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Blondie Marking 40th Anniversary with Two-Disc Package Featuring New Album, Hits Compilation

Image courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Blondie (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Blondie (via ABC News Radio)

Blondie will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a big way, by releasing a new two-disc collection combining a brand-new studio effort and an album of updated versions of the group's best-known tunes.  Due out on May 13, Blondie 4(0) Ever will include the influential New York band's long-awaited 10th studio album, Ghosts of a Download , as well as Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits , which boasts renditions of 11 classic Blondie songs rerecorded by the veteran New Wave act's current lineup.

Ghosts of Download finds Blondie exploring a variety of genres, including modern electronic and dance music, reggae, pop and rock.  A number of guest artists make appearances on the record, including Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto , New York City club performer Miss Guy , Colombian group Systema Solar and Oakland–based Panamanian rap act Los Rakas .  The album features a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood 's 1983 hit "Relax."

Among the many memorable songs included on Deluxe Redux are "Heart of Glass," "Tide Is High," "Rapture," "One Way or Another" and "Call Me."

Blondie 4(0) Ever will be available in a variety of configurations, including a deluxe edition that features the two CDs, a bonus DVD boasting footage of a 1977 performance at CBGB, a collectible poster and five postcards with photographs taken by guitarist Chris Stein .  There's also the standard two-CD set, a digital download and a vinyl package offering LP versions of the two albums together with the DVD.

Fans pre-ordering the digital version of Blondie 4(0) Ever via Amazon or iTunes will receive three bonus Ghosts of Download tracks, and also will be able to instantly download the new song "I Want to Drag You Around."

Two preview tracks from Blondie 4(0) Ever , the Ghosts of Download tune " Sugar on the Side " and a new rendition of " One Way or Another ," can be heard now at the band's official YouTube channel.

Here is the full Blondie 4(0) Ever track list:

Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits
"Heart of Glass"
"Dreaming"
"Tide Is High"
"Maria"
"Sunday Girl"
"Hanging on the Telephone"
"Rapture"
"One Way or Another"
"Call Me"
"Atomic"
"Rip Her to Shreds"

Ghosts of Download
"Sugar on the Side"
"Rave"
"A Rose by Any Name"
"I Want to Drag You Around"
"Winter"
"I Screwed Up"
"Relax"
"Take Me in the Night"
"Make a Way"
"Mile High"
"Euphoria"
"Take It Back"
"Backroom"

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