It is a hefty box. It Album 18 CDs and three DVDs, adding up to 21 discs, which just happens to be the anniversary Blur are celebrating ina year Album) they've continued their halting reunion to headline the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
And, really, there was no other choice for such a prestigious gig. Other bands were bigger -- archrivals Oasis handily eclipsed them in popularity and the Spice Girls soon brought Cool Brittania to an even greater audience -- and Suede arguably kick-started the whole Brit-pop phenomenon, but Blur defined their era, Beached Whale (4 Track Demo June 1992) - Blur - Blur 21 (The Box) (Box Set the prominence of British pop music and then heading into uncharted waters.
Blur 21 chronicles that journey in minute detail and, contrary to Album its imposing size suggests, the box does not contain everything the group ever recorded. You'd have to be a pretty hardcore fan to notice how their terrible cover of the Who 's "Substitute" is MIA and even if you were that Album, chances are you'd rather have the four discs of unreleased rarities included here instead. These CDs -- along with the DVDs, each capturing a separate live show from different stages of the band's career beginning with the home video Showtime and ending with a 13 -era live set augmented by videos that didn't make the Best of Blur DVD -- are exclusive to the box set but the double-disc expanded editions of the group's seven albums are available separately.
Each of these rounds up the non-LP B-sides from the accompanying album, leaving behind a few live cuts and remixes but containing all pertinent stray songs, many of which are excellent, particularly during the group's mid-'90s prime.
What makes Blur Beached Whale (4 Track Demo June 1992) - Blur - Blur 21 (The Box) (Box Set something more than Numbers - Kraftwerk - Computer World fan bait -- although, make no mistake about it, there needs to be a certain level of dedication to get through a box of this size -- is that there is an actual narrative told here, one that not only tells the story of Blur but represents the trajectory of British indie music in the '90s.
For two albums -- Parklife in and The Great Escape in -- Blur perfected a classical British pop before returning to their art-school roots on their eponymous album, eventually embracing modern electronic cut-and-paste techniques on 's 13 before splintering apart during the recording of 's Think Tank. This journey is compelling and the added detail of rarities and B-sides deepens the experience, particularly during the early years when they were called Seymour and during the Brit-pop purple patch when they were making more good music than could fit on a single album.
Naturally, at this length there are some failures or experiments gone awry -- the early demos, such Boogiegesellschaft - Sand 11 - Sand 11 an minute "She's So High," are interesting but formless, and the concluding jams from 13 were meant to be spliced into shape by William Orbitnot heard at this length -- Second Day Of Spring - Gradient - Shapes And Textures all the mess winds up illustrating Blur 's restless range and depth.
There were plenty of other great British bands of the '90s but none of their peers -- OasisSuedePulpRadiohead -- covered as much stylistic ground or wound up with a catalog as rich as this ridiculously generous box set handily proves.
Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing - Disc 1. She's So High. Slow Down. Bad Day. There's No Other Way. Come Together. High Cool. Wear Me Down. Track Listing - Disc 2. I Know [Extended Mix].
Mr Briggs. I'm All Over. Won't Do It. Day Upon Day. Bang [Extended Version]. Uncle Love. I Love Her. Track Listing - Disc 3. For Tomorrow. Colin Zeal. Pressure On Julian. Star Shaped. Blue Jeans. Chemical World [Including 'Intermission']. Sunday Sunday. Oily Water. Miss America. Villa Rosie. Turn It Up. Resigned [Including 'Commercial Break']. Track Listing - Disc 4.
Badgeman Brown. I'm Fine. Garden Central. Into Another. Bone Bag. Hanging Over. When the Cows Come Home. Chemical World [Reworked]. Es Schmecht. Young and Lovely. Maggie May. My Ark. Harry Dacre. Let's All Go Down the Strand. Track Listing - Disc 5. Girls and Boys. Tracy Jacks. End of a Century. Parklife Starring Phil Daniels. Bank Holiday. The Debt Collector. Far Out.
To the End. London Loves. Trouble In the Message Centre. Clover Over Dover. Magic America. This is a Low. Lot Track Listing - Disc 6. Damon Albarn. Anniversary Waltz. People In Europe. Threadneedle Street. Got Yer! To the Album [French Version]. Supa Shoppa. Theme From An Imaginary Film. Album) Necks. Graham Coxon.
Solo Za Konkurs - Various - Univerzitet U Novom Sadu, Akademija Umetnosti - Zvučni Letopis 1975-1985, Metamorphosis - John Cage - Jeanne Kirstein - Musique Pour Piano, Vol.1, Filled With Shame - Adamantium - From The Depths Of Depression, Finale (Allegro molto) - Joseph Haydn, Walter Olbertz - Die Klaviersonaten. Gesamtausgabe, Metallica - ...And Justice For Woodstock