I need to break out some NO hits, and a Specials disc, for the kids' terms of reference.
― Mark G, Friday, 24 February 2012 12:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
No surprises to see that 'This Is A Low' was up there in this poll, it's always been somewhat of a fan favourite, although it wouldn't even make my Blur Top 20.
― Turrican, Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
― piscesx, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
and furthermore.. 4 CDs of Blur rarities:
Gathering together a massive 65 previously unreleased tracks (in all over 3 ½ 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.
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 Clever10. 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 1999) *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’ Time18. Fool's Day19. Track tbc* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
― piscesx, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
Andy Partridge versions of Modern Life.. tracks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
― piscesx, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
So amazing. I never did get their first box set...
― she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
actually just came
― Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
Damn. There goes my music budget for the year.
― EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
and eeewwww at Autumn Almanac.
a CD quality version of the Trouble In The Message Centre demo is worth the price of purchase alone; that demo is one of the best things they ever did IMO. also the demo of To The End had Justine on i think. maybe that's why it's missing :/
― piscesx, Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
although that Wembley gig would be NO FAN's idea of one of only 2 gig DVDs to release on a 158 quid box set.
― piscesx, Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 06:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
So, each of the box sets are £158
The Vinyl editions are £22 each
The expanded CDs are £15
― Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 08:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
oh man... £158 though?
― Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
I know. So, for 4 Cds of 'interest', and 2 or 3 DVDs of mmm, you have to buy all their albums again?
Oh, and a book too.
― Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
As an XTC fan, and out of everything in this box set, I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the aborted Andy Partridge Modern Life Is Rubbish sessions. It'll be great to hear for once and for all why they were junked!
― The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
Fan club single 'Close' appears to be missing. The only other thing I could nag about would be a desire to hear the early samba/calypso version of 'The Universal' and I'm sure I recall reading about more 'Think Tank' outtakes with titles like 'Chicken & Fries' and 'Saturday'. Shortly after the album came out there was some talk of an EP containing these leftovers.
― Morrissey & Clunes: The Severed Alliance (PaulTMA), Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
― piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 09:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Remastered box set has been done proper according to Stephen Street who says this in Record Collector
".. EMI were planning to use the 90's production Emasters
― piscesx, Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:08 (11 months ago) Permalink
".. EMI were planning to use the 90's production EQ masters, but i wanted to make sure it was done right.. we had to go through the 1/2 inch tape archives finding the right takes.. there was quite a bit of detective work"
It's all being remastered by Street, and the same dude at Abbey Road (Frank Arkwright) who did The Smiths' box. can't wait for these.
― piscesx, Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:12 (11 months ago) Permalink
Emasters -- when you want your tape mastered electronically.
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:13 (11 months ago) Permalink
new songs here, starting at 6.15 uk time.
― piscesx, Monday, 2 July 2012 17:02 (10 months ago) Permalink
― she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Monday, 2 July 2012 17:03 (10 months ago) Permalink
Didn't vote in this, basically ignored the band when they were around, found all signature hits annoying right away or soon enough--the only album I have is Blur, and "You're So Great" is the only song I liked. But I bought a very cheap double-compilation two days ago, and I think I've played "Out of Time" 12 or 15 times already. Such a beautiful, beautiful song. (Thought the great video up on YouTube was user-made, until I read otherwise.)
― clemenza, Thursday, 28 March 2013 22:40 (1 month ago) Permalink
― the company of wome (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 29 March 2013 08:20 (1 month ago) Permalink