56. Blur – Parklive

Blur - Parklive

56. Blur – Parklive (2012)

Disc 1
1. Girls & Boys
2. London Loves
3. Tracy Jacks
4. Jubilee
5. Beetlebum
6. Coffee & TV
7. Out of Time
8. Young and Lovely
9. Trimm Trabb
10. Caramel
11. Sunday Sunday
12. Country House
13. Parklife (featuring Phil Daniels)
Disc 2
1. Colin Zeal
2. Popscene
3. Advert
4. Song 2
5. No Distance Left to Run
6. Tender
7. This Is a Low
8. Sing
9. Under the Westway / Commercial Break
10. End of a Century
11. For Tomorrow
12. The Universal
Disc 3
1. Under the Westway (Live from 13 – Matt Butcher mix)
2. The Puritan (Live from 13 – Matt Butcher mix)
3. Mr Briggs (BBC Maida Vale session)
4. Colin Zeal (Live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 06.09.2012)
5. Young and Lovely (Live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 06.09.2012)

 

Who is/are Blur?

I think we’ve established this by now…

Why did you buy this album?

My wife and I are Blur fans. This was a new Blur album with new material. It got bought.

What’s it like?

Back in 2012, London hosted a little event called the 2012 Summer Olympics. Blur, as part of the closing celebrations, played a show back in Hyde Park as a companion concert to the official closing ceremony. This 3 CD set includes that entire show across 2 discs, along with a third CD of new songs (‘Under the Westway‘ and ‘The Puritan‘), a couple of B-sides (‘Mr Briggs‘ and ‘Young and Lovely‘), and a performance of ‘Colin Zeal‘.

The show itself is good, with a thankfully different set list than the previous live albums, and, thanks to Damon Albarn’s comments throughout, gives a great snapshot of the feeling in London during the Olympics that year.

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

Had I listened to this independently of the previous live albums, I’d have loved it. As it is, I’m a bit fatigued by live Blur, and miss the studio sound.

Any stand-out tracks?

At last, ‘Caramel‘ from ‘13‘ makes a live appearance, and it’s great, as are ‘Trimm Trabb‘, ‘Out of Time‘, ‘Sing‘, and ‘For Tomorrow‘.

The new song ‘Under the Westway‘ is also really good, with ‘Young and Lovely‘ also worthy of note.

Rating out of 10?

8/10.

Next up: Blur – The Magic Whip

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