Parklife

Parklife

by Blur

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Overview

Smart, snotty, and steadfastly Anglocentric, Blur has crafted some of the most fully realized pop albums of the decade. This 1994 set -- which elevated the quartet to stadium-filling status in Europe -- might be its most conceptual, focused as it is on a Brit's-eye view of leisure time. It also marks a new high-water mark in terms of musical development, with the inclusion of diverse elements like bubbly Eurodisco (to underpin the debauched "Girls and Boys") and Noel Coward-derived music hall mugging (as evinced by the jaunty title track). Singer Damon Albarn's deadpan delivery cuts cleanly through the jostle of punky guitars, lush strings, and Northern Soul arrangements, letting listeners focus on his provocative lyrical vignettes. More than just about any album since Ray Davies's late-'60s heyday, Parklife brings social commentary into song form without eliciting so much as a single groan.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/1994
Label: Wb / Parlophone
UPC: 0724382919421
catalogNumber: 291944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Phil Daniels   Trombone,Horn,Narrator
Damon Albarn   Synthesizer,Strings,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Recorder,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Moog Synthesizer,Vibes
Simon Clarke   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Graham Coxon   Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Louise Fuller   Violin
Stephen Hague   Piano
Alex James   Guitar,Vocals,Noise
Roddy Lorimer   Trombone
Ivan McCready   Cello
Leo Payne   Strings
Mark Pharoah   Violin
Chris Pitsillides   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Dave Rowntree   Percussion,Drums,Noise,Crowd Noise
Laetitia Sadier   Vocals
Tim Sanders   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Street   Keyboards
Far Out   Bass Guitar,Crowd Noise
John Metcalfe   Viola
Christopher Tombling   Strings
Rick Koster   Violin

Technical Credits

Damon Albarn   Programming
Kevin Godley   Director
Stephen Hague   Producer,Engineer
Dave Rowntree   Programming
Stephen Street   Programming,Sound Effects,Producer
John Smith   Producer,Engineer
John Metcalfe   Arranger

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Parklife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very creative... not quite like anything else. One of my favorite Britpop albums.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago