(2006) The Platinum Collection

Blondie

... read moreThe Platinum Collection reigns as Blondie's finest compilation, outshining The Best of Blondie in overall quality and quantity. This fine retrospective covers every U.S. and U.K. A- and B-side on two discs while adding unreleased material and club remixes as bonuses at the finale. Opening with the...

02:33′:52″ 47 Songs

Disk 1

1
X Offender
Blondie
3:10
2
In The Flesh
Blondie
2:31
3
Man Overboard
Blondie
3:20
4
Rip Her To Shreads
Blondie
3:18
5
Denis
Blondie
2:15
6
Contact In Red Square (Remastered)
Blondie
1:56
7
Kung Fu Girls
Blondie
2:29
8
I'm On "E"
Blondie
2:12
9
(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear (Remastered)
Blondie
2:42
10
Poet's Problem
Blondie
2:20
11
Detroit 442
Blondie
2:24
12
Picture This
Blondie
2:56
13
Fade Away And Radiate
Blondie
3:57
14
I'm Gonna Love You Too
Blondie
2:03
15
Just Go Away
Blondie
3:21
16
Hanging On The Telephone
Blondie
2:22
17
Will Anything Happen
Blondie
2:55
18
Heart Of Glass (Remix)
Blondie
4:10
19
Rifle Range
Blondie
3:37
20
11:59
Blondie
3:19
21
Sunday Girl
Blondie
3:14
22
I Know But I Don't Know
Blondie
3:53
23
One Way Or Another
Blondie
3:31
24
Dreaming
Blondie
3:06
25
Sound-A-Sleep
Blondie
4:12
26
Living In The Real World
Blondie
2:38

Disk 2

1
Union City Blue (Original Single Version)
Blondie
3:18
2
The Hardest Part
Blondie
3:40
3
Atomic
Blondie
3:50
4
Die Young Stay Pretty
Blondie
3:27
5
Slow Motion
Blondie
3:25
6
Call Me
Blondie
3:30
7
The Tide Is High (Edit)
Blondie
3:49
8
Suzy And Jeffrey
Blondie
4:10
9
Rapture
Blondie
4:57
10
Walk Like Me
Blondie
3:46
11
Island Of Lost Souls
Blondie
3:49
12
Dragonfly
Blondie
5:58
13
War Child
Blondie
4:00
14
Little Caesar
Blondie
2:57
15
Out In The Streets
Blondie
2:19
16
Platinum Blonde (1975)
Blondie
2:15
17
The Thin Line
Blondie
2:25
18
Puerto Rico
Blondie
2:05
19
Once I Had A Love (The Disco Song) (1975 Version)
Blondie
3:58
20
Atomic (Diddy Remix)
Blondie
4:03
21
Rapture (K-Klass Remix)
Blondie
4:20
Released 01 January 2006, This Compilation ℗ 2006 Capitol Records, LLC

Review

The Platinum Collection reigns as Blondie's finest compilation, outshining The Best of Blondie in overall quality and quantity. This fine retrospective covers every U.S. and U.K. A- and B-side on two discs while adding unreleased material and club remixes as bonuses at the finale. Opening with the poppy, yet venomous, first U.K. single, "X Offender," disc one reveals Blondie's liveliest and most ambitious efforts as they merge their punk, reggae, and roots rock influences into what would soon be considered new wave. While Blondie is generally known for their charting singles, the spectacular B-sides/album tracks, including the dazzling space rocker "Fade Away and Radiate" and the punk/synth pop hybrid "Contact in Red Square," are equally essential. Disc two recalls some of the band's most accessible singles including "The Tide Is High," "Call Me," and "Rapture," which became the first Top Ten single to contain a rap vocal. Despite the excellent material represented so far, the second half unfortunately fails to sustain the momentum. Marked by selections from Blondie's 1982 swan song The Hunter, four 1975 demos, and two 1994 remixes, the rest of the disc suffers from poor sequencing and inferior selections. The terrible, unnecessary remixes of "Atomic" and "Rapture" and ho-hum demos would only appeal to collectors. Nonetheless, the demo "Once I Had a Love" would eventually receive a disco makeover and evolve into the international chart-topper "Heart of Glass" three years later. Ultimately, fans may prefer the distinguished single edits for "Heart of Glass" and "The Tide Is High" over the album versions, and yet despite all revealed shortcomings, The Platinum Collection provides more music per dollar spent compared to other Blondie releases. In addition, the compilation's colorful liner notes include insightful song commentary by most of Blondie, single and album information, and a descriptive family tree. ~ Jacob N. Lunders