Blondie have announced that their first-ever box set will be released on August 26.
The first authorized Blondie archival project in its history, created with the involvement of all the seven members of the band, is titled Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982.
It consists of the band’s first six albums – Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat To The Beat, Autoamerican, and The Hunter plus four additional LPs of session outtakes, b-sides, and demos, a 10″ with the 1975 Alan Betrock demo recording, a previously unissued 1974 rehearsal tape, and a 45 rpm single featuring their rumored-to-exist cover of the Doors’ “Moonlight Drive” and the at-home sketch of “Mr. Sightseer.”
Erin Osmon’s liner notes tell the group’s story, with session commentary from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Gary Valentine, Jimmy Destri, Frank Infanteand Nigel Harrison plus essays from producers Richard Gottehrer and Mike Chapman – all housed in a 144-page, hard cover book.
A second 120-page volume gives a discographical overview of the period via hundreds of picture sleeves, 45 labels, international sleeve variants, flexi-discs, cassettes, and even 8-tracks. This massive box set features 124 studio tracks.
The box set comes after six years of compiling, restoring, mixing and remastering.
Debbie Harry said she is excited about this special collection. “When I listen to these old tracks, it puts me there like I am a time traveler. As bad as it was sometimes, it was also equally as good. No regrets. More music,” added the Blondie lead singer.
Source: RTT Music News