Blondie- Parallel Lines [LP] 180gram 2016 re-issue vinyl
180g Vinyl Reissue!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 140/500!
Parallel Lines is the third studio album by the American rock band Blondie, released in September 1978 by Chrysalis Records. The album reached #1 in the United Kingdom in February 1979 and proved to be the band's commercial breakthrough in the United States, where it reached #6 in April 1979. As of 2008, the album had sold over 20 million copies worldwide. This album features one of their all-time biggest hits "Heart of Glass."
In February 1978, Blondie released their second studio album Plastic Letters. It was their last album produced by Richard Gottehrer whose sound had formed the basis of Blondie's new wave and punk output. During a tour of the west coast of the US in support of Plastic Letters, Blondie encountered Australian producer Mike Chapman in California. Peter Leeds, Blondie's manager, conspired with Chrysalis Records to encourage Chapman to work with Blondie on new music. Drummer Clem Burke recalls feeling enthusiastic about the proposition, believing Chapman could create innovative and eclectic records. However, lead vocalist Debbie Harry was far less enthusiastic about Chapman's involvement as she only knew him by reputation; according to Chapman, her animosity towards him was because "they were New York. [He] was LA." Harry's cautiousness abated after she played Chapman early cuts of "Heart of Glass" and "Sunday Girl" and he was impressed.
Let’s face it: this is Blondie’s world and we just live in it. For the last four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a true national treasure; a punk band from New York City whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have kept their ears to the ground, creating trends, never following them. They helped push punk onto the dance floor at the dawn of the new wave era and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring pop hits along the way.
"...it wasn't just Chapman that made Parallel Lines Blondie's best album; it was the band's own songwriting...what impresses is the album's depth and consistency...The result is state-of-the-art pop/rock circa 1978, with Harry's tough-girl glamour setting the pattern that would be exploited over the next decade by a host of successors led by Madonna." -William Ruhlmann, allmusic.com
• 180g Heavyweight Vinyl
• Includes a voucher to download MP3 version of the album
1. Hanging on the Telephone
2. One Way or Another
3. Picture This
4. Fade Away and Radiate
5. Pretty Baby
6. I Know But I Don't Know
2. Will Anything Happen?
3. Sunday Girl
4. Heart of Glass
5. I'm Gonna Love You Too
6. Just Go Away
2016 Capitol Records