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Recorded live on 12th August 2012 at Hyde Park, 'Parklive' is probably the best live recording from Blur that has been released (excluding bootlegs, some of which are actually excellent). This energetic and exciting performance captures the band on top form, in front of an adoring crowd. The sound is of very high quality, crystal clear, and you really are able to appreciate what an awesome guitar player Graham Coxon is. I'm practically in love with Damon Albarn's voice, and his vocals on this recording are just as appealing as they have ever been. The very cool Alex James is also on top form with bassist, proving that all those years of cheese making hasn't made him lose any of his talent.

To any big, or even casual fan of these guys, the set list should have a very familiar look to it, and I have no complaints. From the infectious and joyful mega pop hits like 'Girls and Boys', 'Country House' and 'Song 2', to Phil Daniels guesting as vocalist again on 'Parklife', to the slower, meaningful and beautiful ballads like 'Tender', 'This is a Low', and the heart-breaking 'No Distance Left to Run'. My favourite Blur song 'For Tomorrow' is second from last, and I was particularly pleased to hear their B side track 'Young and Lovely' being played, this song is amazing and should have been an A side, but instead was hidden away as a B their 'Chemical World'.

This live record is an excellent l souvenir for all fans of these Britpop gods. The more devoted of followers though, might be interested in also invested in buying the DVD edition, Parklive [DVD] [2012], where you'll get the fuller experience by being able to watch the concert for yourself.
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on 7 December 2012
Having been present at the BT London Live Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park, I was curious to see if Blur really were as good as I remembered on that August evening. I am happy to report that this CD and DVD surpassed my expectations. Having seen four bands that day including both the Specials and New Order, Blur still managed to put on the best performance (and that is saying something!).
Playing a set that included something for everybody including all the hits as well as some deeper cuts from albums 13 and Modern Life Is Rubbish, this is a truly stunning comeback from a band that has been away for far too long.
Tracks such as "Trimm Trabb" and "Caramel" sift seamlessly into the big hits "Parklife", "Country House" and "Song 2". And this is where the real treasure of this collection lies in that Blur are able to be unanimous crowd pleasers as well as artistic geniuses.
Anyone worried about the state of Damon Albarn's vocal cords after the Brit Awards performance need not be as he is able with ease to work his way through songs such as "This Is A Low" and "The Universal" with ease and show delicacy in such songs as "No Distance Left To Run" without any strain. Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree are also all on top form and seem to have real fun bouncing off of each other with even Coxon enjoying the joyful knees-up of "Country House". And for those interested, "Under The Westway" fits perfectly into the set and is one of the major highlights.
The songs from the "100 Club" performance are of equal quality and I must say how great it is to see "Young And Lovely", "Bugman" and "Oily Water" being performed again. Whether listening to this in the car and shouting along to the lyrics or trying to spot yourself in the audience on the DVD, this is a great purchase even if the price label for the deluxe edition is a little too steep for most fans.
The book features high quality photographs of the performances but little else for the die-hard fan. It is great though for fans who ordered off of the Blur website to have your name printed in the book which is a brilliant idea and just adds to the value for someone like myself. Still if you are only interested in the Hyde Park performance, it is probably best to go for the album and DVD seperately which currently is much cheaper.
So in conclusion, a great little memory piece for one of the finest gigs I have had the pleasure of seeing. However, as stated previously, I would imagine the deluxe ediion to have less value for someone who wasn't actually there and for those people I recommend the far cheaper standard editions. Long live Blur and let's hope that a new studio album is one the way soon! 9/10
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on 25 January 2013
Don't get me wrong I am a huge blur fan, owning a huge collection of their work. I think they are one of the best live bands around, with an amazing sound that replicates and also adds a twist to their studio recordings, which I think is important in a live show. No-one wants to hear a carbon copy of a studio recording when you see a live band. Having seen them live (and in Hyde Park)about 7 times over the last 15 years my biggest problem with this live show (and their others) comes down to the setlist. As a band that has a huge back catalog and a solid fan base, they shouldn't be affraid to mix it up a bit more. Its a great success when they do as Caramel sounds amazing in this set. Parklife - Check, For Tomorrow - Check, This is a Low - Check. And you could take any version of these from live sources and find they tend to sound exactly the same (although full of energy).
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on 5 January 2013
I was at this gig and it was the perfect way to end the Olympic fortnight. Blur were amazing and this is a great memento of a wonderful night.
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on 22 January 2016
great stuff
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on 8 December 2016
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on 19 June 2014
Well, certainly a live album for the purist, not a lot of overdubs here! In fairness, more live albums should be less polished like this and u really get to appreciate just how good a guitarist graham coxen is.
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on 27 May 2015
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on 2 May 2013
It was Christmas present. I thought it was good value and cheaper than retail shops. It was the real deal. Great!
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on 16 May 2013
Very cool!
Absolutely great concert in a perfect package.
object absolutely to have for any old or new KASABIAN fan.
The sound is very clear.
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