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5.0 out of 5 stars A much more "deeper" collection of classic blur tracks
At last! EMI have decided to release a much more comprehensive blur collection. moulded in the same way as the 1999 beastie boys anthology this two disc collection looks deeper into blurs rich back catalogue. a few of the singles have been missed off only to make space for lesser known gems, "to the end","sunday sunday" and "end of a century" are not here. but in their...
Published on 31 May 2009 by Tom Martin

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, treated shoddily
Dear Blur,

What exactly is the point of this compilation?

I can't see one. It serves no purpose, and fills no hole. There are no rare songs as such, apart from "Popscene". No b-sides, no rarities. There's no cohesion or order to the running order. There's not even a full selection of the singles and hits. This may offer a 'deeper look', but if that's...
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by Mr. M. A. Reed


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much more "deeper" collection of classic blur tracks, 31 May 2009
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Tom Martin (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
At last! EMI have decided to release a much more comprehensive blur collection. moulded in the same way as the 1999 beastie boys anthology this two disc collection looks deeper into blurs rich back catalogue. a few of the singles have been missed off only to make space for lesser known gems, "to the end","sunday sunday" and "end of a century" are not here. but in their place are excellent tracks like "bugman", "he thought of cars" and "death of a party".

also blurs early years are looked at. this is the only place you`ll be able to get the hard to get 1992 single "popscene". good choices were made by including "badhead","battery in your leg" and "bluejeans". Modern life is Rubbish was almost totally ignored with the 2000 Best of.

There are no b-sides here which is a slight shame but there are enough from 1995 onwards to make an excellent second b-side album to complement the '94 japanese Special collectors Edition" album, maybe EMI are listening.

There isn`t too much from the Leisure era but i guess room has to be made for later releases. You`ll only be missing "Theres no other way" really. its also a shame there isn`t say two new tracks to promote it better. also its a bit light on "the great escape" era too. "country house" was a big single at the time but it wasn`t a good single so it worth missing. i would have included "best days" or "yuko and Hiro".

So overall its a solid collection for someone who hasn`t got all the albums. All of blurs LP`s are looked at properly this time round so you couldn`t have asked for much more.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but get all the albums!, 3 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
Great compilation of blur's best but if you really are new to these guys I'd strongly suggest starting on their first album, Leisure, and climb up the musical tree all the way to Think Tank. That way you'll really appreciate how the boys evolved over the years and you won't miss out on killer tracks like Oily Water, Jets, the list goes on and on. The same is true for any seminal band.

This 2nd 'best of' is great for a quick fix however and perfect for flinging in the car stereo for summer cruising.

Can't wait to see them next month!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mildlife:one of the most intriguing pop albums ever made, 3 Oct 2009
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Freidun Taravosh (Sweden) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
Midlife captures the complete depth and full spectrum of the astonishing sound that is carchteristic of BLUR, thanks to the balanced sequencing of all the way impressive tracks. All tracks are wonderfully mixed and also demonstrate stunning sound quality.

Soundwise the recordings shine! All this makes Midlife an essential listen regardless if you have all the albums or not. Midlife is a very generous collection which is fully serving to the listener from beginning to end.

The setup of material provides a versatile listening experience and being a double album with 25 tracks in total it rightfully delivers the full spectrum of Blurs artistic talent, the whole palette.

Thankfully the album goes beyond the bouncy pop hits and i other than that
Midlife is also fully serving when it comes to delivering gripping songs that -quite literally- expands the boundries of modern pop music.

The mix between the distinctly right on and the more layered complex plentiful soundscapes is delicate, yet perfectly put here - The playlist is amazingly fluid and keeps every true music lovers' interest at a high note throughout.
At the same time it makes for a very undemanding listening experience as such.

At a glance if one is not familiar with the bands comprehensive album output before hand, then don't worry. Fact is Mildlife stands high up on the ladder on it's own as one of the most intriguing pop albums ever made - and a double album at that - make no mistake about this.
It is thoroughly brilliant - Perfect to be honest.

Key tracks include -among others- the funky Trimm Trabb and the sonic explosive wonder that is Bugman but also jangly byrd-esque pop nuggets like "Badhead," and the somberly reflective and sci-fi flowing Strange News From Another Star. equally impressive is "Out of Time" a song which is moving and quite frankly bordercrossing both musically and in terms of social and poetic value.

Also worth a note albeit on a totally different level is the fact that Midlife also gives us the more right on and striking Pop Scene which supringly also comes out rich in social pathos - another example of feature that takes the Blur far beyond the dimension of regular pop.

To put it short in the end it's all Blur and it's all good. Midlife proves to even the most causal listener that really good music never happens by accident. Really good albums leaves the listener with a deep impression and moreover really good music truly carries and surrounds,lingers with the listener.Midlife does all of these things Even thought the subtitle of the album is a beginners guide to blur it is a most sophisticated listen - and it's with out a doubt superior to the preceding Best of album/DVD.

You sense the above mentioned right away - because Midlife is so carefully put together and considering the fact that this is the bands own choices it is also a true testament that this band is certainly much more that just another POP GROUP on the E.M.I label.

Other than what I've stated above I would just like to add the following: one of Midlife's most precious traits to me personally is that this is one album that can be played back to back time and time again without getting tiresome.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blur: Suitable For Beginners!, 25 May 2009
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Andy Sweeney "music was my first love" (Brighton, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
It's difficult to argue against a track listing which has been chosen by the band and there's no question that this is a terrific compilation which would be a fantastic introduction to the band if you hadn't got any other albums by them. "Parklife", "Beetlebum", "This Is A Low", "Song 2", "Tender" - all superb songs and all present and correct here. However, there are a few fairly shocking omissions. Leaving out their smash number one hit "Country House", for example, is a crime. I know that some of the band have disowned the track and have expressed their distaste at the Blur vs. Oasis phoney Britpop war that was hyped in the media at the time, but it remains a fantastic single and an excellent example of Blur at their commercial best. Other notable tracks which surely deserved a place on this double CD are "Tracey Jacks", "Best Days", "To The End" and "End Of A Century". Personally speaking, I'd rather listen to those tracks than much less enjoyable album cuts such as "Trimm Trabb" and "Bugman" any day.

Still, this was the band's choice and is a collection of songs which feature Blur at their most creative and leftfield and, what's more, because of the notable omissions, if anyone listens to this album and wants to investigate Blur's work further, they then have some wonderful songs to look forward to by exploring their back catalogue. On the whole, I think this is an excellent compilation and there are some real gems here which the casual Blur fan only familiar with their singles may have missed, such as "Death Of A Party", "Badhead" and "Strange News From Another Star". It's also good to know exactly what the band consider to be their best work and the material they're most proud of. This double album certainly is a fantastic reminder of why they were such an important and popular band during the 1990's and, even better, there is the promise of more undeniably brilliant material if you want to go beyond this compilation.

Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thin Tank?, 16 Jun 2009
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D. P. Royle "Wavey Davey Boy" (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
Love Blur, and the only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is the lack of tracks from Think Tank which was a fantastic piece of music, I know Coxon wasn't in the band at that point, but it was still Blur, the album could only have been improved by including "Crazy Beat" and especially, the wonderful "Out Of Time"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential collection!, 13 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
Pitched at casual listeners, 'Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur' is an excellent career spanning two disc set.

Whilst you'll find plenty of hit singles ('Song 2'. 'Tender', 'Parklife' ...), the main focus is that of the band's career highlights. The inclusion of quality album only tracks like 'Blue Jeans' and 'He Thought of Cars' will give causal fans and newbies the chance to hear material that you wouldn't normally find on a Blur compilation (at least not one with a price like this). It's also nice to see my two of my favourite Blur songs: 'For Tomorrow' and 'She's So High', both were released as singles but only peaked in the UK charts at no.28 and no.48, making them less known than the stuff which came later.

It's a shame that there are no B sides present, but the listener is treated to 'Popscene', a minor hit in 1992 which was never released on any studio album and is therefore quite rare. Also, I would have loved to have had 'End of the Century', a song which I regard as one of the band's greatest and more than deserving of a place within this collection.

Despite a few flaws, this compilation is far more interesting than Blur's commercially-driven 2000 'Best Of'. A lot of thought has gone into 'Midlife', and here you have an excellent overview of a career spanning twenty years, the bulk of the band's best bits, a selection of well known singles, and some hidden treasures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belated best of, 26 Jan 2013
This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
This is a belated best of companion to Blur's singles CD and a pleasant addition for people who are looking for an inside view beyond the worn out single catalogue. No sign of the omnipresent "There's no other way" or "Country house", in return you'll find enclosed some of their finer album tracks ("Blue jeans" and "For tomorrow" from "Modern life is rubbish") as well as their underrated single release "Out of time" from 2004. Of course you'll come across some doublets, "Beetlebum", "Song2", "Parklife" and "Girls & Boys", just to name a few. This CD is a release which really deserves the tag "best of", presenting the listener a holistic and round up view of Blur's entire back catalogue. Of course one can argue about the one or the other song on this album (personally I don't go for "Battery in the leg" and the monotonous "Trimm Trabb" and would have been happier with the inclusion of some of their b-sides) but then again every fan has their own personal set list on their mind. This is definitley worth a purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midlife-Blur Review, 4 Jan 2011
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Mr. A. Coates "cobweb" (Suffolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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These songs were great when they were first released, but seem even better now after a long time without listening to them. A great album for a nostalgic moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't please everyone, 6 Jun 2009
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Mr. C. Willis "lordbyron103" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
You certainly cannot argue with the quality of this compilation. These are some of the greatest songs of the nineties and Blur must surely now be remembered as the most consistent British act of that decade (note that Oasis' "best of" relied almost entirely on songs released in their first two years on Creation). It is also great to see some of my favourite album tracks and less known singles get their place in the limelight - This is a Low, Badhead, Trimm Trabb, Blue Jean, Chemical World and (finally making an appearance on an album) Popscene.

However there are some unbelievable ommissions - End of a Century, Tracy Jacks, and To The End were always far more indicative of the enduring nature of the Parklife album than the two big hits. Young and Lovely (the b side of Chemical World) really should have been a single in its own right.

And of course - On Your Own - just the other day I was thinking what a great set opener this would be for the forthcoming reunion dates - but clearly the band think otherwise.

But it is testiment to their greatness that even though these songs have been ommitted this is still one of the best "best ofs" ever!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not Out Of Time after all..., 21 Jun 2009
This review is from: Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur (Audio CD)
So, Blur have decided to put their squabbles aside and have cleared their heads long enough to realise what a great group they were/are. I suppose it was inevitable that they would release something to coincide with the occasion and it may as well be this, a collection of some of their best moments. Choosing to include a fair few album tracks rather than sticking mostly to singles (as on the old Best Of) is a wise move, as is including (at long last) Popscene. However, it is a surprise to this reviewer at least that they didn't think to include at least one or two of their b-sides which, like their former rivals Oasis, are on occasion better than some of their album tracks. The band have admitted, for example, that the simply wonderful Young & Lovely should have at least been on Modern Life Is Rubbish, and probably could have easily been a successful single release. So why not include it here? This was perhaps their only opportunity to bring Young & Lovely to a wider audience (some sixteen years too late, mind) and they passed. Whose stuff-up was this? The band themselves or the record company? Who knows. Similarly, it would have been interesting to hear a b-side like All Your Life (from Beetlebum) that nearly made it on to Blur but was put to the side at the last minute. By including those tracks this would truly have represented a side of Blur that people weren't so familiar with, but as it is, for the fans at least, this is really not that interesting as, Popscene aside, there is nothing new here. So, as is so often the way with these things, an opportunity has been missed. But you cannot contest the quality of the tracks here, even if most people will probably press skip when they hear the overdriven fuzz of Bugman for the second or third time this year.
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