Blondie announce major new boxset
By Classic Pop | June 8, 2022
Blondie have announced details of a major new boxset, the first definitive collection devoted to the legendary punk-pop band.
Containing 124 tracks (36 of which are previously unissued), the box include two volumes of liner notes, track by track commentary, illustrated discography, and dozens of previously unpublished photos.
Remastered from the original analog tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios, this expansive boxset is available on four formats (Super Deluxe Collectors’ Edition, Deluxe 4LP, Deluxe 8CD and 3CD editions). Housed in a foil-wrapped carton, Against The Odds includes extensive liner notes by Erin Osmon, track by track commentary from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Frank Infante, and Gary Valentine, essays by producers Mike Chapman, Richard Gottehrer, and Ken Shipley, a 120-page illustrated discography, and hundreds of period photographs.
Debbie Harry says: “It really is a treat to see how far we have come when I listen to these early attempts to capture our ideas on relatively primitive equipment. Fortunately the essence of being in a band in the early 70s held some of the anti-social, counter culture energies of the groups that were the influencers of the 60s. I am excited about this special collection. When I listen to these old tracks, it puts me there like I am a time traveller. As bad as it was sometimes, it was also equally as good. No regrets. More music.”
“I am hopeful that this project will provide a glimpse into the ‘process’ and some of the journey that the songs took from idea to final form,” guitarist Chris Stein adds. “Some of this stuff is like early sketches; the old tape machines are like primitive notebooks. The trickiest thing for me was always about getting the melodies out of my head into reality and the changes that would happen along the way.”
“It is amazing that after all this time, and against the odds, our Blondie archival box set will finally be released. It’s been a long time coming and we are all very happy and excited with the final results,” says drummer Clem Burke.
“From the moment I walked into Chris Stein’s barn and saw a wall of tapes I knew we were on the precipice of something extraordinary,” producer Ken Shipley says. “Against The Odds is a treasure chest disguised as a boxset.”
Super Deluxe Collectors’ EditionThe studio albums:BlondieSide A1. X Offender2. Little Girl Lies3. In The Flesh4. Look Good In Blue5. In The Sun6. A Shark In Jets ClothingSide B1. Man Overboard2. Rip Her To Shreds3. Rifle Range4. Kung Fu Girl5. The Attack Of The Giant AntsPlastic LettersSide A1. Fan Mail2. Denis3. Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45)4. Youth Nabbed As Sniper5. Contact In Red Square6. (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear7. I’m On ESide B1. I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No2. Love At The Pier3. No Imagination4. Kidnapper5. Detroit 4426. Cautious LipParallel LinesSide A1. Hanging On The Telephone2. One Way Or Another3. Picture This4. Fade Away And Radiate5. Pretty Baby6. I Know But I Don’t KnowSide B1. 11:592. Will Anything Happen3. Sunday Girl4. Heart Of Glass5. I’m Gonna Love You Too6. Just Go AwayEat To The BeatSide A1. Dreaming2. The Hardest Part3. Union City Blue4. Shayla5. Eat To The Beat6. Accidents Never HappenSide B1. Die Young Stay Pretty2. Slow Motion3. Atomic4. Sound-A-Sleep5. Victor6. Living In The Real WorldAutoamericanSide A1. Europa2. Live It Up3. Here’s Looking At You4. The Tide Is High5. Angels On The Balcony6. Go Through ItSide B1. Do The Dark2. Rapture3. Faces4. T-Birds5. Walk Like Me6. Follow MeThe HunterSide A1. Orchid Club2. Island Of Lost Souls3. Dragonfly4. For Your Eyes Only5. The BeastSide B1. War Child2. Little Caesar3. Danceway4. (Can I) Find The Right Words (To Say)5. English Boys6. The Hunter Gets Captured By The GameBONUS TRACKS7″ 45 rpm1. Moonlight Drive2. Mr. Sightseer10″ LP Out-takes & rarities (‘Out In The Streets’)Side A (1974 Session)1. Out In The Streets (1974)2. The Disco Song3. Sexy IdaSide B (Betrock Demo)1. Platinum Blonde2. The Thin Line3. Puerto Rico4. Once I Had A Love (1975)5. Out In The Streets (1975)LP 1 Out-takes & rarities (‘Plaza Sound’)Side A1. X Offender (Intro)2. X Offender (Private Stock Single)3. In The Sun (Private Stock Single)4. Little Girl Lies (Private Stock Mix)5. In The Flesh (Extended Intro)6. A Shark In Jets Clothing (Take 2)7. Kung Fu Girls (Take 8)8. ScenerySide B1. Denis (Terry Ellis Mix)2. Bermuda Triangle Blues – Flight 45 (Take 1)3. I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No (Take 1)4. I’m On E (Take 2)5. Kidnapper (Take 2)6. Detroit 442 (Take 2)7. Poets ProblemLP 2 Out-takes & rarities (‘Parallel Beats’)Side A1. Once I Had A Love (Mike Chapman Demo)2. Sunday Girl (French Version)3. I’ll Never Break Away From This Heart Of Mine (Pretty Baby)4. Hanging On The Telephone (Mike Chapman Demo)5. Will Anything Happen (Instrumental)6. Underground GirlSide B1. Call Me2. Spaghetti Song (Atomic Part 2)3. Die Young Stay Pretty (Take 1)4. Union City Blue (Instrumental)5. LlámameLP 3 Out-takes & rarities (‘Coca Cola’)Side A1. I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer (Go Through It)2. Live It Up (Giorgio Moroder Demo)3. Angels on the Balcony (Giorgio Moroder Demo)4. Tide Is High (Demo)5. Susie & JeffreySide B1. Rapture (Disco Version)2. Autoamerican Ad3. Yuletide ThrowdownLP 4 Out-takes & rarities (‘Home Tapes’)Side A1. Nameless (Home Tape)2. Sunday Girl (Home Tape)3. Theme From Topkapi (Home Tape)4. The Hardest Part (Home Tape)5. Ring of Fire (Home Tape)Side B1. War Child (Chris Stein Mix)2. Call Me (Chris Stein Mix)3. Heart of Glass (Chris Stein Mix)