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Blondie To Release First-Ever Archival Box Set

Come August 26, Blondie are releasing their first-ever archival box set, ‘Blondie: Against The Odds 1974- 1982’ that will contain 36 previously unissued tracks.

Remastered from the original analogue tapes recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, the box set will contain the band’s first six studio albums – ‘Blondie’, ‘Plastic Letters’, ‘Parallel Lines’. ‘Eat To The Beat’, ‘Autoamerican’ and ‘The Hunter’ – along with more than four demos (including the legendary Punk Pop band’s first-ever recording session), alternate versions and studio outtakes.
The soon-to-be-released collection marks the near-complete set of Blondie’s studio session before their 1982 hiatus.

About the archival package, front-woman Debbie Harry stated “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.”

Guitarist Chris Stein added: “I am hopeful that this project will provide a glimpse into the ‘process’ and some of the journey that the song took from idea to final form. “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.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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