This week’s Rock-a-Ramas were written by Mandy Brownholtz, Zachary Lipez, Grace Scott, and Maria Sherman. Read last week’s reviews here.
BLONDIE, Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982
This is kind of the box set to end all box sets, at least if you’re an extreme Blondie fan like me. However, as CREEM’s lowley reviewers only get digital downloads, lacking the tactile experience of actually sitting with this behemoth and playing every album individually—six remastered full albums, four albums of outtakes, demos and home recordings—observations are limited. From the promotional video, though, the design is really nice—exactly what you would expect from any Numero release—and keeping with Blondie’s own world of visual coolness, so that’s a relief. The accompanying hardcover book of liner notes and essays features photos I’ve never seen, which also makes me want it. And the rarities are cool; a stripped down, twangy track called "I Love You Honey, Give Me a Beer" (an early demo that would become “Go Through It”); a surfy, home recording called “Mr. Sightseer”; many, many demos. If my landlord wasn’t raising my rent, I would buy this.—G.S.