Great Escape [Special Edition]

Great Escape [Special Edition]

by Blur
     
 

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In the simplest terms, The Great Escape is the flip side of Parklife. Where Blur's breakthrough album was a celebration of the working class, drawing on British pop from the '60s and reaching through the '80s, The Great Escape concentrates on the suburbs, featuring a cast of characters all trying to cope with the numbingSee more details below

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In the simplest terms, The Great Escape is the flip side of Parklife. Where Blur's breakthrough album was a celebration of the working class, drawing on British pop from the '60s and reaching through the '80s, The Great Escape concentrates on the suburbs, featuring a cast of characters all trying to cope with the numbing pressures of modern life. Consequently, it's darker than Parklife, even if the melancholia is hidden underneath the crisp production and catchy melodies. Even the bright, infectious numbers on The Great Escape have gloomy subtexts, whether it's the disillusioned millionaire of "Country House" and the sycophant of "Charmless Man" or the bleak loneliness of "Globe Alone" and "Entertain Me." Naturally, the slower numbers are even more despairing, with the acoustic "Best Days," the lush, sweeping strings of "The Universal," and the stark, moving electronic ballad "Yuko & Hiro" ranking as the most affecting work Blur have ever recorded. However, none of this makes The Great Escape a burden or a difficult album. The music bristles with invention throughout, as Blur delve deeper into experimentation with synthesizers, horns, and strings; guitarist Graham Coxon twists out unusual chords and lead lines, and Damon Albarn spits out unexpected lyrical couplets filled with wit and venomous intelligence in each song. But Blur's most remarkable accomplishment is that they can reference the past -- the Scott Walker homage of "The Universal," the Terry Hall/Fun Boy Three cop on "Top Man," the skittish, XTC-flavored pop of "It Could Be You," and Albarn's devotion to Ray Davies -- while still moving forward, creating a vibrant, invigorating record. [EMI's deluxe 2012 double-disc expansion of The Great Escape contains the 1995 album on the first disc and a host of B-sides and rarities on the second. Among Blur's British Trilogy, The Great Escape often gets slighted but this era generated the band's greatest B-sides, likely due to the confluence of the band being in its commercial prime and the industry's dictate to release multi-part CD singles for every single pulled from the record. And so we have "One Born Every Minute," "The Ultranol," and "No Monsters in Me," outtakes from The Great Escape that could have fit easily within the record itself ("Ultranol" itself is the sunny flip of "The Universal"). There are a couple of alternates -- a remix of "Entertain Me," a French version of "To the End" -- along with a suite of songs culled from their triumphant 1995 gig at Mile End. And then there are five flips that illustrate how not all was well beneath the glided surface: "The Man Who Left Himself," "Tame," "Ludwig," "The Horrors," "A Song," and "St. Louis" are woozy, unnerving returns to Barrett-styled psychedelia and tentative stabs at lo-fi that point the way to the sounds of 1997's Blur.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
5099964482521
catalogNumber:
44825

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Stereotypes  -  Blur
  2. Country House  -  Blur
  3. Best Days  -  Blur
  4. Charmless Man  -  Blur
  5. Fade Away  -  Blur
  6. Top Man  -  Blur
  7. The Universal  -  Blur
  8. Mr Robinson's Quango  -  Blur
  9. He Thought of Cars  -  Blur
  10. It Could Be You  -  Blur
  11. Ernold Same  -  Blur
  12. Globe Alone  -  Blur
  13. Dan Abnormal  -  Blur
  14. Entertain Me  -  Blur
  15. Yuko and Hiro  -  Blur

Disc 2

  1. One Born Every Minute  -  Blur
  2. To the End (La Comedie)  -  Blur
  3. Ultranol  -  Blur
  4. No Monsters In Me  -  Blur
  5. Entertain Me  -  Blur
  6. The Man Who Left Himself  -  Blur
  7. Tame  -  Blur
  8. Ludwig  -  Blur
  9. The Horrors  -  Blur
  10. A Song  -  Blur
  11. St Louis  -  Blur
  12. Country House  -  Blur
  13. Girls and Boys  -  Blur
  14. Parklife  -  Blur
  15. For Tomorrow  -  Blur
  16. Charmless Man  -  Blur
  17. Chemical World  -  Blur
  18. Ein Kleine Lift Musik  -  Blur

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Damon Albarn   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Jacques Bolognesi   Accordion
Simon Clarke   Saxophone,Group Member
Graham Coxon   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Kick Horns   Horn
Alex James   Bass Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet,Group Member
John Metcalfe   Viola,Group Member
Dave Rowntree   Drums,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping
Tim Sanders   Saxophone,Group Member
Stephen Street   Hand Clapping
Cathy Gillat   Vocals
Ken Livingstone   Narrator
Ivan McCermoy   Cello,Group Member
Rick Wentworth   Conductor
Angela Murrell   Background Vocals
Duke Quartet   Strings
Duke String Quartet   Strings
Rick Koster   Violin,Group Member
Louisa Fuller   Violin,Group Member
Neil Sidwell   Trombone,Group Member
Teresa Jane David   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Khalil Chahine   String Arrangements
Blur   Producer,Additional Production
Françoise Hardy   Composer
Damon Albarn   Composer,Engineer
Graham Coxon   Engineer
Isobel Griffiths   Additional Production
Stephen Hague   Producer
Alex James   Engineer
Dave Rowntree   Engineer
Stephen Street   Producer
Nels Israelson   Band Photo
Paul Postle   Director
Miranda Sawyer   Liner Notes
Jason Cox   Studio Manager
John Smith   Producer,Engineer
Tom King   Cover Photo
Scott Minshall   Reissue Design
Darren Evans   Reissue Design
Jonathan Glazer   Director

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