My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Parallel Lines is the third album from Blondie. It was released in September of 1978 and was recorded in June an July of that year. The album would go on to sell over 20 million copies world-wide.
What I think: I’ll admit that I sometimes live under the delusion that I’m not really that into Blondie. That is despite the fact that one of my favorite songs ever is “Heart of Glass”, yes I absolutely cherish this disco song. The drum, bass and keyboard combo just kick so much ass. I’m actually not a huge fan of the “I once had love and it was a gas” part of the song, and the way Harry sings it, but everything else is solid. In fact, this almost six minute 12″ version is the song in its ultimate form.
Guess what the rest of the album is stellar for many of the same reasons, especially the bass and drums throughout. In fact, I can’t over estimate how amazing Clem Burke’s drums are on this album, starting with the tat-tat intro of The Nerves song “Hanging on the Telephone Line”. It’s an introduction of pop energy that continues throughout.
Don’t worry I’m not going to leave Harry’s vocals out of this. I’ve always enjoyed them for the most part, although they never really struck me as anything to seek out. That’s different though on some of these tracks. She has this amazing sixties girl group thing going on in “Picture This”, “Pretty Baby” and especially “Sunday Girl”. It’s not something that is ever present in the vocals on those songs, but there are moments where her voice reaches perfection and that sound with the exquisite band behind here sends shivers down my spine.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree wholeheartedly…. I’ve listened to it like four times this week. I found a keeper.
Rating (Out of 5) 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (310/408)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%