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The Best of Blur [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (30 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Food
  • ASIN: B000050BA1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beetlebum
  2. Song 2
  3. There's No Other Way
  4. The Universal
  5. Coffee & TV
  6. Parklife
  7. End Of A Century
  8. No Distance Left To Run
  9. Tender
  10. Girls And Boys
  11. Charmless Man
  12. She's So High
  13. Country House
  14. To The End
  15. On Your Own
  16. This Is A Low
  17. For Tomorrow (Visit To Primrose Hill Extended)
  18. Music Is My Radar

Disc: 2

  1. She's So High - Blur
  2. Girls And Boys - Blur
  3. To The End - Blur
  4. End Of A Century - Blur
  5. Stereotypes - Blur
  6. Charmless Man - Blur
  7. Beetlebum - Blur
  8. M.O.R. - Blur
  9. Tender - Blur
  10. No Distance Left To Run - Blur

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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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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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By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
How would any person go about picking the 18 best Blur songs. Its almost impossible. Six albums ranging from the good to the brilliant. Where do you start. Well unfortunately they started with Blur's most successful hits to date. It really was a missed opportunity to show those not yet educated in the ways of Blur that there is more to them than 'Country House', 'Song 2' and 'Parklife'. OK so these are all good songs, but there are so many more good songs. What about 'Sing'? What about 'She's So High'? What about 'Death Of A Party'? All great Blur songs that get overlooked by those who don't posses their albums.
This album is also a missed opportunity to telly the story of Blur. Laid out in Chronological order this album could have taken the listener through the many incarnations and reinvention's of one of Britains finest bands. Instead the songs seem to have been slapped together in no partcular order.
But moaning aside, this album as a selection of songs is brilliant. Songs like 'There's No Other Way' and 'Tomorrow' remind you of why you first fell in love with Blur. 'Parklife' and 'Girls and Boys' bring back memories of the most exciting band of the brit-pop era. And even 'Country House' - which was played to death upon its original release seems uncannily refreshing. Oh! That was the good old days. When Blur and Oasis were fighting it out for chart domination. And perhaps it was no bad thing that Blur lost this battle. Oasis may have gone on to dominate British guitar music and sell millions of records, but there music following the war with blur became so stale and unoriginal. Blur matured and realised that the chart battles had no place for the big boys of music.
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Having read the previous reviews, I can understand why they may not like the CD, but I've never been a huge Blur fan. I liked all their hits but never really bothered buying any albums, cause at the time, I'd only listen to the songs I knew. This Double CD has all the well known hits, but precious little music heard only on albums and not in the charts. Having said that, there are no real weak tracks in my opinion. Perhaps it should have been entitled 'blur: the best sellers' instead of 'best of' as I get the impression their albums contain many hidden treasures. For me though, this CD satisfies all my Blur needs, with all the well known hits present. So, while all true Blur fans may slate this as the 'hits' and not the 'best of', to newcomers this will appeal, and as I fit in the latter category, I think this CD is great. The live CD is great and the new song 'Music is my Radar' is top. Blur at their best? Perhaps not. Must-have CD if you don't have all the old ones? Definately.
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a big radiohead fan, i previously never took the time to really consider any of Blur's music which i now realise was a mistake... seeing some of their filmclips recently, i was curious to see and hear more. After buying their best of DVD, i saw what a very creative and interesting band they have been for quite a few years-their filmclips are top-notch and their music at it's best i think even surpasses some of radiohead's best...What i have admired about them is their sense of fun but at the same time their pride in their 'englishness'...i esecially like 'Coffee and TV', 'To the end' and 'This is a low'...Blur strike me as a band that have always progressed their music which is always good to see. My advice to new Blur fans would be to buy their best of DVD first...in this way you can get a taste for the personality of the band and their music. If you like it, then i'd suggest to buy their best of cd (of course!) because it has 'This is a low' which isn't avaliable on the dvd and then to purchase 'Parklife'...if you like your beats as well, i highly recommend 'Think Tank'-i think you'd be surprised with the depth of the songs despite the absence of graham coxon! All in all i highly recommend the best of cd but i'm more in favour of buying the DVD first if you are a new fan
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