Friday, August 26, 2022

It's the Chance I Had to Take

Chris Stein tweets: The Blondie "Against the Odds" material is out on all platforms today! Some great odd stuff. Here's my home tape rig, borrowed Teac 4 track, in my 1st Ave apartment c 1972.

Putting aside the fact that this is about 20 years too late, I was sorta bummed to see that the music is in fact streaming -- what's a streaming "box set"? shouldn't there be some reward for people who shell out the cash? -- mainly because I ordered the three-disc bonus tracks set (NO WAY am I paying for the first six albums for the 1,000th time!) and it still hasn't arrived, yet I can already listen to it online. Still, Blondie's my band so I'll get over it. (They cover Ike and Tina Turner's "Sexy Ida"! “Flight 45” with piano! It sounds like Jimmy's singing the "Angels on the Balcony" demo! The home demo of "The Hardest Part" is exhilarating! That alt take of "I'm on E"!) 

It started here on Aug. 6, 2016, at Chris Stein's place up in Woodstock. 

Via NYT: As Chris Stein searched for rare recordings to include in “Against the Odds: 1974-1982,” a handsome chronicle of the new wave band Blondie’s emergence from underdogs to pop stars, he rummaged diligently inside a packed barn on his property near Woodstock and -- “I don’t have a barn,” Stein exclaimed in a recent interview, in a tone that was exasperated but also comedic. “The boxed set says I have a barn?” He sighed. “It’s a garage.”


It's here! 

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