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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