Autoamerican [Bonus Tracks]

Autoamerican [Bonus Tracks]

by BlondieBlondie

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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The basic Blondie sextet was augmented, or replaced, by numerous session musicians (including lots of uncredited horn and string players) for the group's fifth album, Autoamerican, on which they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat. A cover of Jamaican group the Paragons' "The Tide Is High," released in advance of the album, became a gold-selling number one single, as did the rap pastiche "Rapture," but, despite their presence, the album stalled in the lower half of the Top Ten and spent fewer weeks in the charts than either of its predecessors. One reason for that, admittedly, was that Chrysalis Records pulled promotion of the disc in favor of pushing lead singer Debbie Harry's debut solo album, KooKoo, not even bothering to release a third single after scoring two chart-topping hits. But then, it's hard to imagine what that third single could have been on an album that leads off with a pretentious string-filled instrumental ("Europa"), and also finds Harry crooning ersatz '20s pop on "Here's Looking at You" and tackling Broadway show music in a cover of "Follow Me" from Camelot. Though more characteristic, the rest of the tracks are weak compositions indifferently executed. Thus Autoamerican was memorable only for its hits, which would be better heard when placed on a hits compilation. The 2001 reissue strengthened the release by adding as bonus tracks an eight-minute version of "Call Me," the band's previous number one hit theme from the film American Gigolo; "Suzy & Jeffrey," the non-LP B-side of "The Tide Is High," and actually a better track than most of the album cuts on the original record; and a ten-minute "special disco mix" of "Rapture" that featured an extended percussion break.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724353359522
catalogNumber: 33595
Rank: 10432

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blondie   Primary Artist
Debbie Harry   Vocals,Group Member
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Lyricon
Jimmy Destri   Keyboards,Group Member
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Ray Brown   Bass
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion
Clem Burke   Drums,Group Member
Steve Goldstein   Synthesizer,Piano
Nigel Harrison   Bass,Group Member
Frank Infante   Guitar,Group Member
Howard Kaylan   Vocals
Scott Lesser   Percussion
Emil Richards   Percussion
Chris Stein   Guitar,Timpani,Group Member
Mark Volman   Vocals
Wah Wah Watson   Guitar
W.W. Watson   Guitar
Steve "Golde" Goldstein   Synthesizer,Piano
B-Girls   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Debbie Harry   Composer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer,Producer
Bill Bass   Art Direction
Lenise Bent   Engineer
Bob Emmer   Director
Shep Gordon   Director
Jimmie Haskell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Scott Lesser   Stage Manager
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Denny Vosburgh   Director
Mike Chapman   Producer,Liner Notes
Robert Fisher   Reissue Design
Bob Gruen   Reissue Photography
Kevin Flaherty   Producer,Reissue Producer,Reissue Compiler
Darren Wong   Art Direction
Bryan Kelley   Producer,Reissue Producer
Jeff Mayer   Reissue Photography
Martina Hoffman   Paintings
Jack Goga   Composer
Martin Hoffman   Paintings
Jimmy Haskell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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