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Blur - Special Collectors Edition (Japan) (1994) Retail CD
This album is an excellent retrospective of a band at the height of their artistic (rather than commercial) peak. From the My Bloody Valentine fixated period of songs like 'Luminous' and 'Hanging Over'- all swirly guitars ending in repetitive feedback, through to the more familiar 'la la la' elements of Britpop in 'Threadneedle Street'. Rather than being a mere b-sides album, this edition is like an alternative early history of Blur, perfectly complementing 'Leisure', 'Modern Life is Rubbish' and 'Parklife'.There is an experimental nature to some of the songs (like most b-sides), especially inmore… 'Badgeman Brown' amd 'Es Schmecht'. On 'Got Yer!' Damon's mockney ramblings seem a little embarrassing - the track obviously being a precursor to 'Essex Dogs' and indeed 'Ernold Same'. The instrumental tracks are interesting. I'd love to know what Damon's then girlfriend Justine Frischmann thought of 'Anniversary Waltz', given her supposed hatred of German music. The only disappointing track is 'Beard', a pseudo-jazz effort uncharacteristic of Blur, and I could have done without the Japanese fans rendition of 'Bank Holiday'.But this album represents everything that was good about Britpop. Graham's guitar work on tracks like 'Inertia' sounding like a beefier, distorted Johnny Marr and Damon is on fine form throughout, except on ' Maggie May',(Blur's only cover to date)where he clearly struggles with the high notes!This is how Britpop should be remembered though. Not your Liam swaggers, Weller ballads, or Suede dandy-isms. Just cracking songs and innovative, exciting music made by four brilliant musicians with turned up Levis who pretended to be from Camden. Two years after this album Blur had moved on musically (and geographically) but this is an essential purchase for everyone who thinks 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' remains their best album.As Damon sings on 'Theme From An Imaginary Film': "Oh shame it's over/its been such fun and we had a ball".No truer words were said.
- Blur - Special Collectors Edition (Japan) (1994) Retail CD
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