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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
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0000509DR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2001
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 By John Smith on 19 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly comprehensive CD, containing all the band's hits, from the
electronic-sounding "She's So High" to brand-new indie-ish song "Music Is My Radar", this album contains some classic stuff. "Girls And Boys" and "Parklife" are both sparkling gems of Brit-pop, as is "Country House".
"Charmless Man" is an insanely catchy tune and the four tunes taken from
their eponymous 1997 effort are all present and correct. There is also some obscure stuff, like the ballad-like "To The End", the country-ish "Tender", and the lounge ballad "The Universal". The only negative note I can make about this album is that the new song isn't really that good and there is the unexplainable abscence of two classics from Modern Life Is Rubbish, "Sunday Sunday" and "Chemical World". That aside, this is a great disc to pick up for true-blue Blur fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2000
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mpcrr@netscapeonline.co.uk on 14 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of things that could have benn better about this album. The track list should have been about quality, not sales (ie. what is country house doing here), and it should have been in order of realese, giving the listener an impression of how there sound has developed. Having said that Blur are a great band, and the bulk of material that makes up this album is great. With Blurs strong back material this should have been better, but this is worthwhile for a Blur newcomer. Best of's are never meant for hardcore fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2000
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This CD really does contrast how good Blur are. They have jumped back on to the scene with the new song, but its the old ones that relive the memories of the best of Blur. Song 2, Coffee & TV to name just a few are the highlight of the CD. It also shows why in the old days they were such a thret to Oasis. If your not a BIG Blur fan but you do think that thewre pretty cool then this is the CD for you as it contains some of the best stuff around, from one of the best bands around, ladies and gents i present: Blur
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