The Best of Blondie

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The Best of Blondie
Greatest hits album by Blondie
Released October 31, 1981
Recorded 1976-1980
Genre New wave
Length 44:13 (USA, Canada)
48:42 (International)
Label Chrysalis Records
Producer Mike Chapman
Richard Gottehrer
Blondie chronology
Autoamerican
(1980)
The Best of Blondie
(1981)
The Hunter
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars [3]

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,[4] the album peaked at #4 in the UK, #30 in the US, and became their only #1 album in Australia.

Overview[edit]

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 US 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. These four versions remained exclusive for The Best of Blondie until 2001, when they were remastered and appeared on that year's Greatest Hits album, which also included all other songs from both versions of The Best of Blondie.

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

Video version[edit]

A video version of the album was released, featuring the band's music videos. The video was interspersed with footage of a New York 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" 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 tracklisting, but not from the video itself.

Track listing[edit]

US Version

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Heart of Glass" (special mix) D. Harry / C. Stein Parallel Lines 4:33
2. "Dreaming"   D. Harry / C. Stein Eat to the Beat 3:06
3. "The Tide Is High"   J. Holt Autoamerican 4:41
4. "In the Flesh" (special mix) D. Harry / C. Stein Blondie 2:29
5. "Sunday Girl" (special mix) C. Stein Parallel Lines 3:03
6. "Hanging on the Telephone"   J. Lee Parallel Lines 2:21
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
7. "Rapture" (special mix) D. Harry / C. Stein Autoamerican 5:36
8. "One Way or Another"   D. Harry / N. Harrison Parallel Lines 3:33
9. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"   G. Valentine Plastic Letters 2:42
10. "Call Me"   G. Moroder / D. Harry American Gigolo 3:32
11. "Atomic"   D. Harry / J. Destri Eat to the Beat 4:39
12. "Rip Her to Shreds"   D. Harry / C. Stein Blondie 3:22

International Version

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Heart of Glass" (special mix) D. Harry / C. Stein Parallel Lines 4:33
2. "Denis"   N. Levenson Plastic Letters 2:18
3. "The Tide Is High"   J. Holt Autoamerican 4:41
4. "In the Flesh" (special mix) D. Harry / C. Stein Blondie 2:29
5. "Sunday Girl" (special mix) C. Stein Parallel Lines 3:03
6. "Dreaming"   D. Harry / C. Stein Eat to the Beat 3:08
7. "Hanging on the Telephone"   J. Lee Parallel Lines 2:21
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
8. "Rapture" (special mix) D. Harry / C. Stein Autoamerican 5:36
9. "Picture This"   D. Harry / C. Stein / J. Destri Parallel Lines 2:59
10. "Union City Blue"   D. Harry / N. Harrison Eat to the Beat 3:23
11. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"   G. Valentine Plastic Letters 2:42
12. "Call Me"   G. Moroder / D. Harry American Gigolo 3:32
13. "Atomic"   D. Harry / J. Destri Eat to the Beat 4:39
14. "Rip Her to Shreds"   D. Harry / C. Stein Blondie 3:22

Video Version

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Call Me"   D. Harry / C. Stein American Gigolo  
2. "In the Flesh"   D. Harry / C. Stein Blondie  
3. "X Offender"   D. Harry / G. Valentine Blondie  
4. "Denis"   N. Levenson Plastic Letters  
5. "Detroit 422"   J. Destri / C. Stein Plastic Letters  
6. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"   G. Valentine Plastic Letters  
7. "Picture This"   D. Harry / C. Stein / J. Destri Parallel Lines  
8. "Hanging on the Telephone"   J. Lee Parallel Lines  
9. "Heart of Glass"   D. Harry / C. Stein Parallel Lines  
10. "Dreaming"   D. Harry / C. Stein Eat to the Beat  
11. "Union City Blue"   D. Harry / N. Harrison Eat to the Beat  
12. "Atomic"   D. Harry / J. Destri Eat to the Beat  
13. "The Tide Is High"   J. Holt Autoamerican  
14. "Rapture"   D. Harry / C. Stein Autoamerican  
15. "Sunday Girl"   C. Stein Parallel Lines  

Chart positions[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
Business as Usual by Men at Work
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
February 1, 1982 – February 14, 1982
Succeeded by
Love Songs by Cliff Richard

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ "The Best Of Blondie - 1981". rip-her-to-shreds.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "100 Albums". RPM (Library and Archives Canada) 35 (18). 28 November 1981. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Blondie – The Best of Blondie". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Blondie – The Best of Blondien". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blondie – UK Chart Positions". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Blondie : Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Canadian 1981 Top 100 Albums". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Searchable Database". riaa.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014.