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Blur to release career-spanning box set full of rarities / Full details

Blur / Blur21 box setBlur are to release an enormous career-spanning 21-disc box set on 30 July 2012.

Released via Parlophone, Blur21: The Box will feature all seven studio albums in double-disc deluxe editions 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.

In addition to this, and exclusive to the box, are four bonus rarities CDs, which together contain a massive 65 previously unreleased tracks. This material includes a wealth of demos and outtakes and includes tracks from the legendary unheard (and aborted) Andy Partridge (XTC) session.

All audio is remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (responsible for The Smiths recent remastering), overseen by producer, Stephen Street who worked with the band on so many of their albums.

Three DVDs are also included, featuring Live at Alexandra Palace 1994 and Live at Wembley ‘The Singles Night’ 1999 and other rarities.

The box set will also feature 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 and a 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.

Blur 21: The Box / Vinyl Edition

The vinyl set

All seven studio albums will also be available individually as two-CD deluxe editions and a vinyl box set will also be available, with six of the seven albums on double-vinyl. This set will also include a download code to access all of the bonus material digitally. (Each of the seven LPs will also be available separately on heavyweight vinyl).

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For a full track-listing and a complete list of all bonus material and rarities see below:

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 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’ 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)

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12 responses to Blur to release career-spanning box set full of rarities / Full details

  1. Steven says:

    this looks just incredible. Not sure it says anywhere, but I think all of these remasters were overseen by Stephen Street. Which is so promising. Wondering if either of the studio versions of CHEMICAL WORLD are the one I am hoping for. I have two versions of “MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH”. The U.S. version and the Japan version. The songs is two different recordings all together between editions. The U.S. version sound much better. I mean, it’s actually sung differently on the Japan version (not a remix). On that hits collection from 2009 or 2010 of whenever it was, it’s entirely different yet again. For me, the U.S. version is the best and hoping for that.

  2. Joao Costa says:

    Amazing news and amazing box…!

  3. Hedley says:

    400 pounds ???

  4. steven says:

    150 pounds on amazon uk… US Buyers, buy from a UK shop like Amazon to save money… my Smiths box was $300 US LESS than my Amazon UK purchase!

  5. Paul Kent says:

    Want. Badly. But I definitely won’t be able to afford it, I’m sure!

  6. Steven C says:

    Hi Paul… I have to ask what I ALWAYS ask of you :) Since I’m American, will the DVDs be completely non-restricted like the Suede and Jesus and Mary Chain ones? Or NTSC? Or PAL? Thanks!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Hi Steven – have put in a request to the record company to try and find out for you. My guess is NTSC all-region but we will see..

  7. Thom says:

    Re: Chemical World. There are three studio versions in circulation.

    1) The standard version as found on the original UK album. Produced by Stephen Street. Also used in the video of the song.
    2) The ‘reworked’ version that was released on one of the two CDs of Chemical World single. Produced by Langer & Winstanley.
    3) The US album version, only found on US copies of Modern Life Is Rubbish. This is actually the original studio full-band demo, and replaced the original at the request of SBK (Blur’s US record label). This is the only place you can find this version. Produced by Blur.

    Given that the albums are following the UK track sequences (i.e. no Popscene on Modern Life, Sing on Leisure instead of I Know etc), I’d say the US version won’t appear on the box – along with five or six other missed songs like their Thurston Moore collaboriation 101%, or their covers of Subsititute and Oliver’s Army.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Interesting. The ‘reworked’ version is clearly on the bonus disc of Modern Life Is Rubbish, but despite there being loads of demos on the rarities disc for that era, Chemical World isn’t one of them… I guess any good ‘complete’ box set isn’t worth its salt if isn’t missing something :)

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  10. Richard John says:

    An amazing collection, but it’s times like this you wish they would have pulled out ALL the stops. There’s some remixes that were done for US licensee SBK that would have been nice on here, especially as they would have been mega rare in the UK. Stuff like the Bang / She’s So High Mindwarp Mutations.

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