Blur turned 21 and, to celebrate, they released an epic box set, both on CD and vinyl, consisting of all their studio albums. I wasn’t keen on buying Blur 21, as it’s well out of my price range. I just can’t spend $164.67 on stuff that I originally bought in high school, even if I didn’t buy it on vinyl.
Fortunately, Blur also released the remastered, deluxe edition albums individually. Since I already have a chunk of their work on vinyl, I figured I could fill in the holes in my collection with the anniversary editions. Today, I headed to Amoeba to check out the score.
Parklife was a must-have. This is the album with the big club hits– “Girls and Boys” and “Parklife”– plus fan favorites like “Tracy Jacks.” It was probably one of the most heavily played, and requested, albums at Bang! when I was a resident there. I don’t know why I never bought it on vinyl. Oh, yeah, I do know. It was freakin’ expensive. Granted, the $23+ its worth at Amoeba isn’t cheap, but it’s also remastered on 180 gram vinyl and there’s bonus content you can access online. For me, it was worth the cost. So, I bought it and I will play something off of it tomorrow at Underground.
I had intended to get two Blur albums and was trying to decide between Modern Life Is Rubbish (best album title ever!) and Leisure. When I couldn’t make up my mind, I started flipping through the crates and stumbled across The Horrors album, Primary Colours on vinyl. I almost order this on Amazon a few days ago, but didn’t. The copy at Amoeba was almost $10 less and would be mine immediately, so, score! There’s a pretty good chance you’ll hear something off of this fantastic album tomorrow as well.
Underground is 21+ at the Grand Star in Chinatown and I’ll be DJing with Larry G. and Diana tomorrow night. If you’re on Facebook, RSVP for discounts and free early entry.