Blondie – Greatest Hits

What I Think of When I Think of This Artist (part 3)

I think you could probably reduce Blondie to one great album, two good ones, and then some decent songs scattered amongst some not impressive albums. But overall, they have a fantastic catalog, and a surprisingly democratic distribution of songwriting. Based on this album, most of the best material came from the team of Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein (who were also partners in romance – awwww); keyboardist Jimmy Destri had a hand in several songs; bassist Nigel Harrison co-wrote “One Way or Another;” and early bassist Gary Valentine wrote “(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear” and co-wrote “X-Offender.”

What I Think of This Album

This is an excellent compilation. First, it has all the necessary hits, including the globally-beloved, Georgio Morodor co-penned single “Call Me.” Second, it sprinkles in some fine album cuts. Third, and more specific to Blondie, it includes post-reunion standout “Maria.” Fourth, and only specific to me, it recreates completely my childhood favorite, Best of Blondie, right down to the special mixes of “Heart of Glass,” “Rapture,” “In the Flesh,” and “Sunday Girl.” The only real downside is that it is not sequenced chronologically, but I can forgive that because the quality of the material is so high.

The Best Thing About This Album

“Call Me.” Any anytime.

Release Date

September, 2002

The Cover Art

Decent, as these things go. A lot of black space, which is cool.

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