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Autoamerican [Original recording remastered]

Blondie Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Europa
2. Live It Up
3. Here's Looking At You
4. The Tide Is High
5. Angels On The Balcony
6. Go Through It
7. Do The Dark
8. Rapture
9. Faces
10. T-Birds
11. Walk Like Me
12. Follow Me
13. Call Me (long version)
14. Suzy & Jeffrey
15. Rapture (Special Disco Mix)

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1980's Autoamerican found Blondie exploring a variety of sounds from the reggae of monster hit The Tide is High to the Lerner and Loewe torch song Follow Me to this fairly new thing at the time called rap. Rapture wasn't just a huge hit for the band but also the first ever rap song to reach #1 on the pop charts. This remaster adds the extended version of Call Me (as featured in the 1980 film American Gigolo ), the disco mix of Rapture and the b-side Suzy & Jeffrey !

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4.0 out of 5 stars Blondie's Most Varied Album Aug. 14 2010
Format:Audio CD
When you first pop "AutoAmerican" into the CD player, you will probably question as to whether the wrong disc was accidentally slipped into a Blondie jewel case.

Gone is the hyperactive punk influence of their earlier work; this is the Blondie who were the darlings of Studio 54. Though this album is dismissed by many, one of it's virtues is the varied sound the band displays. They must be given credit for trying to expand their horizons. This album yielded two #1 singles, so it's ironic that while the band were at their most successful commercially, behind the scenes they were disintegrating.

The lush, string-laden instrumental "Europa" certainly does not sound like it was made by the same people who brought us "Eat to the Beat". Half-way in, Debbie speaks over space-age sounds introducing the album.

Things get going with "Live it Up", which surprisingly manages to out-disco both "Heart of Glass" and "Atomic". One of the best tracks, its influence can still be heard in the dance music of 2010. Jimmy Destri's keyboards really stand out on this one.

One of several '30s ballroom-style songs is "Here's Looking at You". While Blondie should be applauded for experimenting with new styles and directions, these numbers really drag the album down. Madonna did this sort of thing better in "Dick Tracy" because she infused the songs with a camp sensibility and her over-the-top Betty Boop delivery.

The reggae/calypso flavored "The Tide is High" was a #1 hit in 1981 and while it is probably my least favorite of all their hit singles (due to overplay on the Muzak-type station at work), it still plays well 30 years later and is a well-crafted pop song.

A bizarre, industrial-type intro brings us to "Angels on the Balcony".
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Angel on the Balcony July 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
If "Parallel Lines" is Blondie's greatest collection of songs - snappy, clever and direct, in ideal compliance with their standing as the perfect pop group - their 1980 "Autoamerican" is their greatest album, one that is dignified and complete, perfect in its total unity and harmony. Ironically it is at a time when Blondie were most alienated as a group that they sound most like a band, a contradiction evoked in the record's beautiful cover art.
On "Autoamerican" Blondie, in spirit at least, step outside New York and breathe in the vast scope and beauty of America. The record's opening sequence Europa, a somewhat intellectual concept of the automobile voiced robotically by Harry, is the statement of intent, giving way to the perfect disco bass of Live it Up, containing one of Blondie's great lines: "you know its so passé/to sleep without you every day". Go Through It cruises along an open highway with tender love and gutsy charm. Do the Dark, tinged with North African allusion, is a shadowy and mysterious invitation to "do the Sidewalk Hustle/do the Invisible Dance" and is one of Blondie's most intoxicating songs.
Admittedly The Tide is High becomes increasingly easy to skip over as the album's finest moments become even more alluring; The old time dance-hall number Here's Looking at You - lazy, smoky and poignant, voiced through a glass of bourbon while pining for Monroe. The immortal Rapture, cooler now than it ever was, and a significant piece of pop culture in itself, pin-pointing the exact moment when the New York elite chose hip-hop over power pop. Evoking Basquait and Warhol as effortlessly as it does huge yellow taxi cabs and brownstone buildings; space mutants and b-movies; Coca Cola and Studio 54.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ''...in rapture'' when listening to this album July 6 2004
By j
Format:Audio CD
As it can be seen, "Rapture" is one of my favorite tracks from this album. I actually got this album for the Disco Version of "Rapture" because it had been unavailable for many years. I love it! This is one of the first rap songs, although it came after "Rapper's Delight". That might have been an inspiration for this song. I also like the "Tide Is High". It's a fun track. Lower BPM, but it is still great. Finally, this album contains the Long Version of "Call Me". It is amazing! This is the first time it has been released on Blondie CD in this version! It's worth it for just "Call Me" and "Rapture" in the long versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAPTURE!!! June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
The band has really came a long way and they have just entered a new decade. The '80s! Disco was out and new things were coming in from all directions. The release of AUTOAMERICAN in November of 1980 did some good things for the band. Each track was different and went another way. "The Tide Is High" was reggae, "Live It Up" was a disco type, and "Rapture", well was rap! "Rapure" and "The Tide Is High" both shot to number 1. "Rapture" was the first rap song to reach number 1. AUTOAMERICAN is really an experience in the band's history and one of there greatest albums along with PARALLEL LINES and EAT TO THE BEAT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars genius of Blondie! May 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
Here are my favorite tracks:
1. Europa
2. Live It Up
5. Angels On The Balcony
7. Do The Dark
Give them a listen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overplayed hits, very spotty otherwise
When I was a kid, Blondie was second only to Bowie in my estimation. But now, 20 years on, I find this album almost completely unlistenable. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004
I love this band for having the balls to be so all over the map on this album. Who else would have dared to do rap, reggae, country, not to mention a show tune on a rock album? Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchier than a jacket during the depression era
This album, like 'Eat To The Beat' threatened to be, is, unfortunately, a pretentious show-off. Patchy but with occasional moments of glory, 'Autoamerican' attempts to boast a bold... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by "baylo"
5.0 out of 5 stars Autofantastic is what this is all about
There is no other way to describe this album, it is just cool and delicious. Debbie's voice and song writing especially on Faces is truly awe-inspiring. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003 by "wwwjimmicallef"
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album; but great for a rarity ...
This is the only place on CD you can find the nearly 7 minute version of Rapture, which is totally fabulous. Read more
Published on July 8 2003 by Brian Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch
There are no bad Blondie albums. There is no better Blondie album better than this. Everyone knows "The Tide is High" and "Rapture" (the first 'rap' song to go to #1), but... Read more
Published on May 21 2003 by R. M. Ettinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Autoamerican doesn't make it for me.
Sorry, I can't agree with the other reviews. For a group that pioneered hard-driving rock in the late 70's, this wild mix of eclecticism doesn't cut it for me. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Mr. M. J. A. Hoerchner
5.0 out of 5 stars AUTOAMERICAN ROCKS OUT
Autoamerican is probally Blondie's most experimental album, which is to say, it's full of great variety. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by Ashley Blair
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