Blur - The Great Escape (CD)

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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Brit Pop
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
The Great Escape
Media
CD
BarCode
724383523528
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Food
Distributor
n/a
Format
CD
Barcode
724383523528
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 Robinsons' 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
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 & Hiro
Genre
Pop / Rock
Country
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.
Personnel: Damon Albarn (vocals, piano, organ, synthesizer, hand claps); Cathy Gillat (vocals); Graham Coxon (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, saxophone, hand claps, background vocals); Rick Koster, Louise Fuller (violin); John Metcalfe (viola); Ivan McCermoy (cello); Simon Clarke, Tim Sanders (saxophone); Roddy Lorimer (trumpet); J. Neil Sidwell (trombone); Alex James (bass guitar, hand claps); Dave Rowntree (drums, hand claps); Stephen Street (hand claps); Angela Murrell, Theresa Davis (background vocals).
Recording information: Fulham Studios, London, England; London Studios, London, England; Maison Rouge Studios, London, England; Townhouse Studios, London, England.
Photographers: Tom King ; Nels Israelson.
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.

Duration
56m 55s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Blur
Producer
Stephen Street
Artists
  1. Blur
Date Released
1999-01-01 00:00:00
Engineer
Damon Albarn; Dave Rowntree; Graham Coxon; John Smith
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