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Parklife (Special Edition) [2LP Vinyl] Limited Edition, Import


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  • LP Record (July 31 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B007SAKYNS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. Girls and Boys
2. Tracy Jacks
3. End of a Century
4. Parklife
5. Bank Holiday
6. Bad Head
7. The Debt Collector
8. Far Out
Disc: 2
1. To the End
2. London Loves
3. Trouble in the Message Centre
4. Clover Over Dover
5. Magic America
6. Jubilee
7. This Is a Low
8. Lot 105

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One of the most successful and enduring bands the UK has ever produced Blur need no introduction, their 20 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK No 1 albums speak for themselves.

21 years on from their debut album Leisure, Blur have now come of age and to celebrate this milestone the Blur 21 campaign will present all seven of their studio albums expanded - and the first five remastered - for the first time on 2CD and LP, together with a 21 disc super deluxe box set charting the history of one the UK's most important bands. Personally compiled by the band, these editions and boxed sets are due for release by Parlophone on July 31, 2012.

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur's break-through album Parklife 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 original producer, Stephen Street.

Expanded across two discs, the LP format of the Parklife remaster is cut on heavyweight 180 gram, audiophile vinyl and housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork.

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Although Blur had long been recognised as one of the premier bands responsible for the reinvigoration of Britpop in the 1990s, it's 1994's Parklife that truly provided the template for the entire movement. At a time when Oasis were aping the sounds of their pub-rock heroes on Definitely Maybe, Blur drew from the legacy of the Kinks and Small Faces to create an album that's as English as a rainy Sunday in front of the gas fire. Parklife is full of songs that, quite frankly, don't make much sense outside of the British Isles, songs that find joy in the mundane, like "Girls & Boys" (a song about working-class holidaymakers in the sun) and "Parklife" (a day in the life of a cheeky, unemployed bench-sitter). Witty, ironic and irreverent, Parklife remains one of those rare albums that sum up a specific place and time (Britain in the mid-1990s). For that reason alone, it can be considered one of Blur's finest albums. --Robert Burrow --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Matt Poole on Feb. 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
Parklife is one of Blur's best albums. Know what I mean?
On Parklife, Blur take their old-meets-new Britpop sound they developed on Modern Life is Rubbish and make it catchier, tighter and recorded with cleaner production. Damon Albarn uses a wider range of keyboards than he had before and Graham Coxon begins to experiment on his guitar (which would lead to the unusual lines in The Great Escape, the noise on "Blur" and eventually his own squiggly solo work). If you keep an ear out on headphones, you'll hear lots of background texture as well, be it sound effects, delay effects or bobbing electronica sounds.
This is probably one of the best, if not the best concept album of the 1990s. Britain in music, the UK culture distilled onto a disc. There are lyrical mentions to European holidays, bingo, sailing, Americanisation, the civil service, the cliffs of Dover, motorways, call centres, eccentrics, bone idlers and the stiff-upper lip . There are musical allusions to british styles of music, like punk, spoken word and synth pop, and to british musicians such as Syd Barrett (particularly on Far Out) and the Kinks. Even the Harpsichord, a very British instrument, makes an appearance on Clover Over Dover. No wonder this album made such an impact on the way the British looked at themselves. A lot of thought went into this disc, and that thought makes these catchy pop songs all the more enjoyable.
Despite the joking and irony, there are true emotions on this album. They range widely, from the party mood of "Girls and Boys", to the cynical feel of "Jubilee", to the jokey stomp of "Lot 105" to the depressing sweep of "This is a Low". There is something on this CD for however you are feeling. Fun, clever, catchy, and you can relate to it.
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Blur is one of the last true 'album' bands in existence--that is, they focus their primary energies on making brilliant and adventurous records, à la The Beatles. Almost no band in the past decade has been so amazingly consistent, so cutting-edge and daring. "Parklife," their epochal 1994 release, still stands as the gold standard in the elustrious Blur back catalogue; it is a record that is boldly representive of its time period, yet light years ahead of it. Safely said, almost no band has ever made such a pure, diverse, and enthralling pop record, one that seems to encompass the very history of rock 'n roll. "Parklife" overflows with melody and atmosphere and Damon's lyrics unfold like a great story, jumping from one idiosyncracy of English life to the next. His characters, pulled from the everyday pages of English life, are rich and complex figures whose lives and actions beg for the listener's full attention. Yet, even if the listener is oblivious to the this record's staunch Englishness, the music is more than capable of enchanting your ear and enriching your mind. Beautiful guitar riffs, sonorous and thick bass lines, spacey organs, and sweeping horns and strings permeate these tunes. On "Girls and Boys," the catchiest bass line in the history of recorded music is intertwined with a minimalist guitar figure and a bleepy synth to make one of the best pop singles in history. On "This Is A Low," a backwards guitar figure cascades over light cymbal splashes, eventually giving way to Damon's echoey, melancholy chorus--when he longingly enunciates "This is a low/But it won't hurt you when you're alone," the hairs on my neck stand up.Read more ›
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Awhile ago, I had picked up the Best of Blur to see if it was worth buying. While listening to it, I became inspired. Noticing a large(but not intimidating back catalog), I decided to give some of their actual albums a shot. Seeing as how Parklife was their most critcally acclaimed album, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. While I didn't warm up to it right away, it has nuzzled its way into one of my current favorites.
Tight song writing and great lyrical hooks are some of the main draws of this CD. What really helps this CD out is the almost XTC Skylarking-esque orchastration on all the songs. But where to me, XTC's music comes of as Medival folk, Parklife embodies the working class of Britain. With that in mind, Blur proceeds to poke fun in a satirical manner with lyrics that light and amusing, the band comes back with catchy numbers and great varation. To the disco beat of Girls & Boys and London Loves, to the quirk rock sounds of Parklife and Bank Holiday, each song remains fresh. Above all else, this CD features some of the most consistant song writing for an album with 16 tracks.
I still recommend Best Of Blur as an introduction for all the would be Blur fans for a great view of all their work, Parklife is possibly the best place to start. It stands as their best work that I've heard and one of the best Brit-pop CDs I've heard. I have a feeling I'll be listening to this one for awhile.
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By Aaron Wells on Jan. 29 2002
Format: Audio CD
This ranks among the essential alternative art-pop CDs of the nineties. Pop is really not a fair term altogether, because many of the songs on "Parklife" are not very accessible. One could go on about the hooks, and the song-writing, and the diversity, blah blah blah. The bottem line is that you can never really define what makes great music, yet you know it when you hear it. Blur just has it; it's in the touch and the sound. And even in their slower tunes their exists a drive that is lacking in so many other bands who just don't get it. Blur's respect for the great artists of Britian truly enhances their already unique sound. Quoting the hooks of Bowie, early Pink Floyd, and the Kinks will never hurt your sound. What is so amazing about this band is that if they had never changed their approach after this, they still would have been great. But after "Great Escape" they begin a revamped phase that combines the best of British alternative with American indie rock. "Girls and Boys," End of a Century," "Parklife," "This is a Low," and most every other track are fantastic. It's interesting that young americans truly adore Radiohead(and deservedly so)but have not to the same degree caught on to Blur,who ranks every bit as important among the top of the British bands. Perhaps one of Amazon's reviwers put it best when they said that Blur is better than 90% of what's out there. With this in mind, you really can't go wrong with any of their CDs.
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