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Parklive
     

Parklive

by Blur
 

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Blur headlined a Brit-pop blowout at Hyde Park on the final day of the London 2012 Olympic games, a concert that not so coincidentally also capped off a flurry of Blur-related activity. The band celebrated its 21st anniversary in grand fashion, reissuing its catalog as deluxe double-disc sets, boxing these deluxe editions in a mammoth

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Blur headlined a Brit-pop blowout at Hyde Park on the final day of the London 2012 Olympic games, a concert that not so coincidentally also capped off a flurry of Blur-related activity. The band celebrated its 21st anniversary in grand fashion, reissuing its catalog as deluxe double-disc sets, boxing these deluxe editions in a mammoth rarities-laden box set called Blur 21, releasing a good reunion single in "Under the Westway"/"The Puritan," and, finally, performing this concert, releasing it digitally the following week as the double-album Parklive (which is due to be expanded into a five-CD box later in the year). Given the amount of time the reunited Blur spent trawling through their back pages, it's not much of a surprise that the set list of Parklive is constructed as a chronicle of their past, one that touches lightly on their beginnings and end -- there's one song apiece from Leisure and Think Tank -- one that accentuates two through-lines in their history: the churning, darkly psychedelic art rock band and the proudly patriotic, albeit wildly sardonic, British pop group. Considering the occasion, Blur serve up plenty of the former, playing roughly half of Parklife -- Phil Daniels himself comes out to bark out the title track -- and have fun digging deep, playing "London Loves," which has rarely ever been played on-stage. This isn't the only rarity here -- they haul out the Modern Life Is Rubbish B-side "Young and Lovely," which Damon Albarn introduces with a preamble dedicating it to the band's children, an acknowledgment of Blur's advancing years, a subject he also alludes to by changing a lyric on "End of a Century" to "as you get closer to 50." Blur are indeed now 20 years on from their '90s peak and it's evident in the music: where they were once frenetic they are now muscular and Albarn's ambition has mellowed into a quiet confidence. The passing of time has only increased Blur's stature as a British treasure and this is a concert that suits their status: it's crowd-pleasing without pandering, the knotty "Caramel" and "Trimm Trabb" fitting neatly next to "Sunday Sunday," the new "Under the Westway" gaining resonance when placed near "Sing" and "For Tomorrow." The latter is just enough to suggest that Blur could continue to build upon their legacy, but if this turns out to be a farewell, it is one that is triumphant.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2012
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
5099972150528
catalogNumber:
21505

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Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Phil Daniels   Guest Appearance
Wayne Hernandez   Background Vocals
Damon Albarn   Group Member
Graham Coxon   Group Member
Alex James   Group Member
Dave Rowntree   Group Member
Janet Ramus   Background Vocals
Dan Carpenter   Brass
Wendi Rose   Background Vocals
Tyrone Henry   Background Vocals
Barnaby Dickinson   Brass
Khyam Allami   Oud
Alistair White   Brass
Mike Smith   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Will Shapland   Engineer
Scott Minshall   Artwork
Dave Guerin   Stage Sound
Darren Evans   Additional Production
Chris Phelps   Additional Music
Regine Moylett   Management
Alan Gillett   Artwork
Matt Butcher   Engineer,House Sound
Dan Hardingham   Additional Music
Craig Duffy   Tour Manager
Jason Wardman   Guitar Techician
Alex McCartan   Bass Technician,Sax Technician
Suzi Grossman   Management
Stuart Lowbridge   Advisor,Drum Technician
Niamh Byrne   Management
Mel Ramos   Poster Design
Bridin Murphy-Mitchell   Additional Production
Becky Swann   Additional Production
Adam Draper   Stage Technician
Dina Mystris   Additional Music
Mrs. Harry Enfield   Additional Production
Tanyel Vehdettin   Management

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