Blondie by Martyn Goddard". SNAP Galleries. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "100 Albums". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 35 (18). 28 November 1981. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Blondie - The Best Of" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz - Blondie - The Best Of". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Blondie | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Blondie Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Canadian 1981 Top 100 Albums". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "Major fight economics with quirky rock originals". Billboard. 12 June 1982. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1982 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  16. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award - 1982". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "New Zealand album certifications - Blondie - The Best of Blondie". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "BPI - Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved . Note: User needs to enter "Blondie" in the "Keywords" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Search" button. Select "More >>" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  19. ^ "Searchable Database". riaa.com. Retrieved 2014.

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