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Blur: The Best Of
Blur - The Best of - cover art.jpg
Greatest hits album by Blur
Released 30 October 2000
Recorded 1990–2000
Genre Britpop, alternative rock, indie rock
Length 77:08 (CD1)
43:38 (CD2)
89:35 (VHS/DVD)
Label Food/Virgin/Parlophone
Producer Stephen Street, William Orbit, Steve Lovell, Steve Power, Ben Hillier
Blur chronology
The 10 Year Limited Edition Anniversary Box Set
(1999)The 10 Year Limited Edition Anniversary Box Set1999
Blur: The Best Of
(2000)
Think Tank
(2003)Think Tank2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[5]
NME 9/10[6]
Pitchfork 8.6/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Robert Christgau A−[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[10]
Wall of Sound 86/100[11]

Blur: The Best Of is a greatest hits compilation album by English Britpop band Blur, first released in late 2000 and is the final Blur album by Food Records. It was released on CD, cassette tape, MiniDisc, double 12" vinyl record, DVD and VHS. The CD album includes 17 of Blur's 23 singles from 1990 to 2000, plus non-single, "This Is a Low". A special edition of the CD version included a live CD. The DVD/VHS version contains the videos of Blur's first 22 singles. The tracks 'Beetlebum' and 'Song 2' appears in the same order and tracklist of Blur (1997) where it originally appeared. The album, which has had enduring sales, hit number 3 in the band's native UK in the autumn of 2000, while denting the US charts at number 186. The cover is by artist Julian Opie. The painting of this Blur album can be found at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. The album's cover bears some similarity to that of Queen's 1982 Hot Space.

The album received a positive critical response. Of the reviews collected from notable publications by popular review aggregator website Metacritic, the album holds an overall approval rating of 88%.[1]

On the chart ending 7 March 2009, it was reported by Music Week that the album passed over one million unit sales in the United Kingdom.

A proposed title for the album was Best Blur Album in the World Ever,[12] in reference to the compilation album series The Best... Album in the World...Ever! (which often contained songs by Blur).

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

All tracks written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree.

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Beetlebum" Blur, 1997 5:05
2. "Song 2" Blur 2:02
3. "There's No Other Way" (Edited version) Leisure, 1991 3:14
4. "The Universal" The Great Escape, 1995 4:00
5. "Coffee & TV" (Single edit) 13, 1999 5:18
6. "Parklife" Parklife, 1994 3:07
7. "End of a Century" Parklife 2:47
8. "No Distance Left to Run" 13 3:26
9. "Tender" 13 7:41
10. "Girls & Boys" (Single edit) Parklife 4:18
11. "Charmless Man" The Great Escape 3:33
12. "She's So High" (Edited version) Leisure 3:49
13. "Country House" The Great Escape 3:57
14. "To the End" (Edited version) Parklife 3:51
15. "On Your Own" Blur 4:27
16. "This Is a Low" (Not released as a single) Parklife 5:02
17. "For Tomorrow" (Visit to Primrose Hill extended version) Original, shorter version on Modern Life is Rubbish, 1993 6:02
18. "Music Is My Radar" Previously unreleased, 2000 5:29

Disc two (Limited Edition)[edit]

Recorded live at Wembley Arena, 11 December 1999.

  1. "She's So High" – 5:24
  2. "Girls & Boys" – 4:21
  3. "To the End" – 4:08
  4. "End of a Century" – 3:00
  5. "Stereotypes" – 3:27
  6. "Charmless Man" – 3:31
  7. "Beetlebum" – 6:09
  8. "M.O.R." – 3:09
  9. "Tender" – 6:20
  10. "No Distance Left to Run" – 4:09

VHS/DVD[edit]

  1. "She's So High"
  2. "There's No Other Way"
  3. "Bang"
  4. "Popscene"
  5. "For Tomorrow"
  6. "Chemical World"
  7. "Sunday Sunday"
  8. "Girls & Boys"
  9. "Parklife"
  10. "To the End"
  11. "End of a Century"
  12. "Country House"
  13. "The Universal"
  14. "Stereotypes"
  15. "Charmless Man"
  16. "Beetlebum"
  17. "Song 2"
  18. "On Your Own"
  19. "M.O.R."
  20. "Tender"
  21. "Coffee & TV"
  22. "No Distance Left to Run"

Both the CDs and the DVD were released as a box set in the United States in November 2007, but this release has since been removed from distribution.[13]

Personnel[edit]

Blur
with
  • 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
  • Jeremy Plumb – Art Direction, Design
  • Steve Power – Producer
  • Iain Roberton – Assistant Engineer
  • Andy Ross – Engineer
  • John Smith – Producer, Engineer
  • Sean Spuehler – Programming
  • Stephen Street – Producer, Engineer
  • Greg Williams – Photography

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Blur: The Best Of at AllMusic
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  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Brunner, Rob (1 December 2000). "The Best of Blur". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Sutherland, Steve (October 2000). "Blur: The Best of Blur". NME. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Juzwiak, Richard M. (21 November 2000). "Blur: The Best of Blur". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Best of Blur". Q: p.120. Nov 2000. 
  9. ^ "Blur". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City: Simon and Schuster. p. 89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ "Blur: The Best of Blur". Archived from the original on 24 January 2001. Retrieved 24 January 2001. 
  12. ^ "Blur: The Best Of – album info". Vblurpage.com. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Amazon.com details for "Blur: The Best Of"
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  22. ^ "ブラーのCDアルバムランキング" [Blur – best-selling album ranking on the Oricon]. oricon.co.jp. Oricon Style. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "New Zealand chart positions". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Norwegian chart positions". norwegiancharts.com. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Swedish chart positions". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
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