2 x LP
+ HQ Download
( 1997 )- 2012 EU reissue 2LP 180gram audiophile vinyl - includes the massive hit singles " Beetlebum" and " Song 2" , -housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork, including codes to download the albums as high quality MP3...
Release date: 26-07-2012(originally released in 1997)
2012 EU reissue 2LP+Download , cut on 180gram audiophile vinyl-includes the massive hit singles " Beetlebum" and "Song 2" , To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur’s eponymous fifth album 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 producer, Stephen Street.
Expanded across two discs, the LP format of Blur remaster is cut on heavyweight 180 gram, audiophile vinyl, including codes to download the albums as high quality MP3, and housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork.
A2 Song 2
A3 Country Sad Ballad Man
B1 On Your Own
B2 Theme From Retro
B3 You're So Great
B4 Death Of A Party
C1 Chinese Bombs
C2 I'm Just A Killer For Your Love
C3 Look Inside America
C4 Strange News From Another Star
D1 Movin' On
D2 Essex Dogs
Despite worries from Blur's label, EMI, and the music press that the change in style would alienate the band's predominantly teenage fanbase and that the album would flop as a result, Blur, as well as lead single, "Beetlebum", reached the top of the UK charts and the album was certified platinum. The album also reached the top 20 in six other countries. The success of "Song 2" led to Blur becoming the band's most successful album in the USA where the Britpop scene had been largely unsuccessful. The album received positive and mixed reviews from most music critics, many praising the stylistic change as well as Albarn's improved songwriting.
Blur is easily among the best bands to come out of the '90s Britpop scene. Borrowing from their influences (a teaspoon Stone Roses, a healthy dose of the Kinks, a dab of the Beatles, and a sprinkling of the Smiths), they carved out a sound that was uniformly accessible.
1997 saw Blur abandon English character song and look towards leftfield American rock for inspiration Recorded partly in Iceland Britpop is shunned in favor of abstract experimentalism abrasive guitars held together with Damon Albarns instinctive knack for writing memorable tunes The album features the bands second UK 1 single Beetlebum and the casually anthemic Song 2 the latter finally acquiring Blur transatlantic success
Bonus(cd,single,download): HQ Download
Label: EMI-Food Record
Originally released: 1997
This release: 2012