Blondie – Live At The Waldorf 1977

ThisĀ is Blondie before they became a pop band, big in England. Here they are as part of the newave scene in New York. Just check out Debbie Harry’s rendition of The Doors’ Moonlight Mile. She’s never returned to do this cover. Back then it wasn’t about being a celebrity, it was about carrying the responsibility of an artist, the power to create and transform.

The Old Waldorf in San Francisco might be close and intimate but it had a great sound so much so that KSAN-FM felt encouraged to broadcast the shows. This is what cream-puff-war, who now resides on the internet, posted: “On many nights I went there to see excellent artists perform such as Blondie (1977), U2, X, XTC, John Cale, John Cipolllina… a soundboard tape would be played over the PA – the tapes sounded superb, recorded from concurrent shows by artists who played at the Old Waldorf (say the week before), such as Elvis Costello, Squeeze, so forth and so on.”

So it should not come as a surprise that this in-your-face set sounds terrific. Even though Blondie were formed in 1974, by 1977 the group was a well-tuned outfit. While some see them as the house band at New York’s CBGB, they had toured with Iggy Pop earlier that year; played with Joan Jett and even did a UK tour in May supporting Television.

Blondie had released their self-titled debut album in 1976 while their second album, Plastic Letters, was released in March 1977. As can be expected, the set consisted of tracks from both albums and, as a special treat, they even covered the Yardbirds’ Heart Full Of Soul and the Doors’ Moonlight Drive, with Debbie Harry in blistering form.

Overall, an eclectic mix of punk and new wave, even if it is a relatively short set, Blondie do come across as refreshingly energetic, no doubt buoyed by what sounded like a partisan crowd.

Track Listing
Track 01 X-Offender
Track 02 Youth Nabbed As Sniper
Track 03 Fan Mail
Track 04 Cautious Lip
Track 05 I’m On E
Track 06 Detroit 442
Track 07 I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No
Track 08 Bermuda Trianle Blues (Flight 45)
Track 09 (I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear
Track 10 Contact In Red Square
Track 11 A Shark In Jet’s Clothing
Track 12 In The Sun
Track 13 Heart Full Of Soul (Yardbirds)
Track 14 Playing With Fire
Track 15 Moonlight Drive (Doors)


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