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Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur Double CD

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  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002A03IDY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beetlebum
  2. Girls And Boys
  3. For Tomorrow
  4. Coffee And TV
  5. Out Of Time
  6. Blue Jeans
  7. Song 2
  8. Bugman
  9. He Thought Of Cars
  10. Death Of A Party
  11. The Universal
  12. Sing
  13. This Is A Low

Disc: 2

  1. Tender
  2. She's So High
  3. Chemical World
  4. Good Song
  5. Parklife
  6. Advert
  7. Popscene
  8. Stereotypes
  9. Trimm Trabb
  10. Bad Head
  11. Strange News From Another Star
  12. Battery In Your Leg

Product Description

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Britpop legends Blur are to reunite this summer, marking their 20th anniversary by playing their first shows with Graham Coxon since 2000. The first eagerly-awaited Hyde Park date sold out within minutes and, due to the massive demand, more dates and festival appearances have steadily been added.

To celebrate the reunion, Midlife: A Beginners Guide To Blur is released--a unique collection of the best songs from the band’s career to date. Standing separate from Blur’s previous Best Of, Midlife represents a comprehensive collection of their biggest hits and favourite album tracks. The tracklist offers a deeper look into the group’s entire musical output, across 2 CDs.

Midlife includes album tracks Sing (Leisure), Strange News From Another Star (Blur), Badhead and This Is A Low (Parklife), which sit alongside hit singles Girls & Boys (Parklife), Parklife (Parklife), The Universal (The Great Escape), and Beetlebum (Blur). The collection will also include Popscene--originally released in 1992 as a non-album single and unavailable since.

BBC Review

When Blur announced their first sort-of comeback show in December 2008, Christmas had come a little earlier for the fans who'd pretty much abandoned all hope of ever seeing Damon Albarn, Alex James, Dave Rowntree onstage with Graham Coxon again. As luck would have it, many more people felt the same, with such demand paving the way for a full summer of festival engagements.

Originally forming in 1989, they released their first single a year later, during the baggy debris of late 1990 and, being amazingly haired and not completely ugly, they managed to charm their way into Smash Hits and the Top Ten with second single There's No Other Way in the Spring of 1991. Gloriously chaotic and spectacular booze-hounds, their debut album Leisure barely hinted at what was to come.

It was after being battered by America, that they released their first masterpiece with 1993's Modern Life Is Rubbish, which established them as worthy of being mentioned alongside their heroes. Parklife followed a year later, sold millions, altered indie and went on to scoop up almost every award imaginable. Then in 1995 the joy soon began to unravel with the flawed The Great Escape; so they fled to Iceland and recorded possibly their best album yet with the self-titled and noisier Blur, following that in 1999 with the more far out 13. Then Graham left before making their last album, 2003's Think Tank.

This collection is designed to offer a broader spectrum of what made Blur Blur, having already released a Best Of in 2000, which detailed the singles end of the operation. Midlife is designed to showcase some of treasures found amidst their seven albums such as This is a Low, Trimm Trabb, He Thought of Cars and Advert and is closer to what the band and their fans would select as highlights. So basically there's no sign of Country House, in case you were wondering.

Instead singles such as the sublime Beetlebum, saucy Girls and Boys, Parklife (naturally), modern-day classics such as Out of Time, the Universal and the ever-delectable For Tomorrow figure. And Midlife also offers a rare first-time-on-a-Blur-album sighting of the magnificent 'lost' single Popscene. There's probably one or two missing - one personally hoped Mr Briggs or Young & Lovely might sneak in - but it's a small nag in the bigger scheme of things.

Are they back for good? Who knows. But for now, remember and celebrate the finest band of their generation this way. Essential stuff. --Ian Wade

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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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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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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2009
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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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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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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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