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Even the best bands, the biggest bands, the most important ones, are cosmic accidents, and a worldbeating career can hinge on a brief encounter. Blur’s story begins at Colchester’s Stanway Comprehensive School in the early ’80s, and a feisty collision between recent East London transplant Damon Albarn and local lad Graham Coxon.
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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005176F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beetlebum
2. Song 2
3. There's No Other Way
4. The Universal
5. Coffee And TV
6. Parklife
7. End Of A Century
8. No Distance Left To Run
9. Tender
10. Girls And Boys
11. Charmless Man
12. She's So High
13. Country House
14. To The End
15. On Your Own
16. This Is A Low
17. For Tomorrow
18. Music Is My Radar

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Scanning the track listing of this album, it's hard not to conclude that Blur aren't a little embarrassed by their early work. Opening with the chart one-two of "Beetlebum" and "Song 2" (from their eponymous 1997 watershed album) rather than the baggy groove of their debut single, "She's So High," it's apparent that they desire to accentuate their more recent efforts. Running order aside, it's hard to fault the 18 songs which chart the life and times of one of Britain's smartest, most inventive bands. From the tuxedoed ballad "The Universal" through the cartoon Brit-pop of numbers such as "Parklife" and "Country House" to the freshly recorded indie-influenced "Music Is My Radar," their searching intelligence and deft hooks are never less than admirable. --Mike Pattenden

Customer Reviews

Like the Gorillaz, the music used in the Blur songs is very unique and energetic.
Stella Carrier
Put it this way: the songs on The Best of Blur are the ones that made this group one of the most popular British bands of the 90s.
Blake Maddux
This is a great CD for people who don't know enough about Blur's music to buy any specific album.
Elaine

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Wilson on November 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
i don't believe that this "album" is worth 4 stars, but i gave it that score because it's impossible to ignore the quality of the songs here. every one of these is intelligent, catchy, and innovative, which makes blur stand out amidst all these good british bands that have suddenly come out of nowhere. blur is one of the best because they made cohesive, good albums, which is no small feat nowadays. the problem with this collection is that it does not do the songs justice. if you don't own "parklife" or "blur", you will miss the point of these tracks. the songs mean so much more in their proper context, which makes a good greatest hits record an impossible task for a band like blur. the same can be said for radiohead, pink floyd, etc... if you're really into their music, then you're better off owning the albums; however, if you're a casual listener, and are mostly concerned with the hits, maybe this will suit you. the bonus live disc probably isn't worth it even to serious fans, unless you simply love live recordings.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Huw Davies on December 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ever since forming in 1990, Blur have been well-renowned for their music, and its varying styles. Now, with a new album on its way in mid-2001, they release their current 'Best Of', oddly entitled 'The Best Of Blur'. But anyway, here's the rough review: The album has all types of pop music, from the mellow 'Tender' to the chirpy 'Parklife' to the heavy guitar-laden 'Song 2'. Of course, both chart-toppers are here, with the particularly brilliant 'Country House' showing off its true class. The highlights? 1) the Cheerful (Parklife; Girls and Boys) 2) the Beautiful (Tender; This Is A Low) 3) the Thoughtful and Meaningful (believe it or not, Country House) ...and well, the downright odd... (Music Is My Radar) In a summary, for Blur fans without all the albums: this is a must-buy. However, the only other reason for buying this (if you do own all the albums) would be the add-on live songs, which can be found (with the actual album) at generally the same price.
So, the end of an era? Of course, but only if they stop now...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blake Maddux on February 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Blur is both a great singles band and a great albums band. The Best of Blur focuses on its prowess as a singles band, and in this regard might more correctly be called "Blur's Greatest Hits." (If I may split hairs, it seems to me that a CD called "Greatest Hits" should include pretty much only hit singles, while one titled "Best Of" should more fully represent the artist's "best" material, including hit singles and album tracks.) Nit-picking aside, The Best of Blur serves as a perfect model for a worthwhile (and worth the money) compilation. First, with 18 tracks, it features about three-quarters of the singles that charted in the US and UK, plus one well-chosen album cut and a new song for good measure (the fact that about a half-dozen chart singles are missing is indicative of what a successful band Blur was in the 90s). Moreover, the content of this disc leaves no question as the overall quality of Blur's output. Finally, while this can only be realized in hindsight, The Best of was released at an ideal time, as the recording of Blur's 2003 release Think Tank would mark the beginning of a new era for the band.

The most obvious shortcoming of this disc is that it slights Blur's superb second CD, Modern Life Is Rubbish, by including only one of its tracks, "For Tomorrow." The most inexplicable omission would be the the proto-Britpop single "Popscene", but the singles "Chemical World" and "Sunday, Sunday" are also missing. As it happens, however, this weakness is turned into a strength by leaving room for the inclusion of three tracks from its more experimental (i.e., less poppy, more personal) sixth CD 13.
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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Justin Ratcliff on May 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having seen my brother buy album after album from these blokes, I got a really good sense of Blurs' sound. And yet, I could never be bothered to purchase one for my self. It's not that I didn't like them, my tastes in muzik were bringing me in different directions. Well, no more. I saw The Best Of in the store for [price], looked at the track listing and saw some songs that I knew I liked; Boys and Girls, Charmless Man, Parklife, Song 2(sans Intel advert) so on and so forth.
Long story short, this album is fantastic.
And, as a newcomer, so to speak, what better place to start than the tried and tested best tracks? (Currently grooving to Music is My Radar). Now to go and bolster my collection with all their albums. I am hooked.
As a funny foot note, I can remember the days of Oasis endlessly bagging on Blur. Really in the most rude and vile of ways. "I hope they get AIDS", and much worse. Well, those battles are long over, and Oasis has slipped into the kind of obscurity that the former Soviet Union now enjoys. Can you even give away an Oasis album these days?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bergen on January 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Before I got this CD I was your usual teeny bopper. You know the Nsync Britney Spears girl. But I heard Blur`s song, 'Song 2' and I thought it was pretty good. So I saw this CD in the store and said why not. So I got the CD and I was stunned by everything. I love this CD its my favorite. I told all my friends about them, and they got the CD`s. Song 2, Coffee and TV, Parklife, End Of a century, Charmless man, For Tomorrow, and Music is my radar are just a few that I love. Plus the live CD make it even better, because being a fan in the states you dont get to see them very much so hey its great. So go out and buy the best of blur cause well.. you`d be crazy not to.
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