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Autoamerican Original recording remastered
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|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|
|11. Walk Like Me|
|12. Follow Me|
|13. Call Me (long version)|
|14. Suzy & Jeffrey|
|15. Rapture (Special Disco Mix)|
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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Top Customer Reviews
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by j
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. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Brett Boles
Here are my favorite tracks:
2. Live It Up
5. Angels On The Balcony
7. Do The Dark
Give them a listen.
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
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 morePublished on Dec 23 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 18 2003
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