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  • Audio CD (Nov. 21 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005176F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Beetlebum
2. Song 2
3. There's No Other Way
4. Universal
5. Coffee & TV
6. Parklife
7. End of a Century
8. No Distance Left to Run
9. Tender
10. Girls & Boys
11. Charmless Man
12. She's So High
13. Country House
14. To the End
15. On Your Own
16. This Is a Low
17. For Tomorrow
18. Music Is My Radar

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Scanning the track listing of this album, it's hard not to conclude that Blur aren't a little embarrassed by their early work. Opening with the chart one-two of "Beetlebum" and "Song 2" (from their eponymous 1997 watershed album) rather than the baggy groove of their debut single, "She's So High," it's apparent that they desire to accentuate their more recent efforts. Running order aside, it's hard to fault the 18 songs which chart the life and times of one of Britain's smartest, most inventive bands. From the tuxedoed ballad "The Universal" through the cartoon Brit-pop of numbers such as "Parklife" and "Country House" to the freshly recorded indie-influenced "Music Is My Radar," their searching intelligence and deft hooks are never less than admirable. --Mike Pattenden

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 29 2011
Format: Audio CD
One of the first songs that introduced me to this group was the daring and summer themed song of "Girls and Boys". Like many others, I had also heard and enjoyed "Song 2" when it had came out in the 90's. Then I was interested in getting this collection when the lead singer Damon had went on to be the lead singer in the group Gorillaz (this is especially because I enjoyed the musical tracks from the Gorillaz of "Feel Good" and "Dare"). After listening to this cd you are going to get a positive sense of why Damon Albarn was selected to be the frontman for both the Gorillaz and Blur. Damon has a very strong and good singing voice in many of the songs. Like the Gorillaz, the music used in the Blur songs is very unique and energetic. There is the very folksy but relaxing "Coffee and Tv" track on this cd, and then there are the upbeat and fun musical numbers of "Country House", "Song 2", and "Tender'. "Coffe and Tv" seems to be about getting away from it all and starting over a new life. "Song 2" seems to be about letting go, but being kind of relaxed about it. "Tender" is a song about wanting to experience the strong emotion of love. I really enjoyed "Beetlebum" and "Parklife" as well. "Beetlebum" is a very catchy song about how healing someone can be to someone else with their "sensual" and "erotic" skills. "Parklife" is a musical track about taking it easy during the day and starting the day on their own terms. This greatest hits compilation is so good that I would definitely consider purchasing any future music from Blur when they release their new album (it is had been reported through the online Sun newspaper that they may do this).Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28 2005
Format: Audio CD
Based on these 18 songs, Blur isn't just the best pop band of the '90s, with greater range and depth than their peers, they rank among the best pop bands of all time. Hit singles including "On Your Own", "Beetlebum", "M.O.R" and the single in my opinion and most likely everyone's is one of the best "Song 2". They go beyond there time. Overall this is a fantastic cd, and is a must have to anyone! I highly recommend it!
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Somewhere between the fall of Brit Rock and the rise of stateside homegrown grunge in the mid 1990's Blur got lost in the uh,er....blur. It's ashamed because during that decade our boys from Colchester U.K. produced seven consecutive thematic albums that are the equal of any pop group, American or Brit, during any era. Damon Albarn, Blur singer and lyricist posesses the keen satirical eye of the brillant Ray Davies, chief songmeister for the legendardy Kinks. Indeed Blur's preoccupation with theme of disaffected working class youth in the UK follows the royal bloodline of Brit bands started by the Kinks, the Who and Small Faces in the 60's, and endured through the 70's and 80's with second generation of bands like XTC, the Jam and Squeeze. So Blur is vangaurd of the third generation (1990s) that presents the perils and rebellion of yet another generation of youth, in post-colonial Britian. Like many of their forbearers of Brit rock Blur's cameleon-like capacity to constantly reinvent themselves, may also be their greatest flaw. Woefully underappreciated guitarist, Graham Coxon is the glue that holds Blur together as they leap through a bracing tour de force of stylistic shifts. The broad stylistic range presented in the "Best of Blur" makes one wonder if it's really the same band playing on all of the cuts. In other words, Blur is often too clever for their own good. The amazing part is that Blur has the restraint to never over-reach and implode under the weight of their far flung musical ideas, as so many of their predecessors were apt to do. It is problematic for a band like Blur to develop a readily indentifiable signature sound, which seems to be a prerequisite for success in the pop world. Stay dull and churn out formulamatic songs if you want to get to the top and stay at the top.Read more ›
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Blur is both a great singles band and a great albums band. The Best Of Blur focuses on their prowess as a singles band, and in this regard might more correctly be called "Blur's Greatest Hits." (If I may split hairs, it seems to me that a CD called "Greatest Hits" should include pretty much only hit singles, while one titled "Best Of" should more fully represent the artist's "best" material, including hit singles and album tracks.) Nit-picking aside, The Best Of Blur serves as a perfect model for a worthwhile (and worth the money) compilation. First, with 18 tracks, it features about three-quarters of the singles that charted in the US and UK, plus one well-chosen album cut and a new song for good measure (the fact that about a half-dozen chart singles are missing is indicative of what a successful band Blur was in the 90s). Moreover, the content of this disc leaves no question as the overall quality of Blur's output. Finally, while this can only be realized in hindsight, The Best Of was released at an ideal time, as the recording of Blur's 2003 release Think Tank would mark the beginning of a new era for the band.
The most obvious shortcoming of this disc is that it slights Blur's superb second CD, Modern Life Is Rubbish, by including only one of its tracks, "For Tomorrow". The most inexplicable omission would be the the proto-Britpop single "Popscene", but the singles "Chemical World" and "Sunday, Sunday" are also missing. As it happens, however, this weakness is turned into a strength by leaving room for the inclusion of three tracks from their more experimental (ie, less poppy, more personal) sixth CD 13.
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