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Blur: The Best Of

Blur Audio CD
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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 (20 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0000509DR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Beetlebum 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Song 2 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. There's No Other Way (Single Version) 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Universal 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Coffee And TV (Radio Edit) 5:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Parklife 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. End Of A Century 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. No Distance Left To Run 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tender 7:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Girls And Boys 4:19Album Only
Listen11. Charmless Man 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. She's So High (Single Version) 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Country House 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. To The End 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. On Your Own 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. This Is A Low 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. For Tomorrow (Visit To Primrose Hill Extended) 6:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Music Is My Radar 5:290.99  Buy MP3 

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Scanning the tracklisting of Blur's greatest hits album it's hard not to reach the conclusion that the band are a little embarrassed by their earlier and even mid-career work. Opening with the chart one-two of "Beetlebum" and "Song 2" (from their eponymous creative watershed album of 1997) rather than the baggy groove of debut single "She's So High", the band's desire to accentuate their more recent efforts is obvious. Running order aside, it's hard to fault the 18 tracks which chart the life and times of one of the country's smartest, most inventive bands. From the tuxedoed ballad "The Universal", through cartoon Britpoppery of numbers like "Parklife" and "Country House" to the freshly recorded indie-isms of single "Music Is My Radar", their searching intelligence, deft hooks and willingness to sweep the board are never less than admirable. --Mike Pattenden

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mixture 6 May 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Blurs "best of" was always going to be good. A wide selection of tunes ranging from the Britpop of "Country House" to the sublime yet bizarre art-rock of "Music Is My Radar" offers a reasonable history of Blurs music. All of which is excellent (unless you listen to "There's No Other Way" too often). Annoyingly, "Popscene" and "Sunday Sunday" aren't included, but you can't blame the band for this as the fans were polled on what to include - so you can hardly say Blur are "ashamed of their early work".
Tracks you'd forgotten were so good: "On Your Own", "For Tomorrow", "She's So High"
An ace CD, charting the change in the bands career. A must for fans and casual observers alike.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb album!!!!!!! 21 May 2001
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Over the past decade, Blur have evolved from a run-of-the-mill indie-dance act to bastions of Brit pop and, ultimately, to that rare band whose best songs owe more to art than to the hit parade. Eschewing chronological presentation, and wisely shortchanging the early years, this well-sequenced program will hammer home to casual fans what diehards have known for years: Damon Albarn and company craft concise gems that are thought-provoking without inducing head-scratching. In this context, cuts that were never obvious chart fare -- the sweeping ballad "To the End," the gospel-inflected "Tender," and the desolate "No Distance Left to Run" -- sound better than ever. The new song, "Music Is My Radar," a clutch of quirky, disparate sounds (harmonium, rickety percussion, fuzz guitar) in need of a melodic hook to anchor them, can't match the polish of the band's best, but otherwise, this is a greatest-hits package with an emphasis on the greatest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete with masterpieces 9 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Ah Britpop. That dreaded word. It will proberly feature soon on the 'where are they now' round of Never Mind The Buzzcocks. There was Oasis, who, for a brief period ruled the world, until people realised that the were just rehasing old Beatles song, and not doing a very good job at that. Suede were content to gradually get worse and worse. Cast and The Bluetones have gradually slipped away and I suppose it's too much to ask if anybody remembers Sleeper. And then there was Blur, responsible for such modern classics and Parklife and Country House, who decided they cared not one jolt for public opnion and did what they wanted to do, disowning their old stuff on the way, losing many casual fans in the process, yet continuing to produce awe-inspriring music. Now, ten years on, it's only fitting that they should have a best of compilation to remind us a) just how important Blur were and still are, and b) they wrote some kick-ass tunes.
Listening to Blur over the years is rather like watching a child develop into an adult. From the one of the earliest tracks, 'There's No Other Way', passing the teenage cheekyness of 'Parklife' and 'Girls and Boys', through to the mature 'Coffee and TV' it hard to pick out a bad track. Granted, Blur may not have been proud of what they've done in the past and treat it accordingly (witness the don't care attitude displayed when performing Girls and Boys on Top of the Pops to promote this album), but that still shouldn't take anything away from the fact that these are damn fine songs that have stood the test of time.
If this truly was a best of CD, every track Blur have ever made would have to be included, their albums have been that good (with the exception of a few select tracks on the great escape).
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5.0 out of 5 stars good but the end of an era? 14 Dec 2000
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does this album mark the end of the upbeat era for blur fans ? it has many of their classics and my favourites (charmless man etc) but are these tracks the best blur are going to get? why release a greatest hits album so soon? i think this is a number 1 album and contains some of the best music of the last 10 yrs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome line up 29 Oct 2000
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ok, most of you think this album bites because these aren't the songs you would have expected..... well i like almost everyone one of these songs, and i think they picked some good ones to put on this album. i am going to buy for a few reason. 1] i love blur and i like to say i have all there albums. 2] the line up is great for me, if i am in the car and want to listen to my fave blur songs i don't have to keep switching cd's i just pop this one in.
so all in all i really like this album and i think its gonna be great, even thouhg i am guessing it won't sell to big, but i could be wrong you never know!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of a Good Bunch 16 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album, for me was one that I have been looking forward to for years; I have always viewed Blur as a hit and miss band, with more hits than misses. The Albums are a mixed bag, on one side you have weird instumental/alternative stuff (the sort of thing that Blur seem to love) and then you have some modern classics such as 'Girls and Boys' and 'Country House' to name but a few; and these, i am happy to say are what are on this album. I have waited with baited breath for a long time now to see this record, for the simple fact that Blur are a band made for a 'Best of' Album.
All these little gems have now been collected and bundled into a package, complete with, may i say, the excellent sort of cover you want to be made into poster and put up on your wall. All the classics that you skip to the albums are here from the air guitar classic 'Song 2' to the lighter swaying, foot stomping, gospel singing 'Tender'.
Blur seem to have disowned these earlier hits, prefering the more mature 'Music is my Radar' and 'Coffee and TV'. I say be proud Blur, be proud of these Brit Pop classics, which be remembered for a long time to come.
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