For the first time in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Blondie will be releasing a career spanning boxed set on August 26, 2022. “Blondie: Against the Odds 1974-1982” is available for pre-order beginning June 8.
This is the first collection of Blondie’s music to be authorized by the band.
Included in the collection is a total of 124 songs – 36 of which have never been released, two volumes of liner notes with a track by track commentary, an illustrated discography, and numerous previously unreleased photos.
The collection has been remastered from the original analog masters recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
The Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition of the comes with 10 vinyl LP’s – four of which feature outtakes and rarities, one seven inch, and one 10 inch in red, white, and blue vinyl.
The Deluxe format has four LP’s. There is an eight CD and three CD editions as well.
The collection comes wrapped in a foil carton.
When Blondie broke onto the scene in 1972, they were a groundbreaking group with a female lead singer and what is believed to be one of the first songs to include rapping.
Lead singer Debbie Harry spoke on the band’s music and the collection saying, “it really is a treat to see how far we have come when I listen to these early attempts to capture our ideas on relatively primitive equipment. Fortunately the essence of being in a band in the early 70’s held some of the anti-social, counter culture energies of the groups that were the influencers of the 60’s. I am excited about this special collection. When I listen to these old tracks, it puts me there like I am a time traveler. As bad as it was sometimes, it was also equally as good. No regrets. More music.”
Guitarist Chris Stein added, “I am hopeful that this project will provide a glimpse into the ‘process’ and some of the journey that the songs took from idea to final form. Some of this stuff is like early sketches; the old tape machines are like primitive notebooks. The trickiest thing for me was always about getting the melodies out of my head into reality and the changes that would happen along the way.”
Drummer Clem Burke continued, “it is amazing that after all this time, and against the odds, our Blondie archival box set will finally be released. It’s been a long time coming and we are all very happy and excited with the final results.”
Feature photo credit: courtesy of Martyn Goddard