Best of Blondie [Platinum Disc]

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Out of all the new wave-era artists to leave an impression on the charts, Blondie has arguably been the most "repackaged" over the years, especially given the number of budget-priced compilations that have appeared. Yet another entry, Platinum Disc's The Best of Blondie, arrived in 2003. Although it's only ten tracks in length, the compilation does a surprisingly solid job of collecting all of Blondie's biggest hits. While best known as a new wave band (as exemplified by such classics as "One Way or Another," "Hanging On the Telephone," and "Dreaming," all of which are included here), Blondie also doubled as a dancefloor sensation, as such irresistible cuts as "Call Me," "Heart of Glass," "Atomic," and "Rapture" prove. If you're looking for a career-spanning anthology loaded with key album cuts and rarities in addition to the hits, you'll have to search elsewhere (namely the exceptional/extensive 1994 double-disc set The Platinum Collection). But if you're looking for an affordable comp that focuses strictly on the hits, then The Best of Blondie is a worthy purchase.

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