54 & 55. Blur – All The People: Blur Live at Hyde Park 02 & 03 July 2009

 

54 & 55. Blur – All The People: Blur Live at Hyde Park 02 & 03 July 2009 (2009)

Disc 1
1. She’s So High
2. Girls & Boys
3. Tracy Jacks
4. There’s No Other Way
5. Jubilee
6. Badhead
7. Beetlebum
8. Out of Time
9. Trimm Trabb
10. Coffee & TV
11. Tender
Disc 2
1. Country House
2. Oily Water
3. Chemical World
4. Sunday Sunday
5. Parklife
6. End of a Century
7. To the End
8. This Is a Low
9. Popscene
10. Advert
11. Song 2
12. Death of a Party
13. For Tomorrow
14. The Universal

Who is/are Blur?

Okay Google, inform me;

“Rock band”

Wow…

Why did you buy this album?

After 2003’s ‘Think Tank‘, and the subsequent tour, Blur went quiet. Five years later, Blur announced they would play a concert in Hyde Park on July 3rd 2009, later adding a second date at that venue, and a preview tour in June.

Being Blur fans, my wife and I went to the final date on this preview tour, at the then Manchester Evening News Arena, two days before they headlined the Glastonbury Festival, and a week before the “homecoming” Hyde Park concerts. When the CDs for the Hyde Park concerts were announced, I noticed the set list was identical to the Manchester Arena show, and ordered them.

What’s it like?

Live! Yay!

Complete sets! Yay!

Near enough identical performances on both nights! Oh…

Had I known that both nights would be so similar, I would only have bought one of these albums, fan or no. They are a nice reminder of the Arena gig we saw, and the next best thing to having a recording of that show, but I really don’t need two live versions of ‘Tender‘ performed 24 hours apart…

Other than that gripe, the shows themselves are really good. The songs seem somehow more energetic and angry than when they were first recorded, and this is no bad thing.

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

They’re not the best live albums around (see BNL’s live output for that), but they do show a band doing what they do best.

I’ve reviewed both the 2nd and 3rd of July in one post, as they are basically the same show twice, but I think the latter holds up better.

Any stand-out tracks?

Parklife‘, with guest vocalist Phil Daniels on both occasions, is terrific, far more angry and energetic than the original album version. ‘Trimm Trabb‘ will never not be a favourite, and ‘Oily Water‘, ‘Chemical World‘, and encore ‘For Tomorrow‘, all from ‘Modern Life…‘, are outstanding.

Notable mentions also go to ‘Popscene‘, ‘Beetlebum‘, and the updated version of ‘Out of Time‘.

Rating out of 10?

8/10. For both nights…

Next up: Blur – Parklive

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