The Great Escape is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Blur, released on 11 September 1995 on Food and Virgin Records. The album received near-universal acclaim from critics on release and reached number one in the UK Albums Chart. It was the band's first record to crack the US charts, reaching number 150. Less than a year after the album was released, it was certified triple platinum in the UK.
Engineer – John Smith (4)Engineer – Julia Gardner, Tom GirlingProducer – Stephen Street.
Blur is the eponymous fifth studio album by the English rock band of the same name, released on 10 February 1997 by Food Records. Blur had previously been broadly critical of American popular culture and their previous albums had become associated with the Britpop movement, particularly Parklife, which had helped them become one of Britain's leading pop acts. After their previous album, The Great Escape, the band faced media backlash and relationships between the members became strained.
13 is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Blur, released on 15 March 1999. Jettisoning the Britpop sound of Blur's early career, 13 explores experimental, psychedelic and electronic music. Recording took place from June to October 1998 in London and Reykjavík. The album marks a departure of the band's longtime producer, Stephen Street, with his role being filled by William Orbit.
The runt of Blur's litter turns out to be a sturdy beast when you look more closely – Shed Seven could never have done it. Marc Burrows. Even the band didn't seem to like it – once they moved on to to the noisier fare of 1997's Blur album, Country House was banished from the live set, much to the relief of Graham Coxon who'd been attempting to "turn it into thrash metal" on a nightly basis. It's worth another look, though. Far from being a knocked-out knees-up, Country House is deceptively complex and completely bonkers.
Blur got an erstwhile victory when "Country House" reached ("Roll With it" only reached in the UK charts, but Oasis' album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? proved to be a much bigger success than The Great Escape. The single's cover is a picture of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. The line, "He's got morning glory, and life's a different story" is often believed to be directed to Oasis, but the song was recorded before Oasis finished, let alone released their album. Angela from London, EnglandThe song is actually about Blur's ex Manager Dave Balfe after he moved to Barton Le Clay (near Luton, Bedfordshire) to take up residence in the old manor house there. Incidentally, Balfe did used to play in Julian Cope's old band the Teardrop Explodes.
CDFOOD 63, UK. Format. Blur - Country House CDFOOD63 (UK CD1).
City dweller Successful fella Thought to himself, "Oops, I've got a lot of money. He lives in a house, a very big house in the country Watching afternoon repeats And the food he eats In the country He takes all manner of pills And piles up analyst bills In the country Oh, it's like an animal farm Lots of rural charm In the country. He's got morning glory And life's a different story Everything's going Jackanory Touched with his own mortality. He's reading Balzac And knocking back Prozac It's a helping hand That makes you feel wonderfully bland Oh it's a century's remedy. For the faint at heart A new start Try the simple life.
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Engineer – John Smith Engineer [Assistant] – Julia Gardner, Tom GirlingProducer – Stephen Street
|2||One Born Every Minute
Producer – Blur, John Smith
|3||To The End (La Comedie)
Accordion [Solo] – Jacques BolognesiArranged By [Strings] – Khalil ChahineConductor – Rick WentworthContractor [Orchestra Fixed By] – Isobel GriffithsLyrics By [French], Vocals – Françoise HardyMixed By – John Smith , Stephen StreetProducer – Stephen HagueProducer [Additional Production] – Blur
- Marketed By – EMI Records Ltd.
- Distributed By – EMI Records Ltd.
- Glass Mastered At – EMI Uden
- Performer [Recordings] – James*, Albarn*, Rowntree*, Coxon*
- Written-By [Songs] – Albarn*
NotesFrançoise Hardy appears by kind permission of Virgin Records France.
On the back cover:
Marketed and Distributed by EMI. Printed in Holland
On the CD:
Made in Holland
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Text): 7 24388 23382 8
- Matrix / Runout: 882338 @ 2 1-1-6-NL
- Price Code (F): PM 515
- Rights Society: bel BIEM
|CDFOOD 63, 7243 8 82338 2 8||Blur||Blur's Country House (CD, Single)||Food, Parlophone||CDFOOD 63, 7243 8 82338 2 8||UK||1995|
|FOOD 63||Blur||Country House (7", Jukebox)||Food||FOOD 63||UK||1995|
|CDFOODDJ 63||Blur||Blur's Country House (CD, Single, Promo)||Food||CDFOODDJ 63||UK||1995|
|none||Blur||Country House (VHS)||Virgin Records Video||none||US||Unknown|
|CDFOODS 63, 7243 8 82379 2 5||Blur||Blur's Country House No. 2 (Blur Recorded Live From Mile End Stadium, Saturday June 17 1995) (CD, Single, CD2)||Food, Food||CDFOODS 63, 7243 8 82379 2 5||UK||1995|