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Against The Odds: 1974 - 1982

Blondie

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It’s strange to think that the relics of one of American pop's most electric and urban bands ended up in the dusty darkness in a barn in upstate New York. For over twenty years, the archives of Blondie (the legendary band that took the late 1970s and early 1980s by storm, comprising of singer Debbie Harry and her then partner, guitarist Chris Stein) were stored in Woodstock. Multi-track tapes, cassettes, vinyl records, gold records, flyers and even phone-sex ads (!) have been unearthed to create this boxset, which looks back over the band’s career through demos, outtakes, alternative versions and unreleased tracks.


Against the Odds 1974 – 1982 is a snapshot of an abundant musical period during which pop, punk, rock and rap happily crossed paths. On the first CD, the embryonic version of Blondie’s huge hit ’Heart of Glass’ is a real standout, though it also features a lot of other marvels that reveal the sound of a band still searching for itself. A different version of ‘Heart of Glass’—a little more peppy this time—can be found on the second CD (Once I Had a Love), as well as their first big hits (the 60s-style ’Denis’ and the immensely popular ’Call Me’, from the American Gigolo soundtrack). There’s also an opportunity to swoon at Debby’s command of the French language in a French version of ’Sunday Girl’. The third CD displays the band’s talent for producing absolute gems, whether they include a reggae rhythm (‘The Tide Is High’), a rap interlude (‘Rapture’) or an unexpected, ultra-minimalist version of ’Heart of Glass’. ©Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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1
Out In The Streets (1974 Session)
00:02:24

Jeff Barry, Composer - Ellie Greenwich, Composer - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Emerson, Producer - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1974 Capitol Records, LLC

2
The Disco Song (1974 Session)
00:03:55

Jeff Barry, Composer - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Emerson, Producer - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1974 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Sexy Ida (1974 Session)
00:03:59

Ike Turner, ComposerLyricist - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer - Tina Turner, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Emerson, Producer - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1974 Capitol Records, LLC

4
Platinum Blonde (Betrock Demo)
00:02:18

Blondie, MainArtist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stamey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Betrock, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Kelley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Capitol Records, LLC

5
The Thin Line (Betrock Demo)
00:02:27

Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stamey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Betrock, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Kelley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Puerto Rico (Betrock Demo)
00:02:08

Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stamey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Betrock, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Kelley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Once I Had A Love (Betrock Demo)
00:03:58

Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stamey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Betrock, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Kelley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Out In The Streets (Betrock Demo)
00:02:22

Jeff Barry, Composer - Ellie Greenwich, Composer - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stamey, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Betrock, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Kelley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Capitol Records, LLC

9
X Offender (Intro)
00:00:18

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, ComposerLyricist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Valentine, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

10
X Offender (Private Stock Single Version / Remastered)
00:03:14

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Craig Leon, Producer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, ComposerLyricist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Valentine, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

11
In The Sun (Private Stock Single Version / Remastered)
00:02:39

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Craig Leon, Producer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Little Girl Lies (Private Stock Mix)
00:02:08

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

13
In The Flesh (Extended Intro)
00:02:51

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Ellie Greenwich, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hilda Harris, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Micki Harris, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

14
A Shark In Jets Clothing (Take 2)
00:03:42

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

15
Kung Fu Girls (Take 8)
00:02:28

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - Gary Valentine, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

16
Scenery (Plaza Sound Outtake)
00:03:09

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Valentine, Composer

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

DISC 2

1
Denis (Terry Ellis Mix)
00:02:22

Terry Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stein, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Destri, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Clem Burke, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Mel Levenson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Moonlight Drive
00:03:00

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - JOHN DENSMORE, ComposerLyricist - Jim Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Ray Manzarek, ComposerLyricist - Robert Krieger, ComposerLyricist - Blondie, MainArtist

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Bermuda Triangle Blues - Flight 45 (Take 1)
00:02:38

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Valentine, Composer - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Capitol Records, LLC

4
I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No (Take 1)
00:02:59

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Destri, Composer - Debbie Harry, Composer - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

5
I'm On E (Take 2)
00:02:37

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Kidnapper (Take 2)
00:02:32

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Detroit 442 (Take 2)
00:02:56

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Poet's Problem
00:02:21

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Rob Freeman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Destri, Composer

℗ 1977 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Once I Had A Love (Mike Chapman Demo)
00:03:18

Mike Chapman, Producer - Peter Coleman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grey Russell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

10
Sunday Girl (French Version)
00:03:14

Michael Chapman, Producer - Peter Coleman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grey Russell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

11
I'll Never Break Away From This Heart Of Mine (Pretty Baby) (Take 1)
00:03:35

Mike Chapman, Producer - Peter Coleman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grey Russell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

12
Hanging On The Telephone (Mike Chapman Demo)
00:02:20

Michael Chapman, Producer - Peter Coleman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Jack N. Lee, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

13
Will Anything Happen (Instrumental)
00:02:52

Mike Chapman, Producer - Peter Coleman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grey Russell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Jack Lee, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

14
Call Me
00:03:32

Giorgio Moroder, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Harold Faltermeyer, Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Forsey, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, Author

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

15
Spaghetti Song (Atomic Pt. 2)
00:02:05

Mike Chapman, Producer - JAMES FARBER, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Jack Lee, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Tickle, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Blondie Music, Inc.

16
Die Young Stay Pretty (Take 1)
00:03:36

Michael Chapman, Producer - JAMES FARBER, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Tickle, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Blondie Music, Inc.

17
Underground Girl
00:03:52

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Michael Chapman, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Frank Infante, Composer

℗ 1993 Capitol Records, LLC

18
Union City Blue (Instrumental)
00:02:50

Mike Chapman, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Tickle, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Harrison, ComposerLyricist - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Blondie Music, Inc.

19
Llámame
00:06:18

Giorgio Moroder, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Harold Faltermeyer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

DISC 3

1
I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer (Go Through It)
00:02:42

Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stein, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

2
Live It Up (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
00:04:03

Giorgio Moroder, Producer - Ed Sprigg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

3
Angels On The Balcony (Giorgio Moroder Demo)
00:04:17

Giorgio Moroder, Producer - Ed Sprigg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Jimmy Destri, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - L. Davies, ComposerLyricist - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

4
The Tide Is High (Demo)
00:03:59

Ed Sprigg, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Holt, ComposerLyricist - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tyrone Evans, ComposerLyricist - Howard Anthony Barrett, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

5
Suzy & Jeffrey
00:04:09

Mike Chapman, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Harrison, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

6
Rapture (Disco Version)
00:10:00

Michael Chapman, Producer - Tom Scott, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stein, Guitar, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Destri, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Clem Burke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Harrison, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Stein, ComposerLyricist - Frank Infante, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

7
Autoamerican Ad
00:01:07

Mike Chapman, Producer - Blondie, MainArtist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Lenise Bent, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

8
Yuletide Throwdown
00:04:49

Mike Chapman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stein, Producer, Guitar, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Destri, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Clem Burke, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Harrison, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Infante, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fab 5 Freddy, MainArtist - Fred Brathwaite, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Capitol Records, LLC

9
War Child (Chris Stein Mix)
00:05:19

Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - Nigel Harrison, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1982 Blondie Music, Inc.

10
Call Me (Chris Stein Mix)
00:05:15

Giorgio Moroder, Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, Author - Doug Schwartz, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Blondie Music, Inc.

11
Heart Of Glass (Chris Stein Mix)
00:06:14

Blondie, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stein, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Destri, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Schwartz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clem Burke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Harrison, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Infante, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

12
Nameless (Home Tape)
00:01:41

Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

13
Mr. Sightseer
00:03:45

Blondie, MainArtist - Debbie Harry, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 Capitol Records, LLC

14
Sunday Girl (Home Tape)
00:02:50

Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Blondie Music, Inc.

15
Theme From Topkapi (Home Tape)
00:02:57

J. Dassin, ComposerLyricist - Blondie, MainArtist - Chris Stein, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manos Hadjidakis, ComposerLyricist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Camuso, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Blondie Music, Inc.

Album Description

It’s strange to think that the relics of one of American pop's most electric and urban bands ended up in the dusty darkness in a barn in upstate New York. For over twenty years, the archives of Blondie (the legendary band that took the late 1970s and early 1980s by storm, comprising of singer Debbie Harry and her then partner, guitarist Chris Stein) were stored in Woodstock. Multi-track tapes, cassettes, vinyl records, gold records, flyers and even phone-sex ads (!) have been unearthed to create this boxset, which looks back over the band’s career through demos, outtakes, alternative versions and unreleased tracks.


Against the Odds 1974 – 1982 is a snapshot of an abundant musical period during which pop, punk, rock and rap happily crossed paths. On the first CD, the embryonic version of Blondie’s huge hit ’Heart of Glass’ is a real standout, though it also features a lot of other marvels that reveal the sound of a band still searching for itself. A different version of ‘Heart of Glass’—a little more peppy this time—can be found on the second CD (Once I Had a Love), as well as their first big hits (the 60s-style ’Denis’ and the immensely popular ’Call Me’, from the American Gigolo soundtrack). There’s also an opportunity to swoon at Debby’s command of the French language in a French version of ’Sunday Girl’. The third CD displays the band’s talent for producing absolute gems, whether they include a reggae rhythm (‘The Tide Is High’), a rap interlude (‘Rapture’) or an unexpected, ultra-minimalist version of ’Heart of Glass’. ©Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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