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Blondie box set coming in 2019 plus Heart of Glass 12-inch due in Oct

Box set a year away • ‘Heart of Glass’ 12-inch coming next month


Blondie will next year issue a comprehensive ‘Complete Studio Recordings’ box set that will gather albums, rarities and some unreleased material.

The Complete Studio Recordings 1975-1982 box set will be available on vinyl and CD and will feature the first six albums (remastered from the analogue tapes), along with two bonus discs of B-sides, rarities and “previously unreleased curiosities from deep in the Blondie vault.”

The good news emerged via a page on Blondie’s website promoting a new 12-inch vinyl single of their 1979 number one ‘Heart of Glass’. However, the bad news is that you will have to wait a year, since this box set is planned for “the fall of 2019”.

Quite why the band/label are issuing a 12-inch vinyl single linked to a box set which is a year away, remains to be seen. The maxi-single features four versions of ‘Heart of Glass’ and two of ‘Once I Had A Love’ and can be ordered via the Blondie website or using the links below.

You may agree that £20 for a 12-inch single is daylight robbery and it’s depressing to see the CD buying community ignored completely.

‘Heart Of Glass’ is released on 26 October and the box set will be out late next year.

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Heart Of Glass - EP [VINYL]

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Heart of Glass 12-inch 

  1. Heart of Glass (Disco Long)
  2. Heart of Glass (Basic Track)
  3. Heart of Glass (A Shep Pettibone Mix)
  4. The Disco Song
  5. Once I Had A Love
  6. Heart of Glass (Disco Instrumental)



 

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[…] least the Blondie box set should happen in 2021. They announced it in late 2018 saying it was going to be released in 2019 – and then it wasn’t. Nothing happened in […]

Steve

That’s just for the song music/lyrics. Can’t see it’s anything to do with the ownership of the sound recordings.

shaboo

Has this been cancelled?

Danny Stamper

Hoping beyond hope there are more studio recordings with Mr. Robert Fripp from Parallel Lines sessions!

Peter

“COMING IN 2019”

we are now near the end of 2019 with no word, no sneaky pictures, track listing or updates since the original post. come on Blondie, some of us are waiting in anticipation.

[…] now sold out. This release makes us wonder where the promised Blondie box set that Universal Music announced last year […]

Tony O

Any News Paul?

Brenton

Looking for another label now Numero Uno are no longer releasing CD’s. Plus there are licensing issues for some rarities due to lost paperwork.

Don’t expect it this year.

[…] from Waterstones in the UK. This release will probably coincide with the already announced Blondie box set that Universal Music are working […]

James Giraffe

After months and months of hoping that the HOG 12″ would be available for download or streaming in the UK, I’ve just found it on Bandcamp.

https://blondie-numero.bandcamp.com/album/heart-of-glass

It shows the price in $$$, but you CAN buy it if you’re in the UK. (I did.)

As has been mentioned, the Shep Pettibone mix is completely different from his mix on Once More Into The Bleach, and the Basic Track mix is great.

As for the Box Set, people have mentioned that they hope for the single mix of Slow Motion and the Alternative mix of Denis. No thank you! They’ve both already been released on CD. No need to include them again. Let’s have stuff that’s not been on CD before. Like the long Italian mix of H.O.G. I didn’t know that existed until today. :-)

Steve P

I hope they get everything on this forthcoming box set. Yes, we want “Yuletide Throwdown” and “Little GTO” too! Also something other than appalling vinyl lifts of the Private Stock versions of “X Offender” and “In The Sun”. And then there’s the Italian very long “Heart Of Glass”, as mentioned elsewhere here.

John

Heart Of Glass (Italian Long Disco Version), Denis (Alternative Version) and Slow Motion (Single Version) please!!

Joe

Blondie!
The greatest band with the ultimate lead singer Debbie Harry!
She defined music, style, fashion and Art , in the 70’s and 80’s
Blondie was way ahead of their time!

[…] we do know we’re getting is a Blondie box set, because Universal have already told us! We even know the details: all six albums remastered and two bonus albums with rare tracks and […]

Storia Eric

Hello,

The version’s of call 12INCH in the features box 2019 is includes?

steph

The Heart of Glass (A Shep Pettibone Mix) is completely different than the Once More Into The Bleach Version. Amazing ! What a lovely surprise. Closer to the original mix with Pettibone’s touch. Vinyl sound quality Top <3

Stu Jordan

I hope they find “Denis(Alternative version). It is far superior and” Slow Motion (Stripped Down Mix) on the upcoming set!

Iva Ugewon

i hope the artwork will be recreated to a high standard. The current Parallel Lines vinyl artwork looks terrible!

Detroit442

I really liked the 1994 remasters that were released on CD (Best of Blondie wasn’t included in that series unfortunately). I recall reading many years ago following the release of Blonde and Beyond that Chris Stein said there wasn’t much left unreleased. I guess we’ll see. I’m not really interested in proto-versions of previously released songs but if there are unreleased tracks (like Blonde and Beyond’s Underground Girl) I’ll likely buy.

Chuck

I did not buy the last album reissue box because Best Of was not included or issued separately when so many of those single mixes were exclusive to that album, a Blondie collection doesn’t seem complete without it- especially the promo mix (12” edit) of Rapture that is so superior to the AutoAmerican album version. The covers did not look so great either.
I’m hope with this set, at least the promo Rapture makes it in. And both the single as well as the full-length Call Me which are both essential IMO.
I’d also love to see a companion box reissuing the second phase albums from No Exit onward, and separate Ghost of Downloads from the abysmal Hits Redux with an album or two of bonus material of all the various bonus album tracks that didn’t make onto the vinyl pressings, key tracks left off (Relax) and other oddities and mixes (Rapture Riders) from the last 20 yrs like their excellent Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough cover I’ve been hoping would show up on a physical release ever since it hit YouTube.

Neil

I agree. I’d love Ghosts of Download as a standalone album completely separate from being annexed to the Redux greatest hits re recorded. Totally spoilt the brilliant artwork for Ghosts of Download. And I’d like this Ghosts of Download CD and Vinyl to include the excellent Put Some Colour On You, Can’t Stop Wanting and Prism. There were some very bad management decisions being made around this release vis-a-vis presentation of the album artworks and which tracks to include.

Jeremy Skinner

Capitol Recods (US) and UMC (UK) need to take note regarding this future release. If they want long term fans to part with our money (again), they need to stop using the current washed out images for the LP covers. Whomever destroyed the original images by washing out the Eat To The Beat sleeve in its entirety; darkening the image on Parallel Lines making it look nothing like the original; making the Hunter cover even worse by putting a ridiculous super bleached effect on Debbie’s hair and using the wrong tone altogether on Autoamerican and Plastic Letters, the design team need to go through the Chrysalis Records archive and use the classic images exactly as they were originally produced.

With the exception of The Hunter, all the early Blondie album covers are worthy of the term ‘artworks’, let them be celebrated as such! And also can we have a box that all the albums fit into please, as the last one was ludicrously small and once the records can out, there was barely a chance of getting them back in without damage.

Kevin

I agree , I just got the band to sign them all and frame them – that sorted that , the box went in the bin :)

Disney Mike

As a very casual Blondie fan, I only have bits and pieces of their catalogue, so a comprehensive “complete studio recordings” set is very intriguing to me. However, my ultimate interest will depend on both the sound quality and the price. Brickwalled CDs just don’t appeal to me, and eight discs of material — if the individual albums are given a disc each — for more than about $100 will definitely put me off.

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I hope the producers of this set are listening to the fans here (and elsewhere).

Steve Pafford

They’ve left off some significant HOG mixes: http://stevepafford.com/heartofglass/

atoxique

If you’re just a casual fan you might like The Platinum Collection which came out in 1994 and has all of their A sides and B sides (except “In The Sun” and instrumentals) in chronological order plus 5 of the 1975 demos and 2 (rather unnecessary) remixes.

If you want their albums you might want to hunt down some original CD releases or the 1994 remasters. If you don’t mind loudness, go for the 2001 remasters. Be aware that Eat To The Beat was not remastered in 1994 and Parallel Lines’s 1994 remaster was a Digital Compact Classic rather than a standard CD so it fetches extremely high prices! It may or not be worth it to you because that CD was remastered by Steve Hoffman, in other words guaranteed to be the absolute best remaster; and it’s true, nothing comes close to it.

Steve J

If the so-called remastering sounds anything like their ‘Sight & Sound’ best of (CD+DVD) that was released in 2005, it’ll be absolutely dreadful. No longer did the music have a crisp/clear disco sound but instead had the bass pumped up to the max making it sonically alien to what I expected, which probably worked fine on cheap portable devices and low cost ‘hifi’ but on a decent sound system / high quality headphones it was nauseating and difficult to listen to, and almost sounded like you were hearing it through a wall due to how deep/muffled it was.

Stephen Dc

The 9 minute Heart Of Glass ‘Italian Mix’ must be a fan made mix as some of the edits between the original 12″ / 12″ Instrumental / 1981 Mike Chapman Remix are crunchingly poor.

The 1981 Mike Chapman Mix [made for The Best Of Blondie Comp] is my favourite by far.

Mike the Fish

The Best of Blondie comp appears to have tape issues though, a strange wow to it. Vinyl not pressed off centre!

Steve Pafford

TBOB was the first Blondie album I bought, so I made sure that when I co-compiled the 2001 Greatest Hits I pushed Capitol to use that mix and the others exclusive to that set: http://stevepafford.com/blondie-greatest-hits/

Peter Hogg

The Italian Mix of Heart Of Glass you refer to is an actually 12: Italian pressed release

The correct title should read “Heart Of Glass (Long Disco Version)”. I have the 12″ single.

Here are a couple of links:
http://www.45worlds.com/12single/record/9198197
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGnHTAtJxi4

Charlie Waffles

Come on! Let’s have the cd version released, Debbie!

Robert Lett

I am very exited about this!

negative1

i like blondie.
but not their albums.

although this has 2 discs of extra stuff so
that might make it worth.

heart of glass is a classic.

i don’t care what format its on,
vinyl cd digital , all of them work for me.

vinyl works just fine.

later
-1

RikTheHib

Massive long-term Blondie fan here.
Over the years I have obtained many, many of their items on CD and Vinyl and I really don’t think I need to buy this package on either of those formats – again.
However…… a decent 24/96 (or 24/192) digital copy would go down well (with me).
Anyone feel the same?

Enric

Do you collect live recordings?

Lorenzo

After readings so many listings and comments on this amazing website I’ve made a decision.
No CD No Sale. By the way, I spend a lot of money on on the music on SDE so as a devoted fan I’m sure these corporations and independent entities will take that seriously. For the record I buy all formats if available up till now.

Bridge

Why do I need another 6LP box set that I already bought in 2014?!
Unless these are spectacularly remastered…pass.

Andrew b

Just hope they return the original heart of glass to the original running order every reissue since uses the disco mix.

Paul RP

Numero Group does have a Bandcamp page, so as long as they put it up there (which they did with their recent Husker Du compilation), it will be available to download in a lossless format, and available for streaming.

Dan

It would have been nice to see No Exit included in this box set, I’d love that one. Their back catalogue seems very much divided between the late 70s/early80s and then 1999 onwards, it’d be great to break that barrier down and have them all put together.

ChrisGa

No Exit is still my favorite Blondie album.

Craig Hedges

They should’ve put out the unreleased single version of Slow motion which got cancelled when they rush released Call Me. One of great lost singles. I’d have bought the Heart of glass e.p if it was Cd,
I’ve gone back to Cd as the charity shops are now awash with great titles. its like in the 90s when everyone ditch their vinyl at car boot sales.
Has the digital format been announced? Why isn’t Flac being embraced generally, why is MP3 still dominant. A flac or high res file can easily be converted if required but not the other way round.

Gregg P.

Craig, fingers crossed for me. If there’s any hope, that Slow Motion Remix is what’s on that Unreleased bonus disc.

CJ

I love Blondie, but I may have a bit of reissue fatigue with them. I’ve bought so many compilations and reissues for one or two tracks I didn’t have already–which is fairly normal for me with many acts, but it seems like this has been going on for over 20 years with Blondie. I’m going to wait to see what the price is on this, and what the track listing is, before I get too excited.

Terry Duckworth

Good to see Frank and Nigel on the cover. Nice to know someone still acknowledges their part in Blondie…

Phil Cohen

When the group first reunited, Nigel was invited to join, but he declined. As for Frank Infante, there’s long-term bitterness towards him. It turns out that Infante didn’t really write “I Know, But I Don’t Know” and there was a plagarism lawsuit against not only Infante, but the entire group. By the way, despite the fact that Chris Stein is portrayed playing lead guitar in Blondie’s 1970’s promo videos, Frank Infante was the actual lead guitarist. The second performance (1978) on Germany’s Musikladen T.V. show (the performance where the group plays many of the “Parallel Lines” songs and which was never released on DVD) shows conclusively that Infante was the lead guitarist.
At least, Nigel and Frank are included in the artwork for the package. They could have digitally removed them from the photo, like The Moody Blues did to Patrick Moraz on the cover of “The Polydor Years” boxed set, or like The Rolling Stones did to Bill Wyman on the packaging for the “Rarities” CD.

Klaus

Cohen:

They did? Really?
It’s astonishing how far people go if they’re bitter enough about each other.

Enric

do you remember who actually wrote “I know but I don’t know”?

mick tormey

yea i can see Paul geeing a lambasting about the cd vibe..awful really

Kevin Wollenweber

I think CD singles are still cool! In fact, I was hoping that the Beatles’ singles and e.p.’s would have been released in similar fashion to the Rolling Stones Abco singles boxes, perhaps with a CD version of the Christmas messages slipped in there to make it doubly desireable to fans, but still no word on that. Hey, I realize that MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR had a super deluxe on that, but that was vinyl only with DVD and blu-ray of the movie…now, on to the BLONDIE box. I’m looking forward to this eclipsing the CD copies of the albums proper, along with the PLATINUM COLLECTION double disk set. Perhaps the original vinyl covers were replicated, but I don’t recall there being much in the way of booklets and all that, and I’m sure these will be vinyl replications, perhaps even with replicas of paper sleeves. I, too, don’t buy vinyl because of lack of a turntable, so I’ll just keep myself “tuned” to this site for further news as to exactly when this set will be available. First Dire Straits and now this. Right now, I’m more interested in what else might be coming this year.

ChristopherM
Chris Squires

I am massively conflicted.

It seems, on the face of it, to be quite expensive for a 12″. But it is a bit more than that as it has 6 tracks and I am sure it will be beautiful. Then there is the issue run of 10,000, which for these times seems to be a staggeringly high number for a “Limited Edition” I guess they have done the decent thing and actually given a number (take note other companies) it’s just that, to me, that number is a whopper.

It feels like double dipping. I don’t mind paying a premium for something that has some feeling of exclusivity / rarity (1,000 – 2,000). But to pay a premium for something that will be around for quite along time…unless I have completely underestimated the pull of Blondie in 2018 with a £25 twelve inch. What do I know? Maybe all 10,000 will be gone by launch date.

They must have faith in the number crunchers, who generally know these things inside out.

HS

I saw them at Brixton last year. Great gig and as far as I could see completely sold out.

10.000 still seems like a large number and I’m sure that means the 12″ will be available via all the usual places. I´ll get it from one of those, unless they offer signed copies on their website.

mick tormey

naught that cant be got in a charity shop minus a few dub mixes…

Martin Teller

This is the track listing for the 12″:

Side A:

Heart of Glass (Disco Long)
Heart of Glass (Scratch Track)
Heart of Glass (Shep Pettibone Mix)

Side B:

Once I Had a Love (1975)
Once I Had a Love (1978)
Heart of Glass (Disco Version)

BSR

Numero Group is a class act. I’m sure this will be a well-produced set. Although “pricey”, I’m happy to pay a few extra bucks to support their reissues. No, I don’t work for them! Also, please keep in mind that direct purchases through Numero Group also provide free mp3 download of the tracks. I have all the Blondie that I could ever listen to but am hopeful the sound and rarities make it worthwhile to buy.

HS

I too would have loved to see a CD single of Heart Of Glass! I have no interest in streaming/downloads.

I’ll buy the 12″ and of course the box set on CD next year, even though I have all the albums on CD already. I wonder if the 12″ will be available via Amazon?

madman

I’m a big fan, but I’ll wait and see what the final track listing is going to be. Hopefully, everything that’s on the CD set will be available on the vinyl version.

If it’s true that the Numero Group is going to release this, then I have high hopes for this set. I have a few of their regular releases and the artwork, detail, etc, are amazing. But as RJS noted, their box sets tend to be on the pricey side.

RobS

Hopefully the vinyls fit back in the outer envelope sleeve this time rather than the somewhat tight fit of the UMC release a couple of years back…..lol

peter walker

Are any of the versions on the 12″ the ‘Italian’ version (which – for me (and others) – is the best version there is)?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmbLbb7CrlM

AdamW

The first version on this new 12″, the “Disco Long” version, could possibly be the same as the Italian “Long Disco” version, which is the 9-minute mix you’re linking to. It’s from this 12″: https://www.discogs.com/Blondie-Heart-Of-Glass/release/4594448

My guess is that at this price it won’t sell out (I’m not buying one), so you can wait to sample a streaming version when it emerges and make your decision then.

AdamW

I had a nice chat with the Numero folks, and I’m sorry to say that the 9:00 Italian “Long Disco” version is NOT on this 12″. Here’s what is on it:

A1. Disco Long (Original 5:50 12″ version)
A2. Scratch Track (Previously unreleased “scratch/backing track” based on “Once I Had A Love 1978″)
A3: Shep Pettibone Mix (from the 1988 remix album)
B1: Once I Had A Love 1975 (previously released on Plastic Letters reissue CD)
B2: Once I Had A Love 1978 (previously released on Parallel Lines reissue CD)
B3: Disco Instrumental (Original 5:17 12” instrumental version)

hamicle

I see it’s Numero Group that are doing the box set, in which case I expect it to be more than worth the wait. Very happy with the releases I have from them.

CAB

Excellent news. I only have one request of the master studio.
Please, please, please make a good job of remastering Parallel Lines and Eat To The Beat.
The CD versions have never sounded as rich, warm and fat as the original vinyl (and it is possible as proven by many CD re-releases).

greg

The Chrysalis originals and Capitol remasters never sounded as good as the original vinyl, but the DCC gold of ‘Parallel Lines’ was all kinds of sonic awesomeness.

CAB

Greg,
Just went to check out the current prices on what you recommended.

Cough…..Whince.
Think I’ll wait for the re-release.

Michael

For me, whether to buy the new set be the usual decision balancing price versus the new content. As others have observed the previous cd editions had bonus tracks which mopped up most of the non-album b-sides (the overwhelming majority of UK b-sides were album tracks anyway) and other versions (Disco mixes etc), then there was the Singles collection which filled in a few gaps and other compilations. Of course for anyone without this stuff it will be excellent, depending on price because the previous editions are still available for £5 or less in some cases.

elliott buckingham

BLONDIE: Heart of Glass will be available as deluxe 12” EP and on all digital formats October 26, 2018. what classes as all digital formats is a cd classed as a digital format the blondie site isn’t very clear

Caroline

“All digital formats” probably means download and streaming services. A CD would still be seen as a physical format.

Caroline

Heck of a lead-in. Place your bets now for what the price-gouged Record Store Day 2019 Blondie item will be. One of the “previously unreleased” outtakes?