BLONDIE – Live

Eagle Records 2012

This live CD was recorded back in 1999 in the Town Hall in New York, the band’s first hometown gig in 17 years. The album contains 17 tracks covering Blondie’s career from their early days through to the then just released comeback album ‘No Exit’.

The track listing as you would expect contains all Blondie’s greatest hits, kicking off with the fantastic 1,2 of ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Hanging On The Telephone’. What I found listening to this album was just how good the band are, to be fair I had never really listened that closely before. Chris Stein’s guitar work is amazing throughout and Clem Burke’s powerhouse drumming is incredible. Blondie though are Debbie Harry and here she is in good voice, the years have taken their toll a bit, but she can still belt it out as ably shown on ‘Maria’. The most surprising track for me was the title track of the comeback album ‘No Exit’ which is a heavy, rap like number that shows another side to the band.

This is a good, value for money package that will appeal to fans of the band and to those with a casual interest in Blondie’s hits.

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David Wilson


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