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.

David Wilson

On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

COCO MONTOYA I Wouldn’t Wanna Be You (Alligator)
SKYFEVER Burning Hands (OTI Records)
HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE High Shoulders Everywhere (indie)
MICHAEL J BOLTON Trans Lunar Injection (Market Square)

Featured Albums w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 STRANDED New Dawn (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 HOLLOW HAZE Between Wild Landscapes And Deep Blue Sea (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 SESSION AMERICANA North East (indie)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

BRIAN ROBERTSON – Diamonds And Dirt (2011)

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