Blur Blur 21: The Box (18-CD + 3-DVD)

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Format: CD  (21 Discs)
Item:  PRW 791340

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 21
  • Released: July 31, 2012
  • Label: Virgin Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.She's So High
  • 2.Bang
  • 3.Slow Down
  • 4.Repetition
  • 5.Bad Day
  • 6.Sing
  • 7.There's No Other Way
  • 8.Fool
  • 9.Come Together
  • 10.High Cool
  • 11.Birthday
  • 12.Wear Me Down

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.I Know [Extended Mix] - (remix)
  • 2.Down
  • 3.There's No Other Way [Extended Mix]
  • 4.Inertia
  • 5.Mr Briggs
  • 6.I'm All Over
  • 7.Won't Do It
  • 8.Day Upon Day
  • 9.There's No Other Way [Blur Remix] - (remix)
  • 10.Bang [Extended Version]
  • 11.Explain
  • 12.Luminous
  • 13.Berserk
  • 14.Uncle Love
  • 15.I Love Her
  • 16.Close

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.For Tomorrow
  • 2.Advert
  • 3.Colin Zeal
  • 4.Pressure On Julian
  • 5.Star Shaped
  • 6.Blue Jeans
  • 7.Chemical World [Including 'Intermission']
  • 8.Sunday Sunday
  • 9.Oily Water
  • 10.Miss America
  • 11.Villa Rosie
  • 12.Coping
  • 13.Turn It Up
  • 14.Resigned [Including 'Commercial Break']

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Popscene
  • 2.Mace
  • 3.Badgeman Brown
  • 4.I'm Fine
  • 5.Garden Central
  • 6.For Tomorrow [Visit To Primrose Hill Extended]
  • 7.Into Another
  • 8.Peach
  • 9.Bone Bag
  • 10.Hanging Over
  • 11.When the Cows Come Home
  • 12.Beachcoma
  • 13.Chemical World [Reworked]
  • 14.Es Schmecht
  • 15.Young and Lovely
  • 16.Maggie May
  • 17.My Ark
  • 18.Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Made For Two)
  • 19.Let's All Go Down the Strand

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Girls and Boys
  • 2.Tracy Jacks
  • 3.End of a Century
  • 4.Parklife Starring Phil Daniels
  • 5.Bank Holiday
  • 6.Badhead
  • 7.The Debt Collector
  • 8.Far Out
  • 9.To the End
  • 10.London Loves
  • 11.Trouble In the Message Centre
  • 12.Clover Over Dover
  • 13.Magic America
  • 14.Jubilee
  • 15.This is a Low
  • 16.Lot 105

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Magpie
  • 2.Anniversary Waltz
  • 3.People In Europe
  • 4.Peter Panic [From 'To The End' Single (May 1994)]
  • 5.Girls And Boys [Pet Shop Boys 12'' Remix] - (remix)
  • 6.Threadneedle Street
  • 7.Got Yer! [From 'Parklife' Single (August 1994)]
  • 8.Beard
  • 9.To the End [French Version]
  • 10.Supa Shoppa
  • 11.Theme From An Imaginary Film
  • 12.Red Necks
  • 13.Alex's Song [BBC Radio 1 - Simon Mayo, 1994] (previously unreleased)
  • 14.Jubilee [Acoustic BBC Live Version]
  • 15.Parklife [Acoustic BBC Live Version] [From 'End Of A Century' Spanish CD Promo]
  • 16.End of a Century [Acoustic Version]

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.Stereotypes
  • 2.Country House
  • 3.Best Days
  • 4.Charmless Man
  • 5.Fade Away
  • 6.Top Man
  • 7.The Universal
  • 8.Mr Robinson's Quango
  • 9.He Thought of Cars
  • 10.It Could Be You
  • 11.Ernold Same
  • 12.Globe Alone
  • 13.Dan Abnormal
  • 14.Entertain Me
  • 15.Yuko and Hiro

Tracks on Disc 8:

  • 1.One Born Every Minute
  • 2.To the End (La Comedie)
  • 3.Ultranol
  • 4.No Monsters In Me
  • 5.Entertain Me [Live It! Remix] - (remix)
  • 6.The Man Who Left Himself
  • 7.Tame
  • 8.Ludwig
  • 9.The Horrors
  • 10.A Song
  • 11.St Louis
  • 12.Country House [Live At Mile End]
  • 13.Girls and Boys [Live At Mile End]
  • 14.Parklife [Live At Mile End]
  • 15.For Tomorrow [Live At Mile End]
  • 16.Charmless Man [Live At the Budokan]
  • 17.Chemical World [Live At the Budokan]
  • 18.Eine Kleine Lift Musik

Tracks on Disc 9:

  • 1.Beetlebum
  • 2.Song 2
  • 3.Country Sad Ballad Man
  • 4.M.O.R.
  • 5.On Your Own
  • 6.Theme From Retro
  • 7.You're So Great
  • 8.Death of a Party
  • 9.Chinese Bombs
  • 10.I'm Just a Killer For Your Love
  • 11.Look Inside America
  • 12.Strange News From Another Star
  • 13.Movin' On
  • 14.Essex Dogs

Tracks on Disc 10:

  • 1.All Your Life
  • 2.Spell, A (For Money)
  • 3.Woodpigeon Song
  • 4.Dancehall
  • 5.Get Out of Cities
  • 6.Polished Stone
  • 7.Bustin' + Dronin'
  • 8.M.O.R. (Road Version)
  • 9.Swallows In the Heatwave
  • 10.Death of a Party [7" Remix]
  • 11.Cowboy Song
  • 12.Beetlebum
  • 13.On Your Own
  • 14.Country Sad Ballad Man
  • 15.This is a Low
  • 16.M.O.R.
  • 17.Death of a Party - (remix)
  • 18.Song 2

Tracks on Disc 11:

  • 1.Tender
  • 2.Bugman
  • 3.Coffee & Tv
  • 4.Swamp Song
  • 5.1992
  • 6.B.L.U.R.E.M.I
  • 7.Battle
  • 8.Mellow Song
  • 9.Trailerpark
  • 10.Caramel
  • 11.Trimm Trabb
  • 12.No Distance Left To Run
  • 13.Optigan I

Tracks on Disc 12:

  • 1.French Song
  • 2.All We Want
  • 3.Mellow Jam
  • 4.X-Offender [Damon / Control Freak's Bugman Remix] - (remix)
  • 5.Coyote [Dave's Bugman Remix] - (remix)
  • 6.Trade Stylee [Alex's Bugman Remix] - (remix)
  • 7.Metal Hip Slop [Graham's Bugman Remix] - (remix)
  • 8.So You
  • 9.Beagle 2
  • 10.Tender [Cornelius Remix] - (remix)
  • 11.Far Out [Beagle 2 Remix] - (remix)
  • 12.I Got Law
  • 13.Music is My Radar
  • 14.Black Book

Tracks on Disc 13:

  • 1.Ambulance
  • 2.Out of Time
  • 3.Crazy Beat
  • 4.Good Song
  • 5.On the Way To the Club
  • 6.Brothers and Sisters
  • 7.Caravan
  • 8.We've Got a File On You
  • 9.Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club
  • 10.Sweet Song
  • 11.Jets
  • 12.Gene By Gene
  • 13.Battery In Your Leg

Tracks on Disc 14:

  • 1.Money Makes Me Crazy [Marrakech Mix] - (remix)
  • 2.Tune 2
  • 3.The Outsider
  • 4.Don't Be
  • 5.Morricone
  • 6.Me, White Noise [Alternate Version]
  • 7.Some Glad Morning
  • 8.Don't Be [Acoustic Mix] - (remix)
  • 9.Sweet Song
  • 10.Caravan [Zoe Ball XFM Session]
  • 11.End of a Century [Zoe Ball XFM Session]
  • 12.Good Song [Zoe Ball XFM Session]
  • 13.Out of Time [Zoe Ball XFM Session]
  • 14.Tender [Zoe Ball XFM Session]

Tracks on Disc 15:

  • 1.Dizzy [Seymour Rehersal & Demo]
  • 2.Mixed Up [Seymour Rehersal & Demo]
  • 3.Birthday [Seymour Demo]
  • 4.Sing (To Me) [Sing Demo, Released to Fan Club December 1999]
  • 5.Fool (Seymour 4 Track Demo, 30 July 1989)
  • 6.She's So High [Seymour Rehersal]
  • 7.Won't Do It [Demo Released to Fan Club April 2002]
  • 8.I Know [Falconer Studio Demo]
  • 9.Repetition [Falconer Studio Demo]
  • 10.High Cool [7" Master]
  • 11.Always [I'm Fine Early Version]
  • 12.Come Together [Demo Released to Fan Club April 2002]
  • 13.I'm All Over
  • 14.Wear Me Down

Tracks on Disc 16:

  • 1.I Love Her [Alternate Version]
  • 2.Popscene [1991 Demo]
  • 3.Beached Whale [4 Track Demo June 1992]
  • 4.Death of a Party [Demo Released to Fan Club August 1996]
  • 5.Pap Pop [4 Track Demo June Recorded June, 1992]
  • 6.Pressure On Julian
  • 7.Colin Zeal
  • 8.Sunday Sunday
  • 9.Never Clever [From 1997 Food Compilation 'Food 100']
  • 10.Advert
  • 11.Star Shaped
  • 12.She Don't Mind [Blue Jeans Demo]
  • 13.Coping [Andy Partridge Version]
  • 14.Sunday Sleep [Sunday Sunday Andy Partridge Version]
  • 15.7 Days [Andy Partridge Version]
  • 16.Kazoo [Turn It Up Early Version]
  • 17.The Wassailing Song [7" Giveaway At Hibernian Club Gig, Fulham]
  • 18.When the Cows Come Home
  • 19.For Tomorrow [Mix 1 - Early Demo] (remix)
  • 20.Magpie [Early Demo]

Tracks on Disc 17:

  • 1.Parklife
  • 2.Clover Over Dover
  • 3.Jubilee
  • 4.One a Minute [One Born Every Minute Demo]
  • 5.Badhead
  • 6.Far Out [Demo, Electric Version]
  • 7.The Debt Collector
  • 8.Trouble in the Message Centre
  • 9.Red Necks [Take 1]
  • 10.Red Necks [Take 2]
  • 11.Alex's Song
  • 12.Cross Channel Love [Home Demo]
  • 13.Ernold Same
  • 14.Saturday Morning
  • 15.Hope You Find Your Suburb [Eine Kleine Lift Musick Full Band Demo]
  • 16.Rico [Fade Away Demo]
  • 17.Bored House Wives [Entertain Me Early Version]

Tracks on Disc 18:

  • 1.Beetlebum
  • 2.On Your Own [Mario Caldato Jr Mix] - (remix)
  • 3.Woodpigeon Song [Original Full Length]
  • 4.Battle [Jam, Mayfair Studios 11 August 1989]
  • 5.Caramel (Ambient)
  • 6.So You [Alternate Version]
  • 7.Squeezebox [Music Is My Radar Alternate Version]
  • 8.Jawbone [Black Book Alternate Version]
  • 9."1"
  • 10."3"
  • 11.Sir Elton John's Cock - (previously unreleased)
  • 12.Avoid the Traffic - (previously unreleased)
  • 13.Money Makes Me Crazy [Deepest Darkest Devon Mix] - (remix)
  • 14.Don't Bomb When You Are the Bomb [7" Promo] - (previously unreleased)
  • 15.Nutter - (previously unreleased)
  • 16.Piano - (previously unreleased)
  • 17.Kissin' Time [Marianne Faithfull Featuring Blur]
  • 18.Fool's Day
  • 19.Under the Westway

Tracks on Disc 19:

  • 1.Lot 105
  • 2.Sunday Sunday
  • 3.Jubilee
  • 4.Tracy Jacks
  • 5.Magic America
  • 6.End of a Century
  • 7.Popscene
  • 8.Trouble In the Message Centre
  • 9.She's So High
  • 10.Chemical World
  • 11.Badhead
  • 12.There's No Other Way
  • 13.To the End
  • 14.Advert
  • 15.Supa Shoppa
  • 16.Mr Robinson's Quango
  • 17.Parklife
  • 18.Girls and Boys
  • 19.Bank Holiday
  • 20.This is a Low

Tracks on Disc 20:

  • 1.I Know
  • 2.She's So High
  • 3.There's No Other Way
  • 4.Popscene
  • 5.For Tomorrow
  • 6.Chemical World
  • 7.Girls and Boys
  • 8.To the End
  • 9.Parklife
  • 10.End of a Century
  • 11.Country House
  • 12.The Universal
  • 13.Charmless Man
  • 14.Beetlebum
  • 15.Song 2
  • 16.On Your Own
  • 17.M.O.R.
  • 18.Tender
  • 19.Coffee & TV
  • 20.No Distance Left to Run

Tracks on Disc 21:

  • 1.B.L.U.R.E.M.I [Live]
  • 2.No Distance Left To Run [Live]
  • 3.Tender [Live]
  • 4.Battle [Live]
  • 5.Beetlebum [Live]
  • 6.Bugman [Live]
  • 7.Trimm Trabb [Live]
  • 8.Mellow Song [Live]
  • 9.Song 2 [Live]
  • 10.Semour - Dizzy
  • 11.There's No Other Way [BBC Live Performance, 1st TV Performance]
  • 12.To the End (Lacomedie) [French Promo Video]
  • 13.It Could Be You [Japanese Promo Video]
  • 14.Music is My Radar [Promo Video]
  • 15.Out of Time [Promo Video]
  • 16.Crazy Beat [Promo Video]
  • 17.Good Song [Promo Video]

Tracks on Disc 22:

  • 1.Superman [Live At the Square In Harlow, Essex]
  • 2.Superman [Live At the Square In Harlow, Essex]

Product Description:

Audio Remasterers: Frank Arkwright; Stephen Street.
Liner Note Author: Miranda Sawyer.
Recording information: Diorama Studios (03/03/1997); Germany (03/03/1997); Iceland (03/03/1997); London (03/03/1997); Matrix Studios (03/03/1997); MC Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland (03/03/1997); Rak Studios (03/03/1997); Sarm (03/03/1997); Studio 13 (03/03/1997); The Depot Studios, London (03/03/1997); The Square, Harlow, Essex (03/03/1997); Townhouse Studios (03/03/1997); Diorama Studios (03/10/1990); Germany (03/10/1990); Iceland (03/10/1990); London (03/10/1990); Matrix Studios (03/10/1990); MC Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland (03/10/1990); Rak Studios (03/10/1990); Sarm (03/10/1990); Studio 13 (03/10/1990); The Depot Studios, London (03/10/1990); The Square, Harlow, Essex (03/10/1990); Townhouse Studios (03/10/1990); Diorama Studios (04/29/1997); Germany (04/29/1997); Iceland (04/29/1997); London (04/29/1997); Matrix Studios (04/29/1997); MC Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland (04/29/1997); Rak Studios (04/29/1997); Sarm (04/29/1997); Studio 13 (04/29/1997); The Depot Studios, London (04/29/1997); The Square, Harlow, Essex (04/29/1997); Townhouse Studios (04/29/1997); Diorama Studios (12/1989); Germany (12/1989); Iceland (12/1989); London (12/1989); Matrix Studios (12/1989); MC Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland (12/1989); Rak Studios (12/1989); Sarm (12/1989); Studio 13 (12/1989); The Depot Studios, London (12/1989); The Square, Harlow, Essex (12/1989); Townhouse Studios (12/1989); Diorama Studios (12/1990); Germany (12/1990); Iceland (12/1990); London (12/1990); Matrix Studios (12/1990); MC Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland (12/1990); Rak Studios (12/1990); Sarm (12/1990); Studio 13 (12/1990); The Depot Studios, London (12/1990); The Square, Harlow, Essex (12/1990); Townhouse Studios (12/1990).
Directors: Jonathan Glazer; Paul Postle; Hamish Hamilton.
Photographers: Anna Webber; Peter Marlow; Greg Williams ; Retna; Steve Pyke; Paul Postle; Steve Gullick ; Kevin Westenberg; Colin Bell; Steve Lazrides; Kim Tonelli; Nels Israelson; Trevor Rogers; Paul Spencer; Matthew Longfellow; Simon Fowler ; Ceri Levy; Nina Shultz.
It is a hefty box. It is 18 CDs and three DVDs, adding up to 21 discs, which just happens to be the anniversary Blur are celebrating in 2012, a year when they've continued their halting reunion to headline the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. And, really, there was no other choice for such a prestigious gig. Other bands were bigger -- archrivals Oasis handily eclipsed them in popularity and the Spice Girls soon brought Cool Brittania to an even greater audience -- and Suede arguably kick-started the whole Brit-pop phenomenon, but Blur defined their era, reasserting the prominence of British pop music and then heading into uncharted waters. Blur 21 chronicles that journey in minute detail and, contrary to what its imposing size suggests, the box does not contain everything the group ever recorded. You'd have to be a pretty hardcore fan to notice how their terrible 1994 cover of the Who's "Substitute" is MIA and even if you were that committed, chances are you'd rather have the four discs of unreleased rarities included here instead. These CDs -- along with the DVDs, each capturing a separate live show from different stages of the band's career beginning with the 1994 home video Showtime and ending with a 13-era live set augmented by videos that didn't make the 2000 Best of Blur DVD -- are exclusive to the box set but the double-disc expanded editions of the group's seven albums are available separately. Each of these rounds up the non-LP B-sides from the accompanying album, leaving behind a few live cuts and remixes but containing all pertinent stray songs, many of which are excellent, particularly during the group's mid-'90s prime.
What makes Blur 21 something more than just fan bait -- although, make no mistake about it, there needs to be a certain level of dedication to get through a box of this size -- is that there is an actual narrative told here, one that not only tells the story of Blur but represents the trajectory of British indie music in the '90s. At the outset, Blur were a noisy, confused amalgam of droning psychedelia, C-86 pop, and Madchester dance, their various influences gaining focus on their 1993 second album, Modern Life Is Rubbish, designed by lead singer/songwriter Damon Albarn as a defiant response to the insurgent grunge from the U.S. For two albums -- Parklife in 1994 and The Great Escape in 1995 -- Blur perfected a classical British pop before returning to their art-school roots on their eponymous 1997 album, eventually embracing modern electronic cut-and-paste techniques on 1999's 13 before splintering apart during the recording of 2003's Think Tank. This journey is compelling and the added detail of rarities and B-sides deepens the experience, particularly during the early years when they were called Seymour and during the Brit-pop purple patch when they were making more good music than could fit on a single album. Naturally, at this length there are some failures or experiments gone awry -- the early demos, such as an 11-minute "She's So High," are interesting but formless, and the concluding jams from 13 were meant to be spliced into shape by William Orbit, not heard at this length -- but all the mess winds up illustrating Blur's restless range and depth. There were plenty of other great British bands of the '90s but none of their peers -- Oasis, Suede, Pulp, Radiohead -- covered as much stylistic ground or wound up with a catalog as rich as this ridiculously generous box set handily proves. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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