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Blondie - Against All Odds 1974 - 1982

Blondie - Against All Odds 1974 - 1982

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 The first definitive collection from the legendary New Yorkers who have sold over 40 million records worldwide

124 tracks / 36 previously unissued
Two volumes of liner notes, track by track commentary, illustrated discography, and dozens of previously unpublished photos
Remastered from the original analog tapes, vinyl cut at Abbey Road Studios
Super Deluxe Collectors’ Edition (10xLP, 1x7”, 1x10” in Platinum Blonde Color and Black vinyl formats), Deluxe 4LP, Deluxe 8CD and 3CD Editions
In what has become another major year for Blondie, the New York legends mark a career milestone with the release of the first ever authorized and in depth archive in their history, a rarity for a band almost 50 years into their career with 40 million records sold. Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 will be released on 26th August via UMC and The Numero Group, and is now available to pre-order!

It was six years ago that we assigned the catalog number 070 to the band Blondie. I’d just returned from Chris Stein’s Woodstock estate where the band’s historic recording archive sat under a blanket of dust and mouse excrement and knew we were onto the next great Numero box set. Over the ensuing years, the project has taken many shapes, growing from a humble set of four LPs to the massive Super Deluxe Edition 10xLP+10”+45+2 books boxset we’re pleased to announce today.

Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 gathers the original line-up’s six albums, including Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat To The Beat, Autoamerican, and The Hunter, four additional LPs of session outtakes, B-sides, and demos, a 10” with the 1975 Alan Betrock demo and 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”—a whopping 124 studio tracks. Erin Osmon’s liner notes tell the group’s story in exacting detail, with session commentary from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Frank Infante, Nigel Harrison, and Gary Valentine, and essays from producers Richard Gottehrer and Mike Chapman all housed in a glorious foil-wrapped, 144-page, hard cover book. A second 120-page volume gives a discographical overview of the period via hundreds of pic sleeves, 45 labels, international sleeve variants, flexis, cassettes, and even 8-tracks. This behemoth of a box set weighs 17 pounds and is hands down the most in depth physical release we’ve manifested in our 19 year history.

But after six years of production, we knew we couldn’t stop there. We’ve built not one, but four configurations across five variants, including an eight CD box featuring replicas of all six studio albums and an additional two discs of extras (124 songs total) plus a 128-page hard cover book and slipcase; a four LP edition with all 42 bonus tracks nestled against a 128-page hard cover book and tucked inside a foil-wrapped slipcase; and finally a three CD edition with all 52 bonus tracks and a 164-page hard cover mini-book housed in a sturdy slipcase. All 124 tracks have been remastered from the original analogue tapes by Michael Graves and the vinyl lacquered at Abbey Road and pressed on high quality 180 gram virgin wax.. Each one is a stunning work craftsmanship that the band and Numero have agonized endlessly over these six long years.


 Lp 1
1. Out In the Streets (1974)
2. The Disco Song
3. Sexy Ida
4. Platinum Blonde
5. The Thin Line
6. Puerto Rico
7. Out In the Streets (1975)
8. Nameless (Home Tape)
9. Mr. Sightseer
10. Sunday Girl (Home Tape)
11. Theme From Topkapi (Home Tape)
12. The Hardest Part (Home Tape)
13. Ring of Fire (Home Tape)

Lp 2
1. X Offender (Intro)
2. X Offender (Private Stock Single)
3. In the Sun (Private Stock Single)
4. Little Girl Lies (Private Stock Mix)
5. In the Flesh (Extended Intro)
6. A Shark In Jets Clothing (Take 2)
7. Kung Fu Girls (Take 8)
8. Scenery
9. Denis (Terry Ellis Mix)
10. Moonlight Drive
11. Bermuda Triangle Blues - Flight 45 (Take 1)
12. I Didn't Have the Nerve To Say No (Take 1)
13. I'm On E (Take 2)
14. Detroit 442 (Take 2)
15. Poets Problem

Lp 3
1. Once I Had a Love (Mike Chapman Demo)
2. Sunday Girl (French Version)
3. I'll Never Break Away From This Heart of Mine (Pretty Baby)
4. Hanging On the Telephone (Mike Chapman Demo)
5. Will Anything Happen (Instrumental)
6. Underground Girl
7. Call Me
8. Spaghetti Song (Atomic Part 2)
9. Die Young Stay Pretty (Take 1)
10. Union City Blue (Instrumental)
11. Llamame

Lp 4
1. I Love You Honey, Give Me a Beer (Go Through It)
2. Live It Up (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
3. Angels On the Balcony (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
4. Tide is High (Demo)
5. Susie & Jeffrey
6. Rapture (Disco Version)
7. Autoamerican Ad
8. Yuletide Throwdown


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