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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 (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Beetlebum 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. There's No Other Way (Single Version) 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Coffee And TV (Radio Edit) 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Parklife 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. End Of A Century 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. No Distance Left To Run 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tender 7:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Girls And Boys 4:19Album Only
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Listen12. She's So High (Single Version) 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Country House 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. To The End 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. On Your Own 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. This Is A Low 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. For Tomorrow (Visit To Primrose Hill Extended) 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Music Is My Radar 5:29£0.99  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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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
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov. 2000
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Smith on 19 Aug. 2007
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 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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