- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Blur 21: The Vinyl Box [VINYL] Box set
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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."
“...One of the most essential archival collections of any band.”
Top Customer Reviews
very worth owning.
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great box set for any blur fan. Has virtually all their material apart from their new album ''Magic Whip''.
What more could you want? Read more
I have to admit that my musical purchases in the 90's through choice of employment were directed to the other side of the spectrum, the insane explosion of dance music as an... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2015 by DJ Control
Although I already own all the singles and albums from orig releasees it was the DVDs and out takes I was mostly interested in as the Ally pally gig was only released on VCR back... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Nicholas Godfrey
Bought as a present for my husband who absolutely loved it. You get a code to get a digital copy of the music so it's really straightforward to get onto your ipod etc. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by khaworth
blur is the best！！！！！They are the most wonderful band in the world !!!!!i just love them!!!!!!they are so great！！！！why people dont buy albums nowPublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by Zhang Tantan
That I already own pretty much all these tracks on other cds etc doesnt really matter as this is an essential purchase. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by H. Sadler
If your a blur fan you've gotta get one of these. It's beautiful, fantastic extras a real treat x xPublished on 30 Oct. 2012 by bex