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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
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
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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

Product Description

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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.

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Format: Audio CD
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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If you only know of the 1997 and beyond Blur, then you might not enjoy this album. Sure, it sounds SOMEWHAT similar, but not too much similar. This was right in the middle of their Brit-pop Era and is their best album of that period, if not their best album overall (that's what I think - hell, its one of the best albums ever by any band, imo). The lyrics are in some cases rather hard to "get" as its a very British album, but the ones that you can get tend to be a LOT weightier than their later works.
The best tracks on this baby are Girls and Boys, Tracey Jacks, Parklife, Magic America, and probably a few others.. its a really great beginning-to-end listen.
If you own "13", "Blur", or even "Gorillaz" (i.e. the later Blur or Blur-related albums), make sure you have all three of those before thinking about buying "Parklife" (remember, its different), but if you have already heard and enjoyed "Modern Life is Rubbish" or "The Great Escape" then this album should give you a, to quote the title track, "enormous sense of well-being".
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What more can be said about Blur's third effort? Thier previous efforts (Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish) helped to strengthen thier name, especially with such singles as Chemical World and Theres No Other Way. However, its the infectuous eighties new wave inspired single "Girls and Boys" that gave Blur thier claim to fame.
Parklife blends a myriad of musical and poetical influences and then releases a monumental, emotional symphony out of the speakers. "To the End" is quite possibly the best love song ever written and composed "You and I collapsed in love..." is a brilliant piece of prose. At times emotions fill the room (End of a Century, This is a Low, Badhead) and other times raw energy spews out of the speakers (Bank Holiday, Lot 105, Jubilee).
Lyrically speaking, Parklife could very well replace any poetry youve read. Tracy Jacks is a confused individual who decides to leave home because, in Damons words "He knew in his heart he was over". Theres the evocative "And on the malinhead, Blackpool looks blue and red, and the queen...shes gone round the bend, jumped off lands end" from "This is a Low" and the at times humorous portrayel of everyday life in Britian (Parklife, Bank Holiday). Couple these lyrics with the genious of Graham Coxens guitar and his swift chord changes and you have a masterpiece.
Unfortunately many people see Blur only for "Song 2" which is a tragedy. Parklife is the precise definition of Blur before being bastardized by the North American music media and is a terrific album from start to finish.
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It remains a mystery to me why Blur's early work largely remained off American radio. Every one of these songs absolutely kill what's played on modern rock stations today. At any rate, Blur pay very close attention to each and every song, their detail is astounding. It's as if they go out of their way to make every note melodic, every change within the song meaningful. The leadoff track, "Girls & Boys," is completely 80's sounding, but don't let it fool. Besides the also great "Trouble in the Message Centre," which also sounds quite 80's, this is an album of great 90's pop. Blur's sound hasn't been called "pogo" for nothing. Gleeful and bouncy songs like "Tracy Jacks," "Parklife," "London Loves," and "Jubilee" are welcome on my cd player any day of the week. The songs on "Parklife" are extremely varied and interesting. Blur go from a snobby sounding punk sound ("Bank Holiday") to tracks that sound like they're being played between innings at a baseball game ("Far Out" and "Lot 105"). "To the End" has a lovely (yes I used the word lovely) string arrangement that could be used as background music at a five star restaraunt. If it sounds like I'm rambling a bit, it's because this just isn't your standard album. It's cohesive in a Blur-like way, which means that after a few listens, it's not only addictive but makes total sense. By the way, Damon Albarn's different political messages on "Parklife" (which I've heard there are many), get lost in the great music and his cool British accent.
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