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  • Vinyl (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B007SAKY42
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. She's So High
  2. Bang
  3. Slow Down
  4. Repetition
  5. Bad Day
  6. Sing
  7. There's No Other Way
  8. Fool
  9. Come Together
  10. High Cool
  11. Birthday
  12. Wear Me Down

Disc: 2

  1. For Tomorrow
  2. Advert
  3. Colin Zeal
  4. Pressure On Julian
  5. Star Shaped
  6. Blue Jeans
  7. Chemical World
  8. Intermission

Disc: 3

  1. Sunday Sunday
  2. Oily Water
  3. Miss America
  4. Villa Rosie
  5. Coping
  6. Turn It Up
  7. Resigned
  8. Commercial Break

Disc: 4

  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

Disc: 5

  1. To the End
  2. London Loves
  3. Trouble in the Message Centre
  4. Clover Over Dover
  5. Magic America
  6. Jubilee
  7. This Is a Low
  8. Lot 105

Disc: 6

  1. Stereotypes
  2. Country House
  3. Best Days
  4. Charmless Man
  5. Fade Away
  6. Top Man
  7. The Universal

Disc: 7

  1. Mr Robinson's Quango
  2. He Thought of Cars
  3. It Could Be You
  4. Ernold Same
  5. Globe Alone
  6. Dan Abnormal
  7. Entertain Me
  8. Yoku and Hiro

Disc: 8

  1. Beetlebum
  2. Song 2
  3. Country Sad Ballad Man
  4. M.O.R.
  5. On Your Own
  6. Theme from Retro
  7. You're So Great
  8. Death of a Party

Disc: 9

  1. Chinese Bombs
  2. I'm Just a Killer for Your Love
  3. Look Inside America
  4. Strange News from Another Star
  5. Movin' On (2012 - Remaster)
  6. Essex Dogs (2012 - Remaster)

Disc: 10

  1. Tender
  2. Bugman
  3. Coffee and TV
  4. Swamp Song
  5. 1992
  6. B.L.U.R.E.M.I

Disc: 11

  1. Battle
  2. Mellow Song
  3. Trailerpark
  4. Caramel
  5. Trimm Trabb
  6. No Distance Left to Run
  7. Optigan I

Disc: 12

  1. Ambulance
  2. Out of Time
  3. Crazy Beat
  4. Good Song
  5. On the Way to the Club
  6. Brothers and Sisters

Disc: 13

  1. Caravan
  2. We've Got a File On You
  3. Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club
  4. Sweet Song
  5. Side 2
  6. Jets
  7. Gene By Gene
  8. Battery in Your Leg

Product description

Product Description

Blur’s first five studio albums have now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary producer, Stephen Street. All seven original Blur albums have now been given the space of 2 LPs (expect for Leisure which remains a single LP), cut on heavyweight 180 gram, audiophile vinyl and housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork. All seven vinyl formats of the Blur albums are collected together for Blur 21: The Vinyl Box and housed in a study hard case, presenting the definitive collection of Blur vinyl.

Uncut – August 2012 – 9/10

“A Smart, stylish Audio-Visual Blowout”

 

Mojo – August 2012 - *****

“Extraordinary... The King Tutankhamun’s tomb of everything Blur; and one whose vast treasures help us understand ever more clearly the precise nature of their musical triumphs and contradictions."


Record Collector

“...One of the most essential archival collections of any band.”

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An excellent box set, comes in a well presented sturdy box, all the records are brilliantly reproduced in heavyweight vinyl, all sounds great and the packaging of each is as it should be.
very worth owning.
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even mp3 voucher works! fantastic!
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If you are a fan (and believe me, I am) you must own this. The remasters do improve the audio quality (although it isn't a black and white leap, just an overall improvement) but the strength lies in the additional material and the sumptuous packaging. There are some genius forgotten gems from my mis-spent youth here (Badgeman Brown / Mace / Young & Lovely (brilliantly ressurected live by the band!) / People in Europe / Cowboy Song / Black Book) as well as some fascinating early versions and rough cuts of other songs with the early version of "Trouble In The Message Centre" being my favourite. True, you may not actually need 3 versions of "Rednecks" but, hey, this is the box set. I've seen a few grumbles about missing tracks and so forth and it's true there are some odd bits and bobs not on here (of which the most puzzling in my view is the omission of "The Puritan" from the Westway single although please note Mr. official reviewer Under The Wstway is certainly on my copy) but the stuff not here is pretty small beer and should already be in the possession of the die-hards at whom this aimed at. I guess the groans about the missing CD booklets might also be fair enough although the enclosed book is a thing of beauty (How about sending the booklets to us EMI in recognition of our devotion in buying the box!). Including a download code is a nice touch (bit of a faff to do it though!!). But overall how can you go wrong - Take a day off work, fake an infectious illness to keep everyone away, start at "Leisure Disc 1" and lose yourself in endless hours of genius!
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great vinyl box set< agree the lack of booklets is a let down, but you do get a download code in each lp for the remastered album and bonus disc tracks. So dont buy both!
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It's only right that a band of Blur's stature and history finally gets a reissue package they deserve. Much care has been taken over the albums that have been remastered (the first 5), bringing out textures and subtleties previous lost in the original mixes. The vocals in particular sound wonderful, and if you already have these albums, the remastering does make them sound fresh, whilst respectful at the same time. Producer Stephen Street oversaw the process so the catalogue was in safe hands.

Each album is packaged with an additional disc featuring the associated singles and b-sides and released and hard to find tracks, and if you are unfamiliar with them, as most fans will tell you, some of Blur's greatest material is amongst their flip-sides. The rollicking Explain, the poignant and beautiful Young & Lovely (any other band would have made this an a-side), the cinematic Theme From An Imaginary Film, the experimental Bustin' + Dronin'.

The big draw for the hardcore fans is the 4 discs of rarities, most of them unreleased - from very stripped down lo-fi demos of classics recorded by Damon only (For Tomorrow/ Beetlebum) to fleshed out early takes of classic album tracks - the Modern Life Is Rubbish early versions being particularly brilliant. And finally Blur fans get to hear the much talked over Andy Partridge sessions (slickly produced and psychaedelic) and the almost mythical Sir Elton John's Cock (actually a tender but fleeting ballad). Some alternative versions included are, in my opinion, far superior to those originally released (Always/I'm Fine, High Cool, Come Together, Far Out, Bored Wives/Entertain Me, Coping) - the discs providing further enriching our knowledge of the band and the way they work together.
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This superb box set, released in 2012, is one for the most avid fan of Britpop's finest boys. Blur are one of my favourite bands, if not my all-time favourite, and although I already own all of the studio albums (as well as stackful of singles and a lots of other prized memorabilia), I still had to acquire 'Blur 21', celebrating the first 21 years, for all the meaty extras.

Thanks to the excellent remastering on the original seven studio albums (from 'Leisure' to 'Think Tank'), we are able to hear an improved sound quality to all the Blur songs we know and love, and the bonus discs with accompany each of them provide all of the singles' B sides (including some absolute classics which should have been on side A, not least of all the cult fan favourite 'Young and Lovely'), and lots of other rare collectables. As these special deluxe editions, (not included with this box however though are the bonus postcards and fine booklets which contain fresh interviews with all the band and previously unseen photographs. Rather disappointingly, the CDs are also housed in simple cardboard packaging without the postcards or booklet), may be bought separately, they aren't really the reason to slash out on this lavish box set.

What you do have here which are exclusive to the collection, are four brilliant discs, chocked full of rare gems. One is a CD featuring unreleased material, including six early tracks when the band were once known as Seymour, and fascinating demos of songs we are already familiar with (I was delighted to be able to hear the demo of my all-time favourite Blur anthem 'For Tomorrow', which is very David Bowie-isque in it's earliest form).
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