Parklife

~ Release group by Blur

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Parklife12" Vinyl16
  • GB1994-04-25
Food7243 8 29194 1 4, FOODLP 10724382919414
ParklifeCD16
  • GB1994-04-25
FoodFOODCD 10724382919421
ParklifeCD16
  • US1994-04-26
Food, SBK Records7243-8-29194-2-1, K2-29194724382919421
ParklifeCD17
  • JP1994-04-27
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-82264988006694613
ParklifeCD17
  • CA1994-05-17
EMI Music CanadaE2 7243 8 29540 2 6724382954026
ParklifeCD16
  • US1994-06-18
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.D 105663[none]
ParklifeCD16
  • US1994-06-18
Food, SBK RecordsCDP-529194020831486323
ParklifeCD16
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Food7243 8 29194 2 1, FOODCD 10724382919421
Parklife2×12" Vinyl8 + 8
  • XE2012-07-27
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Food5099962484213, FOODLPX105099962484213
Parklife2×CD16 + 16
  • XE2012-07-27
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Food5099964481920, FOODCDX105099964481920
Parklife2×CD16 + 17
  • JP2012-08-01
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TOCP 71340•41, TOCP-71340•414988006895522
ParklifeDigital Media16
  • US2014-09-16
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)825646261857
ParklifeDigital Media16Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)5099997227755
Parklife (Made in Italy; repress; ifpi 2503)CD16Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Food7243 8 29194 2 1, FOODCD 10724382919421
Promotion
Parklife (Special DJ Copy)CD21
PCD-0476
(unknown)
InterActive Songbook - Parklife3×CD13 + 12 + 14
Europress[none]5022497106480

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:End of a Century
Girls & Boys
Parklife
To the End
part of:Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1994) (order: 29)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 438) (order: 438)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/94761 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Blur:Parklife_(1994) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/q94h [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/B/Blur/Discography/Parklife/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/blur/parklife/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000624951 [info]
Wikidata:Q241777 [info]

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Before Damon Albarn became every inch the multi-faceted post-modern Renaissance man, Blur was his sole passion and Parklife *from 1994 remains their finest work. Recorded between November 1993 and January 1994 in London, *Parklife captured the zeitgeist in a manner few other albums have.

Their second album after the group's wholehearted embracing of British popular culture (the critically-lauded, commercially underperforming Modern Life Is Rubbish *the first), with its Walthamstow dog track-adorned sleeve, *Parklife was where Britpop began, with its series of well-crafted songs that re-tooled the writing of Ray Davies and Paul Weller for the 90s. Albarn – supported ably by guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree – mapped out Blur's territory as cultural tourists: chroniclers of the mores and foibles of the modern world, be it presciently with gender confusion, binge-drinking and the genesis of chav culture (all on "Girls And Boys"), pre-millennial tension and growing older ("End Of A Century") or the renaissance of England's capital city ("London Loves", "Parklife"). Even the album's nonsense ("The Debt Collector", or James' Syd Barrett tribute, "Far Out") serves to bolster the flow. However, it is the touching closer "This Is A Low" which steals the show, taking something as quintessential parochial as the shipping forecast and turning it into compelling, poetic pop.

Around the same period, Oasis released their first material. Soon, Britpop would have its Beatles and its Stones, with endless column inches scrutinising their lives and rivalries. Before all that, and regardless of what it all became, we still have this exemplary record.