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Parklife [Japan Bonus Track]
     

Parklife [Japan Bonus Track]

by Blur
 

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Modern Life Is Rubbish established Blur as the heir to the archly British pop of the Kinks, the Small Faces, and the Jam, but its follow-up, Parklife, revealed the depth of that transformation. Relying more heavily on Ray

Overview

Modern Life Is Rubbish established Blur as the heir to the archly British pop of the Kinks, the Small Faces, and the Jam, but its follow-up, Parklife, revealed the depth of that transformation. Relying more heavily on Ray Davies' seriocomic social commentary, as well as new wave, Parklife runs through the entire history of post-British Invasion Britpop in the course of 16 songs, touching on psychedelia, synth pop, disco, punk, and music hall along the way. Damon Albarn intended these songs to form a sketch of British life in the mid-'90s, and it's startling how close he came to his goal; not only did the bouncy, disco-fied "Girls & Boys" and singalong chant "Parklife" become anthems in the U.K., but they inaugurated a new era of Britpop and lad culture, where British youth celebrated their country and traditions. The legions of jangly, melodic bands that followed in the wake of Parklife revealed how much more complex Blur's vision was. Not only was their music precisely detailed -- sound effects and brilliant guitar lines pop up all over the record -- but the melodies elegantly interweaved with the chords, as in the graceful, heartbreaking "Badhead." Surprisingly, Albarn, for all of his cold, dispassionate wit, demonstrates compassion that gives these songs three dimensions, as on the pathos-laden "End of a Century," the melancholy Walker Brothers tribute "To the End," and the swirling, epic closer, "This Is a Low." For all of its celebration of tradition, Parklife is a thoroughly modern record in that it bends genres and is self-referential (the mod anthem of the title track is voiced by none other than Phil Daniels, the star of Quadrophenia). And, by tying the past and the present together, Blur articulated the mid-'90s zeitgeist and produced an epoch-defining record. [Parklife is also available in an import release.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2007
Label:
Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC:
4988006694613
catalogNumber:
8226

Tracks

  1. Girls & Boys
  2. Tracy Jacks
  3. End of a Century
  4. Parklife
  5. Bank Holiday
  6. Badhead
  7. The Debt Collector
  8. Far Out
  9. To the End
  10. London Loves
  11. Trouble in the Message Centre
  12. Clover Over Dover
  13. Magic America
  14. Jubilee
  15. This Is a Low
  16. Lot 105
  17. Girls & Boys

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Phil Daniels   Trombone,Horn,Narrator
Damon Albarn   Synthesizer,Strings,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Recorder,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Vibes
Simon Clarke   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Graham Coxon   Clarinet,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Louise Fuller   Violin
Stephen Hague   Piano
Alex James   Guitar,Vocals,Noise
Roddy Lorimer   Trombone
Ivan McCready   Cello
Leo Payne   Strings
Mark Pharoah   Violin
Chris Pitsillides   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Dave Rowntree   Percussion,Drums,Noise
Laetitia Sadier   Vocals
Tim Sanders   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Street   Keyboards
John Metcalfe   Viola
Christopher Tombling   Strings
Rick Koster   Violin

Technical Credits

Kevin Godley   Director
Stephen Hague   Producer
Stephen Street   Programming,Sound Effects,Producer
John Smith   Producer,Engineer
John Metcalfe   Arranger

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