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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby tom_cas1 » 03 May 2017, 22:38

Ambulance is the best Blur album opener of all time.

Ambulance demo...THAT I would love to hear. I take it it's never been released?
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby Forever Low Man » 03 May 2017, 23:19

tom_cas1 wrote:Ambulance is the best Blur album opener of all time.

Ambulance demo...THAT I would love to hear. I take it it's never been released?

tom, you and me...we dont agree on much, but you are oh so very right about that.
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby dougharrison » 03 May 2017, 23:22

Forever Low Man wrote:
tom_cas1 wrote:Ambulance is the best Blur album opener of all time.

Ambulance demo...THAT I would love to hear. I take it it's never been released?

tom, you and me...we dont agree on much, but you are oh so very right about that.


I really love Ambulance, it sets the mood perfectly fot TT, but Beetlebum has got to be the best album opener
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby KingLouieLouie76 » 04 May 2017, 17:04

"Lonesome Street" to me is their best album opener immediately followed by "Ambulance" and then "Beetlebum"......
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby Dekagamer7X9 » 04 May 2017, 18:41

Though I like The Magic Whip, ever since it came out I've felt that the track order really doesn't work. So, I decided to make my own version of the album (which includes Y'all Doomed), and I think the album flows much better with the tracks placed in this order.

1: Lonesome Street
2: Go Out
3: Ong Ong
4: New World Towers
5: Ice Cream Man
6: Thought I Was A Spaceman
7: I Broadcast
8: Ghost Ship
9: Mirrorball
10: There Are Too Many Of Us
11: My Terracotta Heart
12: Pyongyang
13: Y'all Doomed

Now obviously this track order isn't going to work for everyone, but for me it makes the album much, much better, and eliminates all the problems I had with the album (New World Towers being the second track, Mirrorball being the finale, Y'all Doomed not being included at all, mood whiplash), without removing anything from the album at all.
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby Consigliere_11 » 07 May 2017, 10:38

Forever Low Man wrote:
tom_cas1 wrote:Ambulance is the best Blur album opener of all time.

Ambulance demo...THAT I would love to hear. I take it it's never been released?

tom, you and me...we dont agree on much, but you are oh so very right about that.


And that makes the three of us. Ambulance is such a killer opener, on record and live - such a shame there is no demo available (yet?) and that blur stopped performing it after 2003-04 (should have brought it from the TT era instead of Caravan they were playing during the latest tour, imo)
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby Rubi » 07 May 2017, 11:17

Consigliere_11 wrote:
Forever Low Man wrote:
tom_cas1 wrote:Ambulance is the best Blur album opener of all time.

Ambulance demo...THAT I would love to hear. I take it it's never been released?

tom, you and me...we dont agree on much, but you are oh so very right about that.


And that makes the three of us. Ambulance is such a killer opener, on record and live - such a shame there is no demo available (yet?) and that blur stopped performing it after 2003-04 (should have brought it from the TT era instead of Caravan they were playing during the latest tour, imo)


Justs three? I'm pretty sure Ambulance has many fans. It's a fucking brilliant song.
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby MrMagpie » 07 May 2017, 15:06

KingLouieLouie76 wrote:"Lonesome Street" to me is their best album opener immediately followed by "Ambulance" and then "Beetlebum"......


Those are my top three as well. Hard to forget "For Tomorrow," but for me it's "Ambulance" and "Beetlebum" tied at the very top.
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby Styopa » 08 May 2017, 14:09

For me, good as Ambulance and Lonesome Street are, their best album opener has to come from one of either For Tomorrow, Girls & Boys or Beetlebum. These 3 were all career defining and era defining tracks that have stood the test of time and still sound great today. They're all bona fide classics and a major part of the band's legacy. Collectively they represent a lot of what Blur are about - the classic, quintessential Englishness as evidenced in For Tomorrow, the playfulness and ability to experiment with other genres as evidenced in Girls & Boys, and the darker, more obtuse side as evidenced in Beetlebum.
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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby munch » 08 May 2017, 15:10

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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby KingLouieLouie76 » 09 May 2017, 02:17

Styopa wrote:For me, good as Ambulance and Lonesome Street are, their best album opener has to come from one of either For Tomorrow, Girls & Boys or Beetlebum. These 3 were all career defining and era defining tracks that have stood the test of time and still sound great today. They're all bona fide classics and a major part of the band's legacy. Collectively they represent a lot of what Blur are about - the classic, quintessential Englishness as evidenced in For Tomorrow, the playfulness and ability to experiment with other genres as evidenced in Girls & Boys, and the darker, more obtuse side as evidenced in Beetlebum.



That is a solid post! "Blur" obviously was the album they transitioned and reinvented their sound the most on and just the instrumental intro between the bass and guitar helped punctuate that. I absolutely love "For Tomorrow", but I often wondered if even "Popscene" was included on "MLIR" would have made for a better album opener.

I love how "Lonesome Street" (which I absolutely immediately fell under its spell) set the tone for "TMW"..... Just again even the mere intro really presents the dynamics/impact of the album.

"Stereotypes" obviously isn't the best album opener, but it essentially does convey the rather darker tone on "TGE"..... "Tender" I've always been mixed on, "She's So High" is probably the absolute worst Blur album opener, "Girls & Boys" sets the celebratory and rather ironic mood of "PL" and the aforementioned "Ambulance" entrances everyone.

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Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

Postby tom_cas1 » 09 May 2017, 02:22

Blur haven't had a bad album opener, it's as simple as that. I mean:

She's So High
For Tomorrow
Girls & Boys
Stereotypes
Beetlebum
Tender
Ambulance
Lonesome Street


My god, what a list of incredible songs. Aside from Lonesome Street perhaps, all of those songs could easily be in Blur's "top 10 songs" list.
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