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Autoamerican Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 11 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005MNP6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 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)

Product Description

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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By KaseyG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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Format: Audio CD
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. "Angels on the Balcony" is perhaps my VERY fave Blondie song ever, and "Walk Like Me" is an understated gem.
But C'MON! "Here's Looking At You" and "Follow Me" are gay cabaret at its worst, and "Europa" is perhaps the most overproduced piece of junk the band ever recorded. Please tell me what the functional difference between "Live It Up" and "Do The Dark" is, cuz I don't see it.
Now, I do give kudos to Blondie for the enormous hits they scored with "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture." But I change the station when I hear those danged things start today. PLAYED OUT. Great in their time, but I just can't take them any more.
This album just tries way too hard to be all things to all people. The Blondie I know and love is Plastic Letters/Parallel Lines/Eat to the Beat and most of The Hunter. And I can't help but add in KooKoo and the freaking BRILLIANT Heart on a Wall, one of my top 10 albums of the '80s.
But sorry, Autoamerican isn't anywhere near the six listed above. This was a sorry presaging of what the decade was about to do to ballsy rock.
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Autoamerican is probally Blondie's most experimental album, which is to say, it's full of great variety. Some 20 years on, rock fans can appreciate Blondie for not only being creative and original, but just so talented in their drive for music diversity. Tracks like "Rapture", "Tide is High", "Faces" and "Angels on the Balcony" are outstanding. Blondie scored 2 American #1 Singles off "AutoAmerican" in 1980/81 with "The Tide is High and Rapture". In fact Blondie introduced Reggae and Rap to millions around the world, where very few people ever heard of Reggae, not to mention the then bubbling under Rap/Hip Hop culture starting to form. Blondie's "Rapture" is probally the most creative song of the 1980's, it's catchy, it's musically even, and creative in it's lyrics, everything that rock is suppose to be about. Autoamerican is often bashed for being too diverse, I argue that this is one of the most under rated gems in rock. It's a solid album, if it wasn't it would not have produced 2 of Rock Music's finest and most popular songs of all time.
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