Blur - Blur - Limited Edition (CD)

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    To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur’s eponymous fifth album has now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary producer, Stephen Street.

    Categories
    RockAlternative & IndiePopMusic
    Category
    1. Boxed Set
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Brit Pop
    Number of Discs
    2
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    CD
    Title
    Blur [Special Edition] [Box]
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    5099964483023
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Naxos
    Distributor
    EMI
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    5099964483023
    Previews

    Rolling Stone (4/3/97, pp.64-65) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...The scrupulous sonic contouring and porcelain finishes of Blur's last two albums have vanished. Blur's melodies, moreover, have abandoned much of their old Kinks-y fuss....What still makes them great is their deep grasp of style and genre..."
    Spin (4/97, pp.157-158) - 7 (out of 10) - "...prefac[ing] the release of BLUR, Albarn...declared an allegiance with Pavement and Beck....But no amount of gratuitous distortion or mumbling could disguise the truth that...Blur have stumbled over the most accomplished record of their career..."
    Entertainment Weekly (3/14/97, p.78) - "...Up to now, Blur--Oasis' chief rival in the U.K.--have remained a nonentity in the States; this may be the album that finally brings them into focus." - Rating: B+
    Q (1/98, p.111) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
    Alternative Press (5/97, pp.65-66) - 4 (out of five) - "...A whirl of weird esotericism, precious, precocious and impressively powerful, BLUR lurks in that grey area between work in progress, and progress is work..."
    Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #14 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."
    Melody Maker (2/8/97, p.48) - Recommended - "...BLUR is a statement if ever there was one. It's low-key, dirty, messy, minimal, a f***ing stampede from the pub jukebox into the garage....while slumming is repellent social behaviour, when it comes to making records it's a boon. That may or may not be why this is Blur's best album..."
    Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #38 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.61) - Ranked #50 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[T]heir imperial pop smarts benefit unexpectedly from being crushed and soiled, not just sonically, but emotionally."
    NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #13 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.
    NME (Magazine) (2/8/97, p.55) - 7 (out of 10) - "...a giant step of reinvention....Old Blur was about strings finely plucked, about attention to detail, about rendering beautiful the substance of other people's lives. New Blur is about confusion, about what they feel and...about scuffed edges..."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Beetlebum
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Song 2
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Country Sad Ballad Man
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] M.O.R.
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] On Your Own
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Theme from Retro
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] You're So Great
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Death of a Party
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Chinese Bombs
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I'm Just a Killer for Your Love
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Look Inside America
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Strange News from Another Star
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Movin' On
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Essex Dogs
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Interlude
    16. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] All Your Life
    17. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] A Spell (For Money)
    18. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Woodpigeon Song
    19. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Dancehall (2012 - Remaster)
    20. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Get Out of Cities
    21. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Polished Stone
    22. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Bustin' and Dronin'
    23. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] M.O.R. (Road Version )
    24. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Swallows in the Heatwave
    25. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Death of a Party (7'' Remix)
    26. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Cowboy Song
    27. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Beetlebum (Live Acoustic Version)
    28. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] On Your Own (Live Acoustic Version )
    29. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] Country Sad Ballad Man (Live Acoustic Version )
    30. [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] This Is a Low (Live Acoustic Version )
    31. [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] M.O.R. (Live in Utrecht )
    32. [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] Death of a Party (Live in Utrecht )
    33. [ Disc 02 Track 18 ] Song 2 (Live in Utrecht )
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Beetlebum
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Song 2
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Country Sad Ballad Man
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] M.O.R.
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] On Your Own
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Theme from Retro
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] You're So Great
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Death of a Party
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Chinese Bombs
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I'm Just a Killer for Your Love
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Look Inside
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Strange News from Another Star
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Movin' On
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Essex Dogs
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Interlude
    16. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] All You Life
    17. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Spell, A (For Money)
    18. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Woodpigeon Song
    19. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Dancehall
    20. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Get Out of Cities
    21. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Polished Stone
    22. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Bustin' + Dronin'
    23. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] M.O.R. [Road Version]
    24. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Swallows in the Heatwave
    25. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Death of a Party [7" Remix] - (remix)
    26. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Cowboy Song
    27. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Beetlebum
    28. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] On Your Own
    29. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] Country Sad Ballad Man
    30. [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] This Is a Low
    31. [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] M.O.R. - (live)
    32. [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] Death of a Party - (live)
    33. [ Disc 02 Track 18 ] Song 2 - (live)
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    23 July 2012
    Country
    South Africa
    Notes

    Blur: Damon Albarn (vocals, keyboards); Graham Coxon (guitar); Alex James (bass); Dave Rowntree (drums).
    Recorded in London, England and Iceland.
    Audio Remasterers: Frank Arkwright; Stephen Street.
    Liner Note Author: Miranda Sawyer.
    Photographers: Paul Postle; Liz Johnson Artur.
    It's okay, America, you can come out now! We don't sound like Duran Duran anymore! Me and the rest of the lads had us a meeting and decided it was time to give the eighties thing a bit of a rest. Don't worry, we didn't throw away all our fab analog synth gear, we just updated things a little. We moved out of that expensive umpteen-track studio and into our mate's mum's garage to get just the right feel for this one. We were so busy reinventing our sound that we didn't even have time to come up with a proper name for the album. What's in a name, though, as long as we've still got the pop hooks coming out our ears? We've been listening to some of that lo-fi Yank stuff and hanging out with some of the blokes from Stereolab in between reading all those fan mags that make up imaginary battles between us and Oasis, who care more about being the Beatles than we ever did. So the stage is set for our big American takeover. Now all we've got to do is get that bugger at the record company to stop calling our singer "dude."

    Date Released
    2012-07-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Blur
    Artists
    1. Blur
    Duration
    123m 23s

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