25 Songs, 2 Hours 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded live at Hyde Park on Aug. 12, 2012—during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics—Parklive features the superstar Britpop group running through highlights from its entire career, with an emphasis on 1994's Parklife. Seven of the concert's songs hail from Parklife; judging from audience reaction, it's a clear fan fave. The crowd sings along with "Girls & Boys" with the sort of enthusiasm American audiences bring to a Bruce Springsteen show. Blur also includes the recent single "Under the Westway," airs the obscure "Chemical World" b-side "Young and Lovely," and performs Think Tank's "Out of Time" with a low-key introspection that sounds remarkably subtle in contrast to the audience's spirited reaction. English actor Phil Daniels comes out for his part in "Parklife," while "Sing" (from Blur's debut album, Leisure) sends the group back to its beginnings. There's stage talk about the members' children, and the once young and puckish band has clearly come to terms with its senior status without losing its sense of musical urgency.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded live at Hyde Park on Aug. 12, 2012—during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics—Parklive features the superstar Britpop group running through highlights from its entire career, with an emphasis on 1994's Parklife. Seven of the concert's songs hail from Parklife; judging from audience reaction, it's a clear fan fave. The crowd sings along with "Girls & Boys" with the sort of enthusiasm American audiences bring to a Bruce Springsteen show. Blur also includes the recent single "Under the Westway," airs the obscure "Chemical World" b-side "Young and Lovely," and performs Think Tank's "Out of Time" with a low-key introspection that sounds remarkably subtle in contrast to the audience's spirited reaction. English actor Phil Daniels comes out for his part in "Parklife," while "Sing" (from Blur's debut album, Leisure) sends the group back to its beginnings. There's stage talk about the members' children, and the once young and puckish band has clearly come to terms with its senior status without losing its sense of musical urgency.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

SoundswordReviews ,

Kings of Britp-oh, you get it already.

This is a great concert. Its a great performance and Blur has proven that they are the quintessential british band for the years to come and deserve a spot on the throne with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
As for the concert itself, i have but one problem... Caramel. Its a great performance. Its beautiful and recalls the album verson nearly identical. But after such a somber and sobering tune comes Albarn declaring, "......so!" before going into a raucously joyful rendition of Sunday Sunday. This change of tone feels quite drastic and i personally think Caramel should have been saved for the disc two area of the concert. It also doesnt help that No Distance feels a little bit buoyant. Its as if they are too happy to play such a dour tune at the point theyre playing it. I still prefer All the People... for its slightly more in focus setlist even though this is the better one. Still, a great concert is a great concert and these guys have my money.

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