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A terrific evening and a fantastic souvenir.,
This review is from: Parklive [Deluxe Casebound Book 4CD+DVD] (Audio CD)
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