Blur (Special Edition) by Blur
To celebrate the 21st Anniversary of their debut release, Blur’s eponymous fifth album has now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary producer, Stephen Street. Expanded across two discs, the LP format of the Blur remaster is cut on heavyweight180g audiophile vinyl and is housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork.
1997 saw Blur abandon English character song and look towards left-field American rock for inspiration. Recorded partly in Iceland, Britpop is shunned in favor of abstract experimentalism, abrasive guitars, held together with Damon Albarn’sinstinctive knack for writing memorable tunes. The album features the band’s second UK #1 single, “Beetlebum” and the casually anthemic “Song 2," the latter finally acquiring Blur transatlantic success.
2. Song 2
3. Country Sad Ballad Man
5. On Your Own
6. Theme from Retro
7. You're So Great
8. Death of a Party
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