Parklive [4CD/1DVD] [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [A four-CD/one-DVD Deluxe Edition was released in 2012.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2012
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099972378922
  • Catalog Number: 23789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Girls & Boys (5:10)
  2. 2 London Loves (3:32)
  3. 3 Tracy Jacks (4:27)
  4. 4 Jubilee (2:43)
  5. 5 Beetlebum (5:54)
  6. 6 Coffee & TV (4:57)
  7. 7 Out of Time - Khyam Allami (4:42)
  8. 8 Young and Lovely (5:07)
  9. 9 Trimm Trabb (5:28)
  10. 10 Caramel (5:04)
  11. 11 Sunday Sunday (3:34)
  12. 12 Country House (4:28)
  13. 13 Parklife - Phil Daniels (3:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Colin Zeal (3:18)
  2. 2 Popscene (3:50)
  3. 3 Advert (4:31)
  4. 4 Song 2 (2:50)
  5. 5 No Distance Left to Run (3:57)
  6. 6 Tender (9:09)
  7. 7 This is a Low (5:13)
  8. 8 Sing (6:19)
  9. 9 Under the Westway/Intermission (6:04)
  10. 10 End of a Century (3:39)
  11. 11 For Tomorrow (6:42)
  12. 12 The Universal (5:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Under the Westway (4:21)
  2. 2 The Puritan (3:16)
  3. 3 Mr Briggs (3:30)
  4. 4 London Loves (3:40)
  5. 5 Young and Lovely (4:38)
  6. 6 Colin Zeal (3:09)
  7. 7 The Puritan (3:47)
  8. 8 No Distance Left to Run (3:51)
  9. 9 This is a Low (6:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Girls & Boys (5:33)
  2. 2 Jubilee (3:04)
  3. 3 Beetlebum (5:54)
  4. 4 Young and Lovely (5:14)
  5. 5 Colin Zeal (3:38)
  6. 6 Oily Water (4:29)
  7. 7 Advert (3:23)
  8. 8 Bugman (3:24)
  9. 9 The Puritan (4:14)
  10. 10 Trimm Trabb (5:52)
  11. 11 For Tomorrow (4:52)
  12. 12 Under the Westway/Intermission (6:28)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Girls & Boys
  2. 2 London Loves
  3. 3 Tracy Jacks
  4. 4 Jubilee
  5. 5 Beetlebum
  6. 6 Coffee & TV
  7. 7 Out of Time - Khyam Allami
  8. 8 Young and Lovely
  9. 9 Trimm Trabb
  10. 10 Caramel
  11. 11 Sunday Sunday
  12. 12 Country House
  13. 13 Parklife - Phil Daniels
  14. 14 Colin Zeal - Harry Enfield
  15. 15 Popscene
  16. 16 Advert
  17. 17 Song 2
  18. 18 No Distance Left To Run
  19. 19 Tender
  20. 20 This is a Low
  21. 21 Sing
  22. 22 Under the Westway
  23. 23 Intermission
  24. 24 End of a Century
  25. 25 For Tomorrow
  26. 26 The Universal
  27. 27 Under the Westway
  28. 28 The Puritan
  29. 29 Under the Westway
  30. 30 The Puritan
  31. 31 Under the Westway
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blur Primary Artist
Phil Daniels Guest Appearance
Wayne Hernandez Background Vocals
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
Alex James Foreword
William Nichols Executive Producer
Will Taylor Engineer
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Will Shapland Engineer
Matt Wood Engineer
Andy Walter Mastering
Dan Fisher Engineer
Chris O'Donnell Executive Producer
Scott Minshall Contributor
Dave Guerin Stage Sound
Helen Atkinson Engineer
Noggin Contributor
Matthew Amos Director
Giorgio Testi Director
Dave Loudoun Engineer
Stefan Demetriou Executive Producer
Hugh Walker Engineer
Chris Phelps Contributor
Christian Wright Mastering
Mike Kaufman Executive Producer
Regine Moylett Management
Alan Gillett Contributor
Matt Butcher Engineer
Dan Hardingham Contributor
Necker Engineer
Craig Duffy Tour Manager
Tanyel Vahdettin Management
Jason Wardman Guitar Techician
Alex McCartan Bass Technician
Suzi Grossman Management
Stuart Lowbridge Drum Technician
Niamh Byrne Management
Mel Ramos Artwork
Adam Draper Stage Technician
Dina Mystris Contributor
Simone Ghilardotti Contributor
Nick Duggins Contributor
David Lopez-Edwards Contributor
Charlotte Barrymore Producer
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