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To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur s break-through album Parklife has now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary original producer, Stephen Street.
The first of five No 1 albums for the band, the four times platinum selling Parklife transformed Blur into the biggest band in the country and the Parklife Special Edition certainly doesn t fall short of that status. The accompanying bonus disc begins by collecting together all b-sides from all formats of the Girls And Boys, To The End, Parklife and End Of A Century singles, which contain - among many lesser-known Blur tracks - a Pet Shop Boys remix of Girls And Boys, a rendition of To The End with Damon singing in French, Graham s take on Country and Western in Red Necks and a rare appearance of a track written by Alex on, Alex s Song. Also included are previously unreleased acoustic versions of Jubilee and Parklife recorded for a BBC Radio 1 session in 1994 and the previously unreleased Cadena 40 Principales Acoustic Version of End Of A Century, which featured on a Spanish-only promo for the single.
The Parklife Special Edition is housed in a deluxe lift-off lid box with four exclusive Blur artwork postcards and an expanded booklet that includes previously unseen photos and liner notes based on a brand new interview with all the band members.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B007SAKTD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blur is one of the last true 'album' bands in existence--that is, they focus their primary energies on making brilliant and adventurous records, à la The Beatles. Almost no band in the past decade has been so amazingly consistent, so cutting-edge and daring. "Parklife," their epochal 1994 release, still stands as the gold standard in the elustrious Blur back catalogue; it is a record that is boldly representive of its time period, yet light years ahead of it. Safely said, almost no band has ever made such a pure, diverse, and enthralling pop record, one that seems to encompass the very history of rock 'n roll. "Parklife" overflows with melody and atmosphere and Damon's lyrics unfold like a great story, jumping from one idiosyncracy of English life to the next. His characters, pulled from the everyday pages of English life, are rich and complex figures whose lives and actions beg for the listener's full attention. Yet, even if the listener is oblivious to the this record's staunch Englishness, the music is more than capable of enchanting your ear and enriching your mind. Beautiful guitar riffs, sonorous and thick bass lines, spacey organs, and sweeping horns and strings permeate these tunes. On "Girls and Boys," the catchiest bass line in the history of recorded music is intertwined with a minimalist guitar figure and a bleepy synth to make one of the best pop singles in history. On "This Is A Low," a backwards guitar figure cascades over light cymbal splashes, eventually giving way to Damon's echoey, melancholy chorus--when he longingly enunciates "This is a low/But it won't hurt you when you're alone," the hairs on my neck stand up.Read more ›
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By A Customer on February 25, 2000
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Oh man, this is just one of the BEST albums! I have to say that I'm always going back and forth between the album "Blur" (The one with the "woo-hoo" song on it) and "Parklife" for my favorite Blur album. I really wish they got more attention over here and more radio play because they always kick out great songs. "Parklife" is thoroughly enjoyable. I especially like "Tracy Jacks," "End of a Century" and "Girls and Boys." And of course that ubiquitous title tune, "Parklife." Damon Albarn isn't afraid to sound silly and really plays up that whole quaint-but-cocky British thing. This album is really a fun piece of work; you need to own it and love it! One more note: I saw Blur back in 1997 in this tiny lame club in Seattle (I'm sure they were humiliated because they place was so small and filled with teenyboppers) but they put on a GREAT show, the best live show I've ever seen. They're teriffic showmen and just darn fine musicians. Get "Parklife" and everything else they've done, they are great!
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By A Customer on December 24, 1998
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This is, along with Achtung Baby, the best album of the decade. An absolute musical masterpiece making Blur by far and away the best in the business.
There are many great things to be said about this album, the best of all being that the album encapsulates every type of British music into one. It's variety is unparalleled.
Girls and Boys is the first single and the album opener, also one of Blur's finest song's. A brilliant chorus meshed with a tune reminiscent to the Clash's London Calling, make this arguably the best song here.
End of the Century and To the End are beautifully written singles. Magic America and Jubilee are both cutting satire's on every day people. The first is a mockery of America, the second tells the story of a bored, middle class loser.
Parklife is one of the catchiest songs ever written with wonderful narration by English cult actor Phil Daniels and This is a Low is a wonderful closer that is completely different to anything else on the album.
Overall a must have.
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I've owned this album for as many years as it's been available, and I've never gone very long without playing it. It's as densely British as The Streets or early Billy Bragg, but infinitely more accessible. It's fun and rowdy, electronic and rockin'. Its moods range from the rioutously androgynous and danceable "Girls & Boys," to the punky "Bank Holiday," to the trancey "Far Out" (which has lyrics consisting only of stars and features of outer space), to the rapid fire "Trouble In The Message Centre" and the despairing "This Is A Low." Throw in a few short, listing organ instrumentals, lots of the thickest of British accents, and great, cheeky lyrics, and you have the weird and drunken ride of an album that is "Parklife."

My wife hates it--says it sounds "too 1980s"--but I love it. I think it's among Blur's very best.
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I've been going through kind of a 90's music revival phase lately to remind me of just how much fun I used to have pre-career and paying real bills and all that. I remember going to clubs in the 90's with my best friend and asking the DJ to play Girls and Boys. We thought we were so hip requesting Blur amidst all the American grunge (which was also great by the way). I also remember the cover with the crazy black dog on it that always kind of made me laugh (still does). Anyway, listening to Blur today I'm surprised at how many influences I hear - Buzzcocks, Blondie (think Atomic), the Beatles, etc. I really smiled rediscovering Blur again. Blur is fun and kind of weird sort of like good electronica mixed with punk and rock. It seemed to me on many tracks there is a big 80's influence as well. Most of the songs are fantastic, although around song 9 there are a few in that area that I did not find as strong or as dynamic as a very strong beginning and end. I don't like to compare bands to each other because I think every band holds something special but I will just say that if someone is a fan of Pulp, Oasis, Garbage, Weezer (thinking of some of the bands of that time) they would most likely enjoy Blur. Blur can also be found on the Trainspotting soundtrack. All in all Parklife gave me back a little piece of the 90's (best days of my life) that I really miss. If you are thinking of starting a 90's collection, I would definitely say purchase Parklife and if you remember going to a club and dancing to Girls and Boys about a thousand times, then you should absolutely add Parklife to your collection.
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