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Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change—influenced by English guitar pop groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles and ... Read more in Amazon's Blur Store

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 21
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B007SAKSF2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blur 21: The Box is the ultimate and definitive anthology of Blur’s incredible career. Spanning 21-discs and including over 5 ½ hours of previously unreleased material, Blur 21: The Box collects together the remastered and expanded editions of all the albums, four discs of Blur rarities, three DVDs of live performances and rarities, a collectable 7’’ single and a hard-bound book - all housed in a super-deluxe material-covered box. Each box will also include a code to download all the audio contents as high-quality mp3s.

Uncut – August 2012 – 9/10

“A Smart, stylish Audio-Visual Blowout”

 

Mojo – August 2012 - *****

“Extraordinary... The King Tutankhamun’s tomb of everything Blur; and one whose vast treasures help us understand ever more clearly the precise nature of their musical triumphs and contradictions."


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“...One of the most essential archival collections of any band.”

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Blur. They barged into indie just as the baggy dream dissolved nastily, rising triumphant against both the oiks of Oasis and the dandies of Suede. Exhibiting a Bowie-like restless creativity, the band expressed ideas enough to conjure parallels with Dinosaur Jr, The Kinks, Tony Allen, Scott Walker and more. They annoyed as many people as they pleasured. And now they might have made it to the end.

The facts: 21 is a box containing 18 CDs and three DVDs. It features all of Blur’s seven studio albums in expanded editions with attendant B sides, alongside four discs of demos, off-cuts and out-takes that the band found in their lofts. Sixty-five of these tracks are previously unreleased. It would take you well over 18 hours to listen to 21 in one sitting. Also included is a seven-inch of Superman, recorded at one of their first gigs trading under the pre-Blur name of Seymour.

Each album has its charms. There’s the ‘baggy-killing’ early promise of Leisure, which preceded the Britpop-inventing Modern Life Is Rubbish. The band’s imperial phase produced Parklife, as well as the troubled and darker The Great Escape. The lo-fi charms of Pavement inspired Blur’s eponymous fifth set; after that came 13’s air of heartbreak and the more exotic areas hinted at in Think Tank. All seven have been remastered and are available individually in expanded packages.

These albums only tell half the story, though: several B sides showcase an inventive, deeper side to Blur. Songs such as Young & Lovely, Black Book, Inertia, Get Out of Cities and Mr Briggs could all have stood proudly on the band’s albums.

The main draw is the four discs of unreleased material. Across them one can hear Sing form before your ears; it becomes clear (ish) why the Andy Partridge-produced Modern Life Is Rubbish-era tracks didn’t get released; and it’s possible to boggle at the wild jam of Battle from 13 where Graham goes to guitar pedal Nirvana. Several ideas can be heard that would later get recycled – I Got Law would become Tomorrow Comes Today by Gorillaz.

The absence of new single Under the Westway/The Puritan suggests that 21 is not a full-stop. But whatever the future holds, this is a glorious summation of Blur’s career, placing them firmly amongst the very best bands of all time.

--David Katz

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Lamb on 22 Oct. 2012
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If you are a fan (and believe me, I am) you must own this. The remasters do improve the audio quality (although it isn't a black and white leap, just an overall improvement) but the strength lies in the additional material and the sumptuous packaging. There are some genius forgotten gems from my mis-spent youth here (Badgeman Brown / Mace / Young & Lovely (brilliantly ressurected live by the band!) / People in Europe / Cowboy Song / Black Book) as well as some fascinating early versions and rough cuts of other songs with the early version of "Trouble In The Message Centre" being my favourite. True, you may not actually need 3 versions of "Rednecks" but, hey, this is the box set. I've seen a few grumbles about missing tracks and so forth and it's true there are some odd bits and bobs not on here (of which the most puzzling in my view is the omission of "The Puritan" from the Westway single although please note Mr. official reviewer Under The Wstway is certainly on my copy) but the stuff not here is pretty small beer and should already be in the possession of the die-hards at whom this aimed at. I guess the groans about the missing CD booklets might also be fair enough although the enclosed book is a thing of beauty (How about sending the booklets to us EMI in recognition of our devotion in buying the box!). Including a download code is a nice touch (bit of a faff to do it though!!). But overall how can you go wrong - Take a day off work, fake an infectious illness to keep everyone away, start at "Leisure Disc 1" and lose yourself in endless hours of genius!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mart on 16 Aug. 2012
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It's only right that a band of Blur's stature and history finally gets a reissue package they deserve. Much care has been taken over the albums that have been remastered (the first 5), bringing out textures and subtleties previous lost in the original mixes. The vocals in particular sound wonderful, and if you already have these albums, the remastering does make them sound fresh, whilst respectful at the same time. Producer Stephen Street oversaw the process so the catalogue was in safe hands.

Each album is packaged with an additional disc featuring the associated singles and b-sides and released and hard to find tracks, and if you are unfamiliar with them, as most fans will tell you, some of Blur's greatest material is amongst their flip-sides. The rollicking Explain, the poignant and beautiful Young & Lovely (any other band would have made this an a-side), the cinematic Theme From An Imaginary Film, the experimental Bustin' + Dronin'.

The big draw for the hardcore fans is the 4 discs of rarities, most of them unreleased - from very stripped down lo-fi demos of classics recorded by Damon only (For Tomorrow/ Beetlebum) to fleshed out early takes of classic album tracks - the Modern Life Is Rubbish early versions being particularly brilliant. And finally Blur fans get to hear the much talked over Andy Partridge sessions (slickly produced and psychaedelic) and the almost mythical Sir Elton John's Cock (actually a tender but fleeting ballad). Some alternative versions included are, in my opinion, far superior to those originally released (Always/I'm Fine, High Cool, Come Together, Far Out, Bored Wives/Entertain Me, Coping) - the discs providing further enriching our knowledge of the band and the way they work together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Control TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2015
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I have to admit that my musical purchases in the 90's through choice of employment were directed to the other side of the spectrum,the insane explosion of dance music as an entertainment medium. I would not have got much work in the clubs if I played Seattle grunge or Brit-pop but I always had my ear to the ground or eyes glued to the television checking out the rockier side of the scene and it was Blur who instantly attracted my attention.

If, like me,you don't own any of the bands catalogue The Blur 21 box set is a great place to start and finish because 98% of it is here save for a few live recordings released since their first hiatus and (according to another reviewer) a couple of non album tracks. And when I say a couple I really do mean a couple as in two or three,maybe four. All the albums are the 2cd expanded editions and there's also four additional audio discs with more content (a journey through the Blur archives). The major bonus for me are the three dvds which have live performances on them,two of which are full concerts. These dvds are exclusive to the box set. There are two minor omission from the set and they are the best of dvd with all the videos and the individual album booklets with lyrics etc but all other info is contained in a nicely printed hardback book that comes with the collection.

Unfortunately the download code for acces to additional content and mp3 files of all the audio is no longer active and if you've yet to make a purchase of this outstanding box set,I'm afraid your time is running out as it was released by EMI records. A company which went bust,has now been bought out,split up by two other major record labels and as such have pretty much deleted all the back catalogue from their roster.
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