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The Great Escape

CD cover
Covers for different versions

Released: 11 September 1995

All release dates

Highest UK Chart Position: 1

Chart History | Intl Chart Positions | Sales


CD Cat. No. FOODCD 14
Cassette FOODTC 14
Vinyl CFOODLP 14 (25*)
Cassette Promo unknown

US CD 40855-2
US Cassette 40855-4

Asian Countries
Japanese CD TOCP-8633
Japanese reissued CD TOCP-65992 (1)
Japanese reissued CD TOCP-53318 (2)
Japanese reissued CD TOCP-53574 (3)
Japanese reissued SHM-CD WPCR-15430 (4)
Korean CD EKPD-0473
Korean Cassette EKPC-0473
Taiwanese Cassette 724383523542

Other Countries & Formats
French CD 7243 8 35349 2
Download (from 2005)
HD Download (from 2015?)

*Approx. value

Record labels:

UK: Food/EMI Records
US: Virgin Records
Japan: Toshiba/EMI Records Japan
Japan reissue
(4): Warner Music Japan
Korea: EMI Records Korea
Taiwan: EMI Records Taiwan
France: EMI Records France


   01. Stereotypes
   02. Country House
   03. Best Days
   04. Charmless Man
   05. Fade Away
   06. Top Man
   07. The Universal
   08. Mr. Robinson's Quango
   09. He Thought Of Cars
   10. It Could Be You
   11. Ernold Same
   12. Globe Alone
   13. Dan Abnormal
   14. Entertain Me
   15. Yuko & Hiro

* Extra tracks in the Japanese release are "Ultranol" and "No Monsters In Me".

* French version includes "To The End (With Francoise Hardy)" as a bonus track.

* Japanese reissued CDs (1) and (4) come in a mini-LP sleeve. Reissue (4) includes the extra tracks "No Monsters In Me", "Tame" and "St. Louis".

Liner notes
Credits inside the album booklet.


Blur as a sales team
Blur as 'a sales team' on the album's back cover. Years later, a fan told that this picture was used to advertise glasses in Asia!

Please note: For info on 2012's "Special Edition", see Blur 21.


  • "Stereotypes" debuted at the Dublin Castle secret gig. It was considered for the first single, but another song ("Country House") got a bigger reaction from fans.
  • The "Quango" mentioned in "Mr. Robinson's Quango" stands for Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation. This was the first song recorded for the album.
  • "It Could Be You", the last song recorded for the album, was originally written about Winston Churchill.
  • The narrator in "Ernold Same" is Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London.
  • "Dan Abnormal" is about an over-zealous fan. The title is Damon's anagramic pseudonym.
  • Total running time (UK ver.): 57:03

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