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Parklife [CD]

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 (25 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002TQB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Girls And Boys
2. Tracy Jacks
3. End Of A Century
4. Parklife
5. Bank Holiday
6. Bad Head
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

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Although Blur had long been recognised as one of the premier bands responsible for the reinvigoration of Britpop in the 1990s, it's 1994's Parklife that truly provided the template for the entire movement. At a time when Oasis were aping the sounds of their pub-rock heroes on Definitely Maybe, Blur drew from the legacy of the Kinks and Small Faces to create an album that's as English as a rainy Sunday in front of the gas fire. Parklife is full of songs that, quite frankly, don't make much sense outside of the British Isles, songs that find joy in the mundane, like "Girls & Boys" (a song about working-class holidaymakers in the sun) and "Parklife" (a day in the life of a cheeky, unemployed bench-sitter). Witty, ironic and irreverent, Parklife remains one of those rare albums that sum up a specific place and time (Britain in the mid-1990s). For that reason alone, it can be considered one of Blur's finest albums. --Robert Burrow

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STANDARD EDITION : Triumphant 1994 album! Includes "Girls & Boys", "To The End" and "Parklife".

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Britain 29 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is the point in Blur's rambling musical career where it all came together. The band may well disagree with this, but this is the most cohesive album they produced. Rather than remembering Blur for two and a half minutes of screaming (Song 2) or for their tussles with Oasis (Country house, Charmless man), I'd suggest you take a look at this album.
Its simply a very very perceptive interpretation of a British way of life . 'Girls and Boys' takes you on a club 18-30, 'End of a Century' returns you to suburbia. 'Parklife' makes a slob of you, 'London Loves' deposits you in the rush hour and 'Magic America' gives you the dreams of escaping to bright lights. Finally, in one of the most beautiful moments of the nineties 'This is a Low' leaves you soaring over the land you know and love before 'Lot 106' brings a stupid grin to your face.
Its an evocative album, musically great, and most importantly its the best thing Blur ever did. Don't get the greatest hits, buy this instead. And then buy the rest of the albums.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blur's masterpiece 15 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Music critics have never had shorter memories than when they have dealt with Blur. When 'The Great Escape', the sequel to 'Parklife', was released, they rightly hailed it as a classic. Ask them now, however, and you won't find many who will even admit to ever liking it - the music press follows fashion just like the rest of us. But all this is a round-the-houses way of saying that only the most ardent Blur-haters will think the same of 'Parklife'. Not a note is out of place, not a song fails to captivate. From the initial shock of Girls and Boys to the monumental, magnificent ending of This Is A Low (not forgetting the playful coda of Lot 105, a trick they tried again with less success on '13'), this is arguably the album of the decade. With pop music in possibly its unhealthiest condition since it was invented, we can only look back in wonder at albums like 'Parklife' and hope that somehow, somewhere, rock and roll will return for that one last encore all over again.
Blur, meanwhile, are just as interesting now as they were then, perhaps even more so, but will they ever release a record of this stature again?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blur's crowning glory. 16 Dec 2006
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A quasi-concept album about Britain and its Americanisation, Parklife is the peak of Blur, coming as the second part of their Britpop trilogy, after the poorly received (commercially at least) Modern Life Is Rubbish and before the decent The Great Escape. It also came out in the same year as Oasis' debut album shook the world's foundations and the Blur vs. Oasis battle began. Funnily enough, unlike the Beatles vs. Beach Boys rivalry thirty years earlier, both bands produced their greatest work before even beginning their competition, Oasis with their debut and Blur with this masterpiece.

Countless elements of Britain and its people are explored across this album's 53 enthralling minutes; monarchism in 'Jubilee;' everyday proletarianism in the title track; fashion trends and subcultures, as well as millenial interest in 'End Of A Century'; bank holidays on...well, 'Bank Holiday'; taxation and debt on 'The Debt Collector.' No stone is left unturned.

And from this concept/theme you get some of Blur's finest songs. The title track is famous thanks to Phil Daniels, but really not one of the standouts here. The elegaic 'Badhead,' with its chiming guitar and tasteful brass, is lovely, while 'Tracy Jacks' addresses stereotypes (better than the other Blur song of that name) with the line 'I'd love to stay here and be normal but it's just so overrated.' ]

Throughout, Albarne's cockney - or mockney depending on who you ask - voice and Graham Coxon's always dazzling guitar work hold everything together beautifully, and despite Coxon's apparent dissatisfaction with it, this is truly an album to be proud of, the jewel in Blur's crown.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album of the decade 11 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
How does it get any better than this? From the bouncy opener, through shouty pop and rock (Parklife, Bank Holiday) to classic love songs (To The End) and finishing with their most beautiful track that can make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck (This Is A Low), this album is sheer quality. If you don't already own it, consider yourself mocked. This one could change your life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
From the pogo-bop pop of 'Girls & Boys', to the rich and beautiful 'This is a Low', via punk, rock, indie, and music hall, here are 16 tracks with genuine variety, originality, freshness and quality. There isn't a moment that bores, and every note is brilliantly crafted, and expertly delivered. Without doubt THE album of the decade. My personal album of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd forgotten just how GOOD this is 28 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
until I listened to it the other day for the first time in years. I was startled by how many different musical styles and influences there are here - it's a very experimental album, and one that works brilliantly. It's the best Blur have done so far, and is one of the few albums that have stood the test of time - it really is as good as the critics said at the time - and it isn't often that albums said on the day of their release to be destined for classic status actually achieve it, but this is a CLASSIC.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blur Album and Best Album of the 90's! 18 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Blur's finest work and is Britpop at it's best in the days of Blur and Oasis. From the dancing raving Girls And Boys, Magical Magic America, to the classis Parklife this album will fullfill your music taste in many ways and leaving loving Blur once again.
London Loves, Trouble In The Message Centre, Clover Over Dover are all masterpieces which will make you just get up and dance around.
My favourite Blur Album this will be worth your money and will take you back to the mad lads that are Blur...
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5.0 out of 5 stars good seller
Published 25 days ago by mrmarkaharding
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought this as I only had it on cassette tape so don't get to play it as often as I would like, Just a brilliant album.
Published 3 months ago by MR STEPHEN FRAMPTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is hands down the best album I have ever heard from Blur. Every single track is unique and provides a great musical experience. Highly recommended!
Published 3 months ago by Reuben Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars parklife
brilliant, takes me back to britpop days and love these songs, if you liked blur would recommend as good cd
Published 3 months ago by dianne gilbertson
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate album of the mid 90s
The classic Blur album with loads of classic material including several memorable singles i.e 'Parklife' and 'In the End'. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
It's hard for me to choose my favourite Blur album, I regard them as one of the most (if not the most) defining Britpop bands. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ReviewBlog51
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
everything was good. there was nothing wrong with this great great album! i m really happy with my choice.thats all.
Published 19 months ago by christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Time's Certainly The Charm In What Is Known As...Parklife!
"Parklife" was the third studio album from Blur. Released in 1994 it marked a strong upturn in both the popularity of the London band and the quality of the songs they produced. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Matthew Stoneman
5.0 out of 5 stars blur parklife
great classic tracks from 90's britpop legends blur parklife and tracy jacks are highlights for this cd which features the iconic greyhound track shot !
Published 21 months ago by white
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasently surprised!
Starts off with Girls and Boys, which in turn merges into Tracey Jacks, End of The Century, then it's on to Parklife. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr Ogden
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