Parklife (Special Edition) [2LP Vinyl] Import, Limited Edition
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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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Pressed on quiet heavy weight vinyl with a great quality cover. Unfortunately, it sounds like the remaster suffers from the "loudness war". Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2012 by Pauly G
One of the most melodic albums Out There! my fave tracks are 16. Lot 105 17. Boys & Girls (Pet shop boys --ReMix!) tracy jacks is grand! Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2011 by marketminutdave
after several listens this cd seems overstated, i's a good cd for sure but not the CLASSIC that some music critique have said.
I bought this album having only heard "Girls and Boys", which I think is a great song, and was immediately displeased with the rest on the album. Read morePublished on June 29 2004
1994's Parklife saw Blur reach the dizzyinig heights of the 1990's that the Beatles saw in the '60's. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Sakos
This is a great Britpop album from a consistantly brilliant band. It isn't however the best Britpop album of the 90's. That would be Pulp's unrivalled masterpiece Different Class. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
There's good songwriting and a lot of talent here, but I guess it's just not my cup of tea. Somehow, it just doesn't work, and isn't a pleasant listening experience for me at all. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by aminor7
Arguably one of the most revolutionary bands of all time, Blur's album "Parklife" is one of the most revolutionary albums of all time. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Gregory R. Schultz
Seems an odd choice for #1, doesn't it? From start to finish, this is one of the most pleasing musical experiences you'll ever have. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by B. Keelor