Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

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Released in conjunction with their 2009 reunion, the double-disc career retrospective Midlife emphasizes Blur's early psychedelic grind -- halfway between Syd Barrett and shoegazing -- along with their post-Brit-pop indie makeover, giving somewhat short shrift to the band's pop prime, cutting out four of theSee more details below

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Released in conjunction with their 2009 reunion, the double-disc career retrospective Midlife emphasizes Blur's early psychedelic grind -- halfway between Syd Barrett and shoegazing -- along with their post-Brit-pop indie makeover, giving somewhat short shrift to the band's pop prime, cutting out four of the band's big hits ("There's No Other Way," "Country House," "End of the Century," and "Charmless Man") in favor of album tracks that play into the thesis that Blur were as somber and serious a guitar band as Radiohead. Of course, Blur did rival Radiohead, recording some of the greatest guitar rock of the '90s, but that was only one facet of the band: they were also a bright, artful pop band, cleverly twisting '60s traditions and post-punk styles into the present. Elements of this Blur are evident in "Girls & Boys" and "Parklife," hits so big they couldn't be ignored, and while Midlife could have used a heavier dose of this side of Blur, there's not a bad track here, and the set also brings their glorious, epoch-creating single "Popscene" back into circulation, so Midlife has some considerable value.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0603497912025
catalogNumber:
791202
Rank:
339931

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Beetlebum  -  Blur
  2. Girls and Boys  -  Blur
  3. For Tomorrow  -  Blur
  4. Coffee and TV  -  Blur
  5. Out of Time  -  Blur
  6. Blue Jeans  -  Blur
  7. Song 2  -  Blur
  8. Bugman  -  Blur
  9. He Thought of Cars  -  Blur
  10. Death of a Party  -  Blur
  11. The Universal  -  Blur
  12. Sing  -  Blur
  13. This Is a Low  -  Blur

Disc 2

  1. Tender  -  Blur
  2. She's So High  -  Blur
  3. Chemical World  -  Blur
  4. Good Song  -  Blur
  5. Parklife  -  Blur
  6. Advert  -  Blur
  7. Popscene  -  Blur
  8. Stereotypes  -  Blur
  9. Trimm Trabb  -  Blur
  10. Bad Head  -  Blur
  11. Strange News from Another Star  -  Blur
  12. Battery in Your Leg  -  Blur

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Phil Daniels   Vocals,Guest Appearance
London Community Gospel Choir   Choir, Chorus
Groupe Regional du Marrakech   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

William Orbit   Producer,Engineer
Steve Power   Producer
Steve Lovell   Producer
Dave Rowntree   Composer
Damian leGassick   Digital Editing
Ben Hillier   Producer,Engineer
Sean Spuehler   Digital Editing
Jason Cox   Engineer
John Smith   Engineer
James Richard Oliver   Artwork
James Dring   Programming,Engineer
Desyud Mustafa   Arranger

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