Blur are set to release a gigantic 21-disk boxset which will include all seven of their studio LPs, b-sides, rarities and 65 previously unreleased tracks. The boxset, entitled '21', is set for release on July 30th and will celebrate the band's 21st anniversary, with the announcement of the collection accompanied by the below video:
The Essex band's first five studio albums, 1991's Leisure, 1993's Modern Life Is Rubbish, 1994's Parklife, 1995's The Great Escape and their 1997 self-titled effort, have all been digitally remastered for the collection, with each of the albums accompanied by a second disk entirely composed of b-sides. The remastering process was overseen by guitarist Graham Coxon.
Along with the studio LPs and b-sides the boxset will also include 65 unreleased tracks, over 130 rarities, a collector's edition book featuring exclusive photographs of the band from the fledgling, post-baggy era of Leisure through to the experimental, mature era of 13 and 3 DVDs which feature, among other things, an exclusive interview with the band.
The boxset will be available on CD and vinyl (though the Vinyl edition contains only the studio LPs) for around £155.00 and is available to preorder now from Blur.co.uk/blur21. If you want a part of the reissues but are unable to cough up the money for the entire boxset, the remastered LPs are also available to preorder individually on both CD and vinyl.
'21' is just part of what is set to be a big year for Blur, with the band set to play Sweden's Way Out West festival and a huge show in Hyde Park on August 12th for the Olympics closing ceremony, a performance which frontman Damon Albarn has already tentatively stated may be the band's last.