Parallel Lines

~ Release group by Blondie

Annotation

Chris Stein also credited for playing 12 string guitar and ebow on the album

Annotation last modified on 2012-07-19 23:15 UTC.

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Parallel Lines 12" Vinyl 12 Chrysalis CDL 1192
Parallel Lines 12" Vinyl 12 Chrysalis CHR 1192 [none]
Parallel Lines 12" Vinyl 12 Chrysalis 6307 654 [none]
Parallel Lines (picture disc) 12" Vinyl 12 Chrysalis CHP 5001 [none]
Parallel Lines 12" Vinyl 12 Chrysalis CHR 1192 [none]
Parallel Lines 12" Vinyl 12 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-050 [none]
Parallel Lines CD 12 Chrysalis CDP 32 1192 2 094632119223
Parallel Lines CD 12 Chrysalis CCD 1192 094632119223
Parallel Lines CD 12 Chrysalis F2 21192 094632119223
Parallel Lines CD 12 Chrysalis VK 41192 04411411922
Parallel Lines CD 12 Chrysalis F2 21192
Parallel Lines CD 13 DCC Compact Classics, CEMA Special Markets (a division of Capitol‐EMI Music, Inc.) GZS-1062, S21-18012 010963106220
Parallel Lines (2001 remaster) CD 16 Chrysalis 533 5992 0724353359928
Parallel Lines (2001 remaster) CD 16 Chrysalis 72435-33599-2-8 724353359928
Parallel Lines CD 16 Chrysalis TOCP-67893 4988006839922
Parallel Lines (deluxe collector's edition) CD 16 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 509992 27689 26 5099922768926
Parallel Lines Digital Media 12 Chrysalis, EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0842812100598
Promotion
Parallel Lines CD 14 Upfront Promotions UPBLNDE001 [none]

Relationships

part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 140)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000011984 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/3337 [info]
Wikidata: Q1072373 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Parallel Lines [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/blondie/parallel_lines/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/mf54 [info]

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The most perfect example of Blondie's grafting of sixties power pop with new wave, Parallel Lines was one of the biggest hits of 1978/9. Supremely assured, the group was unafraid to go disco, go art, or just play fine, fine pop.

After years in the business, Debbie Harry was street-wise, confident, completely in control. Thousands of teenagers were enraptured - boys wanted to be with her, girls wanted to be her. With her musical partner Chris Stein, they created intelligent pop that referenced all of their 60s favourites, while embracing the CBGBs punk scene in New York that the group had grown out of. Working with British bubblegum producer, Mike Chapman, they selected material which played to the group's strengths. Chapman had co-written glam classics such as "Blockbuster" by Sweet and "Tiger Feet" by Mud, so was well-trained in spotting a great pop tune when he heard one. And hear them he did, with Stein and Harry dipping into a catalogue of songs, with contributions from the rest of the band and songwriter Jack Lee, who contributed the unforgettable opener, "Hanging On The Telephone." To underline Blondie's art background, Robert Fripp was also on hand, contributing guitar to the brooding "Fade Away and Radiate."

But no-one cared much for the art when the pop was this flamboyant. Containing the No.1s "Sunday Girl" and disco-pastiche turned disco-classic "Heart Of Glass" as well as "Picture This" and "Hanging On The Telephone", Parallel Lines, with its iconic cover imagery, was a permanent fixture in Britain in the late 70s. It went to No. 1 in the chart on 17th February and remained there for four weeks, staying on the listings for 106 weeks in total.