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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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