Blondie Is the Name of a Band

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This double-CD is taken from a live German television broadcast on December 2, 1978 -- useful information to note, by the way, since there are barely any details about the source of the performance in the liner notes. The sound is a little rough, but still in at least the middle of the chart, perhaps higher, of the standards of live recordings from the time that were never intended for release. It's probably when the band were at their best in concert, too, having reached a level of musical tightness that was unusual for new wave bands, yet before they got into their slickest pop material. The ten songs include some of their better early numbers, such as "In the Sun," "X Offenders," "Denis," and "I Know But I Don't Know." Still, it's only Blondie collectors that should get this, and not just because the fidelity is lower than it is on most legit live releases. The two CDs add up to just under a half hour of music, as this is a combo audio/visual release, also including enhanced video footage of the television broadcast itself. Make sure, however, that your computer can play the video component before purchase, as it will only play on a PC with a minimum Pentium II processor.

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