Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

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Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur
Greatest hits album by Blur
Released 15 June 2009 (UK)[1]
28 July 2009 (US)[2]
Recorded 1990 – 1998 ; 2002
Genre Britpop, alternative rock
Length 107:46
Label EMI
Producer Stephen Street, William Orbit, Ben Hillier, Steve Lovell, Steve Power
Blur chronology
Think Tank
(2003)
Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur
(2009)
All the People... Blur: Live at Hyde Park
(2009)
Damon Albarn chronology
Journey to the West
(2008)
Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur
(2009)
All the People: Blur Live at Hyde Park
(2009)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (86/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Digital Spy 5/5 stars[5]
musicOMH 5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (9.4/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Uncut 5/5 stars[9]

Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur is a two-disc compilation album by Blur, released by EMI Records on 15 June 2009 (2009-06-15). Designed as a sampler for casual listeners, and with a greater focus on the band's career highlights rather than their hit singles, it is Blur's second retrospective collection, succeeding 2000's Blur: The Best Of and coincides with the band's 2009 reunion performances.[10]

Background[edit]

Spanning the breadth of Blur's recorded history from its inception, Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur features a larger sampling of material from 1993's Modern Life Is Rubbish (including the single-only "Popscene" from the same era) than on Blur: The Best Of, in addition to material from 2003's Think Tank, Blur's most recent studio release.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Blur, except Out of Time and Good Song written by Albarn/James/Rowntree.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Beetlebum" (from Blur) – 5:04
  2. "Girls & Boys" [Single Edit] (from Parklife) – 4:19
  3. "For Tomorrow" [Visit to Primrose Hill Extended Version] (from Modern Life Is Rubbish) – 6:00
  4. "Coffee & TV" [Single Edit] (from 13) – 5:19
  5. "Out of Time" (from Think Tank) – 3:52
  6. "Blue Jeans" (from Modern Life Is Rubbish) – 3:53
  7. "Song 2" (from Blur) – 2:02
  8. "Bugman" (from 13) – 4:51
  9. "He Thought of Cars" (from The Great Escape) – 4:16
  10. "Death of a Party" [7" Remix] (from Blur) – 4:15
  11. "The Universal" (from The Great Escape) – 3:59
  12. "Sing" (from Leisure) – 6:01
  13. "This Is a Low" (From Parklife) – 5:00

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Tender" (from 13) – 7:42
  2. "She's So High" [7" Edit] (from Leisure) – 3:50
  3. "Chemical World" [Single Edit] (from Modern Life Is Rubbish) – 3:53
  4. "Good Song" (from Think Tank) – 3:06
  5. "Parklife" (From Parklife) – 3:07
  6. "Advert" (from Modern Life Is Rubbish) – 3:44
  7. "Popscene" (from Popscene single) – 3:15
  8. "Stereotypes" (from The Great Escape) – 3:11
  9. "Trimm Trabb" (from 13) – 5:37
  10. "Badhead" (From Parklife) – 3:28
  11. "Strange News from Another Star" (from Blur) – 4:03
  12. "Battery in Your Leg" (from Think Tank) – 3:20

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Other personnel[edit]

  • Blur – Producer
  • Jack Clark – Mixing Assistant
  • Al Clay – Mixing
  • Jason Cox – Engineer
  • Tom Girling – Assistant Producer
  • Stephen Hague – Producer, Engineer
  • Ben Hillier – Producer, Mixing
  • Jeff Knowler – Assistant Engineer
  • Damian leGassick – Programming
  • Steve Lovell – Producer
  • Gerard Navarro – Assistant Engineer
  • William Orbit – Producer, Engineer
  • James Oliver – Design
  • Steve Power – Producer
  • Iain Roberton – Assistant Engineer
  • Andy Ross – Engineer
  • John Smith – Producer, Engineer
  • Sean Spuehler – Programming
  • Stephen Street – Producer, Engineer

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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