Picture This Live

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Picture This Live
Live album by Blondie
Released October 7, 1997
Recorded Walnut Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, 11/06/78 and McFarlin Auditorium in Dallas, TX, 1980
Genre New wave, punk rock, dance-rock, post-punk
Length 75:12
Label EMI/Capitol Records
Producer Cheryl Pawelski
Blondie chronology
Picture This Live
Atomic - The Very Best of Blondie
Alternative cover
1999 re-issue
Professional ratings
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Robert Christgau A- link

Picture This Live is a first live album by the band Blondie issued by EMI/Capitol Records as a limited edition full-price album in 1997 and 1998 in the US. It was later released in the UK and Europe as a mid-price release with alternate artwork under the title Blondie Live: Philadelphia 1978 / Dallas 1980 in 1999.


Picture This Live was issued after Blondie reunited in 1997 with tracks from different performances synched together to form the appearance of a single gig. However, this led to small inconsistencies. For example, Debbie Harry introduces "Picture This" as 'something new', while there are songs from the later album on the record.

Surprisingly, but the song "A Shark In Jets Clothing" which is joined with "I Know But I Don't Know" on track eleven is omitted from the tracklisting of all editions of the album.

Live versions of "I Know But I Don't Know" and "Hanging on the Telephone" from this album were later added as bonus tracks on 2001 reissue edition of Blondie's 1978 album Parallel Lines. The song "Detroit 442" from the Philadelphia performance is not present on this album, however it was issued as a bonus track on the 2001 reissue edition of another Blondie's 1978 album, Plastic Letters.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dreaming" (from Eat to the Beat, 1979) Deborah Harry, Chris Stein 4:07
2. "In the Sun" (from Blondie, 1977) Stein 2:47
3. "Hanging on the Telephone" (from Parallel Lines, 1978) Jack Lee 2:18
4. "Look Good in Blue" (from Blondie, 1977) Jimmy Destri 3:38
5. "Slow Motion" (from Eat to the Beat, 1979) Laura Davis, Destri 3:22
6. "Sunday Girl" (from Parallel Lines, 1978) Stein 3:38
7. "X Offender" (from Blondie, 1977) Harry, Gary Valentine 2:59
8. "Picture This" (from Parallel Lines, 1978) Harry, Stein, Destri 2:54
9. "Denis" (from Plastic Letters, 1978) Neil Levenson 3:10
10. "Fade Away And Radiate" (from Parallel Lines, 1978) Stein 5:06
11. "A Shark In Jets Clothing" / "I Know But I Don't Know" (from Blondie, 1977 / from Parallel Lines, 1978) Destri / Frank Infante 8:25
12. "One Way or Another" (from Parallel Lines, 1978) Harry, Nigel Harrison 6:47
13. "Heart of Glass" (from Parallel Lines, 1978) Harry, Stein 6:21
14. "11:59" (from Parallel Lines, 1978) Destri 4:14
15. "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" / "Funtime" (T. Rex cover / Iggy Pop cover) Marc Bolan / Iggy Pop, David Bowie 15:26



Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Cheryl Pawelski – Compilation Producer, Producer
  • Bernadette Fauver – Producer
  • Kevin Flaherty – Associate Producer, Liner Notes
  • Marc Rashba – Executive Producer
  • Lisa Reddick – Producer
  • Adam Varon – Producer
  • Ann King Speer – Production Coordination
  • Johnny Lee – Art Direction
  • Ricky Mintz – Art Direction
  • John O'Brien – Design