Parklive - Blur
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  • Band members: Dave Rowntree, Alex James, Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn
  • Summary: The two-disc live recording of the alternative rock band's performance at London's Hyde Park on August 12, 2012 was a part of the Summer Olympics celebration.

    A deluxe five-disc version includes a DVD of the show, a CD of songs recorded at the 100 Club, and another CD of live songs from
    other concert dates/recording sessions. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Dec 13, 2012
    85
    Parklive showcases Blur in top form, but live albums are about a little more than a band; they document a moment too.
  2. Dec 13, 2012
    80
    The passing of time has only increased Blur's stature as a British treasure and this is a concert that suits their status: it's crowd-pleasing without pandering.
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    80
    So it wasn't because Blur gave the most outstanding performance of their two-decade career that justified their rejection of what I'll call the Seymour route. It was the timing, the sense of 'crowning achievement', the feeling of poetic justice. As a document of that, Parklive is worth your money.
  4. Dec 13, 2012
    80
    Blur have released three compilation albums, but none of them point up the band's engagingly contrary creativity and elastic pop nous quite like these two discs.
  5. Jan 3, 2013
    75
    Parklive offers perhaps the best case yet for Blur's work to be seen as an admirable whole. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.92]
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    While certainly not all things to all comers, this deluxe edition makes a good fist of it.
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