Blur - The Great Escape - Limited Edition (CD)

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    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Brit Pop
    Number of Discs
    2
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    CD
    Title
    Great Escape [Special Edition] [Digipak]
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    5099964482521
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Naxos
    Distributor
    EMI
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    5099964482521
    Previews

    Spin (11/95, pp.124-125) - 6 - Reasonably Good - "...Blur turns the rotating-robot staccato silverware clank of manlier Limeys like Elastica...into dance oriented pop muzik. When it's swirling fast and busy, it's wonderful..."
    Q (12/99, p.84) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
    Q (2/96, p.62) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.
    Q (10/95, p.110) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...THE GREAT ESCAPE's rich tapestry is matched by music of kaleidoscopic surprises--half punk and half pop-psychedelic in its influences, restlessly innovative in its execution..."
    Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #10 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's 'Albums Of The Year.'
    Melody Maker (9/9/95, p.33) - Bloody Essential - "...Blur's fourth album (theirs is now the most interesting career since Joy Division metamorphosed into New Order) is more robotic than rock, less Kinks than Kraftwerk....Blur understand the geometry of the song, and the basic principles of pop, better than anyone today....The experimental hits just keep on coming..."
    NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #9 in NME's 'Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.
    NME (Magazine) (9/9/95, p.46) - 9 (out of 10) - "...If Noel Oasis' strength derives from an ambition to be the John Lennon of his generation, then Blur want to be Lennon AND McCartney. Which means THE GREAT ESCAPE is so rammed with tunes, ideas, emotions, humour, tragedy, farce, and edgy beauty that's it's utterly beyond contemporary compare..."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Stereotypes
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Country House
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Best Days
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Charmless Man
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Fade Away
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Top Man
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] The Universal
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mr Robinson's Quango
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] He Thought of Cars
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] It Could Be You
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Ernold Same
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Globe Alone
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Dan Abnormal
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Entertain Me
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Yuko and Hiro
    16. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] One Born Every Minute
    17. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] To the End (La Comedie)
    18. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Ultranol
    19. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] No Monsters in Me
    20. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Entertain Me (Live It! Remix )
    21. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] The Man Who Left Himself
    22. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Tame
    23. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Ludwig
    24. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] The Horrors
    25. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] A Song
    26. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] St Louis
    27. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Country House (Live )
    28. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] Girls and Boys (Live )
    29. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] Parklife (Live )
    30. [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] For Tomorrow (Live )
    31. [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] Charmless Man (Live At The Budokan )
    32. [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] Chemical World (Live At The Budokan )
    33. [ Disc 02 Track 18 ] Eine Kleine Lift Musik
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Stereotypes
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Country House
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Best Days
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Charmless Man
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Fade Away
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Top Man
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Universal, The
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mr Robinson's Quango
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] He Thought of Cars
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] It Could Be You
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Ernold Same
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Globe Alone
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Dan Abnormal
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Entertain Me
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Yuko and Hiro
    16. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] One Born Every Minute
    17. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] To the End (La Comedie)
    18. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Ultranol
    19. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] No Monsters In Me
    20. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Entertain Me [Live It! Remix] - (remix)
    21. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Man Who Left Himself, The
    22. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Tame
    23. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Ludwig
    24. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Horrors, The
    25. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Song, A
    26. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] St Louis
    27. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Country House [Live At Mile End] - (live)
    28. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] Girls and Boys [Live At Mile End] - (live)
    29. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] Parklife [Live At Mile End] - (live)
    30. [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] For Tomorrow [Live At Mile End] - (live)
    31. [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] Charmless Man [Live At the Budokan] - (live)
    32. [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] Chemical World [Live At the Budokan] - (live)
    33. [ Disc 02 Track 18 ] Kleine Lift Musik, Eine
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    23 July 2012
    Country
    South Africa
    Notes

    Blur: Damon Albarn (vocals, piano, organ, synthesizer, handclaps); Graham Coxon (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, saxophone, handclaps, background vocals); Alex James (bass, handclaps, background vocals); Dave Rowntree (drums, handclaps, background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Cathy Gillat (vocals); The Right On Ken Livingstone (spoken vocals); Stephen Street (handclaps); Angela Murrell, Teresa Jane Davis (background vocals).
    The Duke Strings Quartet: Louisa Fuller, Rick Koster (violin); John Metcalfe (viola); Ivan McCermoy (cello).
    The Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Tim Sanders (saxophone); Roddy Lorimer (trumpet); Neil Sidwell (trombone).
    Recorded at Maison Rouge and Townhouse Studios, London, England between January and May 1995.
    Audio Remasterers: Frank Arkwright; Stephen Street.
    Liner Note Author: Miranda Sawyer.
    Recording information: Maison Rouge, Fulham, London (01/1995-05/1995); Mile End Stadium, London (01/1995-05/1995); The Budokan (01/1995-05/1995); Townhouse Studios, London (01/1995-05/1995); Maison Rouge, Fulham, London (06/17/1995); Mile End Stadium, London (06/17/1995); The Budokan (06/17/1995); Townhouse Studios, London (06/17/1995); Maison Rouge, Fulham, London (11/08/1995); Mile End Stadium, London (11/08/1995); The Budokan (11/08/1995); Townhouse Studios, London (11/08/1995).
    Directors: Jonathan Glazer; Paul Postle.
    Photographers: Steve Pyke; Paul Postle; Kevin Westenberg; Kim Tonelli.
    Beyond British and sensationally sociological, Blur and singer/songwriter Damon Albarn weave tales of stifling middle class ennui into clever pop vignettes. THE GREAT ESCAPE is another demonstration of Blur's unique intelligence, more of Albarn's witty commentary, and substantial proof that the group may be bordering on genius.
    As usual, Albarn's senses are keen on THE GREAT ESCAPE. His ear for melody and sound textures shines throughout the album's fifteen brilliant tracks. The ska horns and spy soundtrack guitar riffing on "Fade Away" exemplify Blur's knack for pop music, yet elevate the song beyond simple genre-fication, with a dignity reserved for the orchestra pit. The snide humor behind "Mr. Robinson And His Quango" rubs shoulders with the desperation of "He Thought Of Cars," all the while dwelling on what they hope to escape. It's this nagging dread that carries the album--the sense that the people Albarn describes are as desperate to find meaning as Albarn is to capture it within the song's narrative.
    THE GREAT ESCAPE may not turn into Blur's great American breakthrough album, but if you're not thrown by Albarn's overwhelmingly British aesthetic, it just might be enough to take you away from the confines of your day to day doldrums.

    Date Released
    2012-07-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Blur
    Artists
    1. Blur
    Duration
    129m 12s

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