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[STRAIGHT TO PRINT] BLUR 21: THE BOX

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Friday, 20 April 2012

Twenty-one years since the release of their debut album, Leisure, in 1991 and due to popular demand, Blur's body of work has been personally compiled by the band and gathered together in one box, due for release by Parlophone on 30th July 2012 (31st July in North America).
 
All seven studio albums are collected with over 5½ hours of unreleased material including 65 previously unreleased tracks and more than twice as many rarities, 3 DVDs, a collector's edition book featuring rare and unseen photos and a new and exclusive interview with the band,  and a special limited edition 7-inch vinyl featuring a track recorded under the band's original name, Seymour. The box will also include a digital download code for the albums and all bonus material.
 
The collection – which sees the first 5 albums re-mastered by Frank Arkwright in Abbey Road Studios – has been fully overseen by Graham Coxon and producer Stephen Street.
 
Highlights of the box include early versions of tracks recorded for Leisure, bare bones early demos of the classic singles 'For Tomorrow' and 'Beetlebum', previously unheard songs 'Saturday Morning' and 'Hope You Find Your Suburbs' and never released sessions with Bill Laswell and the legendary session with XTC's Andy Partridge. Other rarities are 'Don't Bomb When You're The Bomb', 'The Wassailling Song' and 'Fools Day' which appear on CD for the first time. DVD material includes Live at Alexandra Palace 1994 and Live at Wembley 'The Singles Night' 1999.
 
In addition to the 21-disc Deluxe Box Set, all 7 studio albums will be available individually, each with a second disc of b-sides, previously hard-to-find tracks and exclusive bonus material.
 
A vinyl box set will also be available, with six of the seven albums on double-vinyl, highlighting iconic artwork and visuals from Banksy, David Shrigley and Graham Coxon among others. The vinyl box set will include a download code to access all of the bonus material digitally. Each of the 7 LPs will also be available separately on heavyweight vinyl.
 
Blur's 7 studio albums are: Leisure (1991), Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999) and Think Tank (2003).

CD Album x 18 units + DVD x 3 units + 7'' Single

CD1 – LEISURE REMASTERED:


1. She's So High 

2. Bang

3. Slow Down 

4. Repetition

5. Bad Day 

6. Sing 

7. There's No Other Way

8. Fool 

9. Come Together 

10. High Cool

11. Birthday 

12. Wear Me Down

CD2 – LEISURE BONUS MATERIAL:


1. I Know (Extended Mix)

2. Down 

3. There's No Other Way (Extended Version) 

4. Inertia 

5. Mr Briggs 

6. I'm All Over 

7. Won't Do It 

8. Day Upon Day (Live) 

9. There's No Other Way (Blur Remix)

10. Bang (Extended Version) 

11. Explain 

12. Luminous 

13. Berserk 

14. Uncle Love 

15. I Love Her (Demo Version) (Fan Club Single)

16. Close (Fan Club Single)

CD3 – MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH REMASTERED:


1. For Tomorrow 

2. Advert 

3. Colin Zeal 

4. Pressure On Julian 

5. Star Shaped 

6. Blue Jeans 

7. Chemical World 

8. Intermission

9. Sunday Sunday 

10. Oily Water

11. Miss America 

12. Villa Rosie 

13. Coping 

14. Turn It Up 

15. Resigned 

16. Commercial Break

CD4 – MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH BONUS MATERIAL:


1. Popscene

2. Mace

3. Badgeman Brown 

4. I'm Fine

5. Garden Central 

6. For Tomorrow (Visit to Primrose Hill Extended Version)

7. Into Another 

8. Peach

9. Bone Bag 

10. Hanging Over

11. When the Cows Come Home 

12. Beachcoma

13. Chemical World (Reworked)

14. Es Schmecht

15. Young and Lovely 

16. Maggie May 

17. My Ark 

18. Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Made for Two)

19. Let's All Go Down the Strand

CD5 – PARKLIFE REMASTERED:


1. Girls and Boys 

2. Tracy Jacks 

3. End of a Century

4. Parklife 

5. Bank Holiday

6. Bad Head

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

CD6 – PARKLIFE BONUS MATERIAL:


1. Magpie

2. Anniversary Waltz 

3. People in Europe 

4. Peter Panic

5. Girls and Boys (Pet Shop Boys 12'' Remix)

6. Threadneedle Street

7. Got Yer! 

8. Beard 

9. To The End (French Version) 

10. Supa Shoppa

11. Theme From An Imaginary Film

12. Red Necks

13. Alex's Song 

14. Jubilee (Acoustic) (BBC Radio 1 Session, 1994) *

15. Parklife (Acoustic) (BBC Radio 1 Session, 1994) *

16. End Of A Century (Cadena 40 Principales Acoustic Version)
*
PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD7 – THE GREAT ESCAPE REMASTERED:


1. Stereotypes 

2. Country House 

3. Best Days 

4. Charmless Man 

5. Fade Away 

6. Top Man

7. The Universal 

8. Mr Robinson's Quango

9. He Thought of Cars

10. It Could Be You

11. Ernold Same 

12. Globe Alone

13. Dan Abnormal 

14. Entertain Me 

15. Yuko and Hiro

CD8 – THE GREAT ESCAPE BONUS MATERIAL:


1. One Born Every Minute

2. To the End (La Comedie) (Feat. Francoise Hardy)

3. Ultranol 

4. No Monsters in Me 

5. Entertain Me (Live It!) (Remix) 

6. The Man Who Left Himself 

7. Tame 

8. Ludwig 

9. The Horrors 

10. A Song 

11. St Louis

12. Country House (Live at Mile End)

13. Girls and Boys (Live at Mile End)

14. Parklife (Live at Mile End)

15. For Tomorrow (Live at Mile End) 

16. Charmless Man (Live At The Budokan)

17. Chemical World (Live At The Budokan) 

18. Eine Kleine Lift Musik

CD9 – BLUR REMASTERED:


1. Beetlebum 

2. Song 2

3. Country Sad Ballad Man

4. M.O.R. 

5. On Your Own 

6. Theme from Retro 

7. You're So Great 

8. Death of a Party 

9. Chinese Bombs 

10. I'm Just a Killer for Your Love

11. Look Inside America 

12. Strange News from Another Star 

13. Movin' On 

14. Essex Dogs

CD10 – BLUR BONUS MATERIAL:


1. All Your Life

2. A Spell (For Money)

3. Woodpigeon Song 

4. Dancehall

5. Get Out of Cities 

6. Polished Stone 

7. Bustin' + Dronin' 

8. M.O.R. (Road Version)

9. Swallows in the Heatwave 

10. Death Of A Party (7'' Remix)

11. Cowboy Song 

12. Beetlebum (Live Acoustic Version)

13. On Your Own (Live Acoustic Version)

14. Country Sad Ballad Man (Live Acoustic Version)

15. This Is A Low (Live Acoustic Version)

16. M.O.R. (Live In Utrecht)

17. Death Of A Party (Live In Utrecht)

18. Song 2 (Live In Utrecht)

CD11 – 13:


1. Tender

2. Bugman

3. Coffee and TV 

4. Swamp Song 

5. 1992

6. B.L.U.R.E.M.I

7. Battle 

8. Mellow Song

9. Trailerpark 

10. Caramel

11. Trimm Trabb
12. No Distance Left to Run 

13. Optigan I

CD12 – 13 BONUS MATERIAL:


1. French Song

2. All We Want 

3. Mellow Jam

4. X-Offender (Damon/Control Freak's Bugman Remix)

5. Coyote (Dave's Bugman Remix)

6. Trade Stylee (Alex's Bugman Remix)

7. Metal Hip Slop (Graham's Bugman Remix)

8. So You

9. Beagle 2 

10. Tender (Cornelius Remix) 

11. Far Out (Beagle 2 Remix)

12. I Got Law (Demo)

13. Music Is My Radar
14. Black Book

CD13 – THINK TANK:


1. Ambulance

2. Out of Time

3. Crazy Beat 

4. Good Song

5. On the Way to the Club

6. Brothers and Sisters

7. Caravan

8. We've Got a File On You

9. Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club 

10. Sweet Song

11. Jets 

12. Gene By Gene 

13. Battery in Your Leg 

14. Me, White Noise (Hidden Track)

CD14 – THINK TANK BONUS MATERIAL:


1. Money Makes Me Crazy (Marrakech Mix)

2. Tune 2 

3. The Outsider

4. Don't Be 

5. Morricone 

6. Me, White Noise (Alternate Version)

7. Some Glad Morning (Fan Club Single)

8. Don't Be (Acoustic mix)

9. Sweet Song (demo)

10. Caravan (XFM Session, October 2003) *

11. End Of A Century (XFM Session, October 2003) *

12. Good Song (XFM Session, October 2003) *

13. Out Of Time (XFM Session, October 2003) *

14. Tender (XFM Session, October 2003) *

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD15 – RARITIES 1 (SEYMOUR & LEISURE ERA):


1. Dizzy (Seymour Rehearsal & Demo)

2. Mixed Up (Seymour Rehearsal & Demo)

3. Birthday (Seymour Demo) *

4. Sing (To Me) (Sing Demo) (Fan Club Single)

5. Fool (Seymour 4-Track Demo) *

6. She’s So High (Seymour Rehearsal) *

7. Won’t Do It (Demo) (Fan Club Single)

8. I Know (Falconer Studio Demo) *

9. Repetition (Falconer Studio Demo) *

10. High Cool (7” Master) *

11. Always (I’m Fine Early Version) *

12. Come Together (Demo) (Fan Club Single)

13. I’m All Over (Demo) *

14. Wear Me Down (Demo) * 

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD16 – RARITIES 2 (MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH ERA):

1. I Love Her (Alt Version) *

2. Popscene (1991 Demo) *

3. Beached Whale (4-Track Demo) *

4. Death Of A Party (Demo) (Fan Club Single)

5. Pap Pop (4-Track Demo) *

6. Pressure On Julian (Demo) *

7. Colin Zeal (Demo) *

8. Sunday Sunday (Demo) *

9. Never Clever

10. Advert (Demo) *

11. Star Shaped (Demo) *

12. She Don’t Mind (Blue Jeans demo) *

13. Coping (Andy Partridge version) *

14. Sunday Sleep (Sunday Sunday Andy Partridge Version) *

15. 7 Days (Andy Partridge Version) *

16. Kazoo (Turn It Up Early Version) *

17. The Wassailing Song (The 7” Giveaway at Hibernian Club, Fulham) 

18. When The Cows Come Home (demo) * 

19. For Tomorrow (Mix 1 – Early Demo) *

20. Magpie (Early Demo) *

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD17 – RARITIES 3 (PARKLIFE & THE GREAT ESCAPE ERA):
1. Parklife (Demo) *

2. Clover Over Dover (Demo) *

3. Jubilee (Demo) *

4. One A Minute (One Born Every Minute Demo) *

5. Badhead (Demo) *

6. Far Out (Electric Version) *

7. The Debt Collector (Demo) *

8. Trouble In The Message Centre (Demo) *

9. Rednecks (Take 1) *

10. Rednecks (Take 2) *

11. Alex’s Song (Demo) * 

12. Cross Channel Love (Home Demo) *

13. Ernold Same (Demo) *

14. Saturday Morning (Demo) *

15. Hope You Find Your Suburb (A.K.A. Eine Kleine Lift Musik Vocal Demo) *

16. Rico (Fade Away Demo) *

17. Bored House Wives (Entertain Me Early Version) *

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD18 – RARITIES 4 (BLUR, 13, BEST OF & THINK TANK ERA):
1. Beetlebum (Demo) *

2. On Your Own (Mario Caldato Jr Mix) *

3. Woodpigeon Song (Original Full Length) *

4. Battle (Jam, Mayfair Studios 11 August 1998) *

5. Caramel (Ambient Version) *

6. So You (Alternative Version) *

7. Squeezebox (Music Is My Radar Alternative Version) *

8. Jawbone (Black Book Alternative Version) *

9. “1” (Bill Laswell Session, 2000) *

10. “3” (Bill Laswell Session, 2000) *

11. Sir Elton John’s Cock *

12. Avoid The Traffic *

13. Money Makes Me Crazy (Deepest Darkest Devon Mix)

14. Don't Bomb When You’re The Bomb *

15. Nutter * 

16. Piano *

17. Kissin’ Time

18. Fool's Day

19. Track tbc 

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DVD1 – SHOWTIME: LIVE AT ALEXANDRA PALACE, 7 OCTOBER 1994:

1. Lot 105 

2. Sunday Sunday

3. Jubilee

4. Tracy Jacks

5. Magic America 

6. End Of A Century 

7. Popscene

8. Trouble In The Message Centre 

9. She's So High

10. Chemical World 

11. Bad Head 

12. There's No Other Way 

13. To The End 

14. Advert 

15. Supa Shoppa 

16. Mr Robinson's Quango 

17. Parklife

18. Girls And Boys 

19. Bank Holiday

20. This Is A Low

DVD2 – THE SINGLES NIGHT – LIVE AT WEMBLEY, 11 DECEMBER 1999:


1. I Know *

2. She's So High *

3. There's No Other Way *

4. Popscene *

5. For Tomorrow *

6. Chemical World *

7. Girls And Boys *

8. To The End *

9. Parklife (With Phil Daniels) *

10. End Of A Century *

11. Country House *

12. The Universal *

13. Charmless Man *

14. Beetlebum *

15. Song 2 *

16. On Your Own *

17. M.O.R. *

18. Tender *

19. Coffee & TV *

20. No Distance Left To Run *
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DVD3 – RARITIES:


1. B.L.U.R.E.M.I (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999) *
2. No Distance Left To Run (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999)

3. Tender (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999)

4. Battle (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999)

5. Beetlebum (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999) *

6. Bugman (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999) * 

7. Trimm Trabb (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999) * 
8. Mellow Song (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999) * 
9. Song 2 (Live 13 at London Depot, 10 March 1999) * 

10. Seymour: Dizzy *

11. There’s No Other Way (BBC Eggs & Baker) (Blur's 1st TV Performance) *

12. To The End (La Comedie) Feat. Francoise Hardy (French Promo Video)

13. It Could Be You (Japanese Promo Video) *

14. Music Is My Radar (Promo Video)

15. Out Of Time (Promo Video)

16. Crazy Beat (Promo Video)

17. Good Song (Promo Video)
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

7'' SINGLE (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED):
1. Superman (Recorded December 1989 at The Square in Harlow, Essex)

BOX INFO:

Blur 21: The Box
is the ultimate and definitive anthology of Blur’s incredible career. Spanning 21-discs and including over 5.5 hours of previously unreleased material, Blur 21: The Box collects together the remastered and expanded editions of all the albums, four discs of Blur rarities, three DVDs of live performances and rarities, a collectable 7’’ single and a hard-bound book – all housed in a super-deluxe material-covered box. Each box will also include a code to download all the audio contents as high-quality mp3s. Contents include:

Remastered and expanded studio albums:
Blur’s first five studio albums have now been remastered and expanded from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary producer, Stephen Street. All seven albums come with an accompanying disc of bonus material, in all covering a wealth of b-sides, little-heard gems, alternative mixes, live tracks, demos, rare tracks, acoustic versions, Fan Club singles and previously unreleased radio sessions.

4 CDs of Blur rarities:
Gathering together a massive 65 previously unreleased tracks (in all over 3.5 hours of previously unreleased material) the four rarities CDs exclusive to The Blur Box are a treasure-trove of tracks selected from the Blur vault and band member’s own archives. The rarities discs start with Seymour (Blur’s previous band name) demos and rehearsals showing the track writing process of early Blur songs, as well as the earliest known recordings of many other Blur classics. Continuing chronologically into the Modern Life Is Rubbish era, CD two of the rarities includes demos of tracks that never went on to be fully recorded and have remained unheard to this day ("Beached Whale" and "Pap Pop") and the aborted Andy Partridge (XTC) session, recorded for Modern Life Is Rubbish before the band returned to the producer of their debut record, Stephen Street. CD three of the rarities covers the Parklife and The Great Escape era, bringing together more demo versions, a snap-shot of a band enjoying themselves in the studio with the two takes of "Rednecks," the Alex James penned "Alex’s Song" now returned to its intended speed, the never fully recorded or released "Cross Channel" and the vocal version of previously instrumental "Eine Kleine Lift Musik," entitled here as "Hope You Find Your Suburb." The fourth and final CD of Blur rarities covers the remainder of the band’s career, presenting for the first time a jam from Mayfair Studios of the track "Battle," a Bill Laswell session at Sarm Studios (which gives the first indication of the direction Damon would later take with Gorillaz), the infamously named "Sir Elton John’s Cock," other never-developed session recordings and a collection of later non-album released Blur tracks.

3 DVDs of live performances and rarities:

The 3-DVD set (exclusive to the Blur Box) collects together Showtime, the classic "Parklife" era live show (complete with frilly lampshades on stage) from Alexandra Palace on 7th October 1994, the previously unreleased 1.5 hour long Singles Night show from Wembley on 11th December 1999 and an entire DVD of Blur video rarities, which include a band-made video for the Seymour track "Dizzy," Blur’s first ever TV performance on BBC Eggs & Baker, a recording of Blur and Francoise Hardy performing "To The End" in Abbey Road’s Studio 2 (previously unreleased outside of France) and the Japanese promo for "It Could Be You."

Collectable 7’’ Single:

A 7" single of the previously unreleased Seymour track "Superman" (recorded in December 1989 at The Square in Harlow, Essex), housed in an Food Records replica bag.

Hard-bound Blur book:

High-quality hard-back book charting the history of Blur with extensive liner notes based on a brand new interview with the band and previously unseen photos from throughout the band’s career.

Artist:

www.blur.co.uk/
www.myspace.com/blur
www.facebook.com/blur
www.twitter.com/#!/blurmusic

Album:

The Blur 21 box set will be released on EMI/Parlophone on July 31, 2012. Pre-order on Amazon is not yet available, so stay tuned!

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