Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie

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Atomic - The Very Best of Blondie
Greatest hits album by Blondie
Released July 13, 1998
Recorded Compilation
Genre New wave
Length 77:44 (Atomic)
58:02 (Atomix)
Label EMI / Chrysalis
7243 4 94996 2 1 / 7243 4 99288 2 4
Producer Mike Chapman, Richard Gottehrer, Giorgio Moroder
Blondie chronology
Picture This Live (Capitol Anniversary Series)
(1998)
Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie
(1998)
No Exit
(1998)
Alternative cover
The two-disc edition of the compilation, retitled Atomic/Atomix, with alternative cover art.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Select 5/5 stars[2]

Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie is a compilation album of recordings by the band Blondie released by EMI/Chrysalis Records in the UK and the rest of Europe in late 1998, at the time when the band reunited and shortly before the beginning of Blondie's successful comeback tour.

Overview[edit]

Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie includes the band's best known songs from the 70's and 80's as well as two new remixes of the title track. The compilation reached #12 on the UK charts[3] and was certified platinum.[4]

The compilation was reissued in June 1999 as a limited edition 2-CD set titled Atomic/Atomix: The Very Best of Blondie, including a second disc of previously available remixes with the exception of another new remix of the title track.

In 2011, the compilation was reissued again as a single disc with identical tracklisting, but with the title being changed to Essential.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one - Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie
  1. "Atomic" (7" Mix) (Destri, Harry) – 3:50
  2. "Heart of Glass" (7" Mix) (Harry, Stein) – 4:11
  3. "Sunday Girl" (Stein) – 3:15
  4. "Call Me" (Harry, Moroder) – 3:32
  5. "The Tide Is High" (7" Edit) (Barrett, Evans, Holt) – 3:52
  6. "Denis" (Levenson) – 2:18
  7. "Dreaming" (Harry, Stein) – 3:06
  8. "Rapture" (7" Mix) (Harry, Stein) – 4:59
  9. "Hanging on the Telephone" (Lee) – 2:22
  10. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear" (Valentine) – 2:42
  11. "Island of Lost Souls" (7" Edit) (Harry, Stein) - 3:50
  12. "Picture This" (Destri, Harry, Stein) – 2:57
  13. "Union City Blue" (Harrison, Harry) – 3:22
  14. "War Child" (Harrison, Harry) - 4:00
  15. "Rip Her to Shreds" (Harry, Stein) – 3:21
  16. "One Way or Another" (Harrison, Harry) - 3:28
  17. "X Offender (Harry, Valentine) - 3:10
  18. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" (Mauldin, Petty, Sullivan) - 2:07
  19. "Fade Away and Radiate" (Stein) - 3:59
  20. "Atomic '98 (Xenomania Mix)" (Destri, Harry) - 4:33
  21. "Atomic '98 (Tall Paul Mix)" (Destri, Harry) - 8:43
Disc two - Atomix: The Very Best of Blondie Remixed
  1. "Atomic" (Diddy's 12" Mix) – 6:51
  2. "Dreaming" (Utah Saints Mix) – 6:21
  3. "Denis" (Danny D Remix) – 5:23
  4. "Call Me" (Original 12" Version) – 8:04
  5. "Heart of Glass" (Original 12" Instrumental) – 5:14
    • From the UK & US "Heart Of Glass" 12" single (1979)
  6. "Rapture" (US Disco Version) – 7:13
    • From the US "Rapture" 12" single (1981)
  7. "War Child" (12" Version) - 8:01
    • From the UK "War Child" 12" single (1982)
  8. "Atomic '98" (Dana Intellectual Mix) / "Sunday Girl" (French Version) (Hidden track) – 10:50
  • Tracks 4, 5, 6 and 8 were previously unreleased on CD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Review: Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie - Blondie". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Review: Blondie - Atomic-The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI". Select (EMAP Metro) (August, 1998): 93. 
  3. ^ "UK Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  4. ^ "BPI – Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-09-21.  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.
  5. ^ "Essential". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.