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Blondie: Parallel Lines

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.135) - Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "Women In Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...[Featuring] gemlike visions of obsessive love, equal parts jangle and reverie..."

Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.106) - Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records".

Rolling Stone (6/8/00, p.129) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...Black and white and saucy all over....ripping [New Wave's] mask off...[showing] that the music had never been anything but contagious, glossy melodics, some of which one could dance too....a hash of genre distinctions..."

Spin (11/01, p.137) - "...The perfect pop-rock record..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/21/01, p.85) - "...Full of sublime trashiness and sharply etched tunefulness..." - Rating: B

Q (10/01, p.143) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A crossover smash with sparkling guitar sounds, terrific hooks and middle-eights more memorable than some groups' choruses. 6 of the 12 tracks were released as singles..."

Alternative Press (7/01, p.96) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Women's Rock Albums" - "...Blondie's breakthrough third album..."

CMJ (1/6/03, p.10) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"

CMJ (1/5/04, p.6) - "Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1979".

NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #16 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.

NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #52 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of All Time.

Album Notes

Blondie: Deborah Harry (vocals); Chris Stein (guitar, 12-string guitar, E-bow); Frank Infante (guitar); Jimmy Destri (keyboards); Nigel Harrison (bass); Clem Burke (drums).

Producer: Mike Chapman.

Reissue producer: Kevin Flaherty.

Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, New York in June & July, 1978. Originally released on Chrysalis (1192). Includes liner notes by Mike Chapman.

All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.

Madonna and Michael Jackson aside, this is supreme pop music and as good as the genre can ever get. Everybody loved Blondie; fans, children, critics, other musicians and senior citizens - and not just because Debbie Harry was its frontperson. This is an unintentional greatest hits record that doesn't let up until the last note of 'Just Go Away' has died. If one wanted to carp, you could have asked for 'Denis' and 'Call Me' to have been included, but that would be just plain greedy. One of the greatest 'up' records of all time.


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