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Blur 21 Box set, CD+DVD, Limited Edition


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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 21
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B007SAKSF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Limited 21 disc (18 CDs + three DVDs) box set from the Britpop legends, released to coincide with the 21st anniversary of the release of their 1991 debut album Leisure. All seven studio albums are collected with over 5« hours of unreleased material including 65 previously unreleased tracks and more than twice as many rarities, three DVDs, a collector's edition book featuring rare and unseen photos and a new and exclusive interview with the band, and a special limited edition 7-inch vinyl featuring a track recorded under the band's original name, Seymour. Each of the albums are presented as deluxe two CD editions. Four additional CDs contain a plethora of unreleased tracks. The box also includes a digital download code for the albums and all bonus material.

Customer Reviews

If you truly are a Blur fan, this is well worth the dough!
Steven C.
If you're reading this, you already love the band and you know these albums, so I'll leave the music content alone and review this deluxe presentation.
A. Taylor
All the remasters sound great and the rarities are excellent as well.
Matthew R

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 31, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's been 21 years since Blur's first studio release: the 1991 Leisure. To honor this occasion, a 21-disc set (appropriately called "21") collects pretty much everything the band ever commit to tape. Everything is here. With the band currently having scrapped any plans to create a new album, this could very well be the definitive Blur collection.

So what does this collection contain? Here's the inventory:
7 studio albums (all expanded to 2 discs apiece)
4 discs of rarities (a good bit previously unreleased elsewhere)
3 DVDs (two live shows and one with videos)
A hardback book full of liner notes that follow the bands' career
A 7" single of "Superman" (from the band's days as Seymour)

The two-disc studio albums include all of the band's major releases: Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, The Great Escape, Blur, 13, and Think Tank. The band's first five albums have also been remastered. Each album is accompanied with a bonus disc that contains B-sides, live cuts, a few remixes, etc... Some of the content from these extra discs have been available for quite some time. The band has led a fascinating artistic direction, from Leisure's mild psychedelia, to Parklife's britpop glam, to the selftitled Blur's crunching distortion, to Think Tank's refined pop sensibilities. It may be important to note that all of these albums have been concurrently released independently with this collection -- if you're only interested in hearing material from the band's early era, you can buy those discs separately.

The hardbound book includes many insights from the band itself. This book includes interviews with the band members, but it is primarily composed of pictures.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. on August 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"THIS IS THE NEXT CENTURY...."

Whenever a box set comes out, I approach it with caution. Let's face it, these things can be costly. However, let's really think about what you're getting here. Over the past three to five years, we've seen box sets around this price that are commemorating JUST ONE SINGLE ALBUM! Pearl Jam "Ten", The Who's Quadrophenia, etc. However, here you have 97% of their output... in beautifully designed packages, and the sound is spectacular. So, in this review, I'll discuss the content, and try to silence the skeptics.

First, I've read a lot of "But I already have all this stuff. Why would you need it?"

A - Standards, first of all. If you are a casual fan and don't care about the bonus material, this isn't targeted at you anyway. Second, if you primarily listen to music on the free earbuds that come with your iPhone, well, you may not care about remastering. HOWEVER, for those of you that love music and love Blur and have standards, the remastering came out spectacularly!

Frank Arkwright is AGAINST the Loudness Wars and he does NOT "Just make things louder". He sonically improves things. He did a fantastic job with The Smiths' catalogue, and has done it again with this one! It's not just louder.

PLEASE LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT REMASTERING IS: They take the original MASTER tapes, and use MODERN 2012 technology to create a new master. That's what happens when you do it properly. Frank Arkwright is an engineer who does original masters too. He knows this stuff. When the artist or producer isn't involved, and when they hire some unqualified record company schlub to remaster, you may get them simply running a CD mix through an equalizer and pumping up the volume. This isn't the case here.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Lad on August 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This set is absolutely fantastic, but here's a round up of all the tracks that aren't included in this set. Some tracks are key releases that were inexcusably left off this set and others are either remixes, live, acoustic, or alternate versions of songs. It's a shame because there was plenty of space to fit all these missing tracks on the set. All of the tracks listed below have been officially released previously on various formats throughout Blur's career. In my opinion, the first 14 tracks listed below and Track 19 ("Never Clever") really should've been included in this Box Set in order to have all officially released Blur tracks. Luckily, you can still acquire all of these missing tracks, but you'll have to do some intense hunting around on e-bay, or amazon and buy second-hand.

1. Substitute (track featured on 'Who Covers Who' compilation)
2. Oliver's Army (track included on 'Peace Together' compilation)
3. Colours (fan club single)
4. I Know (the version on the box set is the extended version, not the original UK B-Side version)
5. High Cool (Easy Listening Mix)
6. Bad Day (Leisurely Mix)
7. Headist/Into Another
8. 7 Days
9. Dizzy (Seymour Version). The version included on the box set isn't the "Sunday Sunday" B-Side version, even though the liner notes indicate that it is!)
10. Fried Seymour Version)
11. Shimmer Seymour Version)
12. Long Legged Seymour Version)
13. Mixed Up Seymour Version). The version included on the box set isn't the "Sunday Sunday" B-Side version, even though the liner notes indicate that it is!)
14. Tell Me Tell Me Seymour Version)
15. She's So High (Single Edit)
16. For Tomorrow (Single Edit)
17. For Tomorrow (acoustic)
18. Chemical World (U.S.
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Digital Release?
Well, I added everything up, and while iTunes and Amazon were offering digital downloads for the albums for cheaper than buying the physical CDs, if you actually buy the CDs, it's only (at the time of this writing) an extra $2 to buy the box set. So, for an extra $2, you get another 4 CDs and 3... Read More
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