From The Vault: Parallel Lines by Blondie

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Blondie, as they always say, is a band. And far more than that. From 1976 to 1982 Deborah ‘Debbie’ Harry, her partner Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri and Gary Valentine (there would be occasional line-up alterations) pioneered a pathway that began in New York’s new wave and punk environs. With each passing album they expanded their horizons, sensed the beginnings of rap and embryonic hip hop and finally emerged as an act that could swing from polished disco to the highest grade of pure pop.

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Blondie’s first two albums (Blondie & Plastic Letters) contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of The band’s global breakthrough release ‘Parallel Lines’ in 1978. Of the band’s six single releases from the album (Picture This, I’m Gonna Love You Too, Hanging On The Telephone, Sunday Girl) , it’s two biggest single “ Heart Of Glass” (released on January 3, 1979) reached #1 and “One Way Or Another” peaked at #7 in Canada and the album was certified Gold. The album peaked at #2 in Canada and in 1979 RPM Records Chart In Canada had this at #27 on the top albums released that year and went on to win The Canadian Juno Award for ‘Best International Single’. Since release, the album has had sales in excess of 20 Million and that number continues to climb as the next generation discovers Blondie!

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Over the next years, the band has achieved several hit singles including “Call Me”, “Rapture”, “The Tide Is High”, “Maria” and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band and today they are still very much active having released their 10th studio album ‘Ghosts Of Download’ last year!

In 2008, a special collector’s deluxe edition of the album was released that included extra bonus tracks and 4x promotional videos and just a few weeks ago Universal released all of Blondie’s studio LPs originally released between 1976 and 1982. Each LP has exact reproductions of original artwork to retain authenticity, and each have been pressed on 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl! Get it here!

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