Blondie are taking us on stop-by-stop tour of their legendary career; serving as the definitive Blondie experience, ‘Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982’ unfolds the bands’ rise to acclaim. Out 26th August, this era-spanning boxset is archiving a truly remarkable part of musical history; expect 124 iconic Blondie tracks, extensive track-by-track commentary, as well as 36 (yes, 36!) previously unissued recordings.
‘Mr. Sightseer’ comes in as the first taste of Blondie’s previously unheard gems. Floating in a cloud of acoustic majesty, the track is a total delight. The track’s stripped back, simple sound works wonders, Debbie Harry’s iconic vocals sounding as crisp and charming as ever. Originally recorded in Chris Stein and Harry’s home in 1978, the track allows insight into the possible sounds that may have ended up on the cutting room floor. Speaking on the track, Harry jokes of its simplicity; “The lyric is not good at all… The song’s not too bad. It’s just a little simplistic. It didn’t ever get really developed or finished.”
The boxset is set to dust off the cobwebs on 35 other long-forgotten tracks, as well as remastered versions all six of Blondie’s studio albums. Alongside the music and track-by-track commentary, fans will also be treated to a 120-page illustrated discography, a mass of photographs and two volumes of liner notes. There’ll also be essays from producers Mike Chapman, Richard Gottehrer and Ken Shipley included in the collection.
‘Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982’ is available in four formats: the mighty Super Deluxe Collectors’ Edition, with 10 LPs, a 7inch and a 10inch, as well as a Deluxe 4 LP, Deluxe 8 CD, and 3CD editions. With a multitude of ways to get involved, there’s really no excuse not to dip a toe in.
Check out ‘Mr. Sightseer’ below…
Words: Emily Swingle