Career-spanning boxset to include seven albums, rareties and new material
David Renshaw

09:22 19th April 2012

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Blur have announced details of their new boxset collection '21', which features all of their album reissued alongside a host of unheard material.

'21' will comprise of each of the bands seven albums plus 65 previously unreleased tracks, over 130 rarities, 3 DVDs, a collector’s edition book featuring rare and unseen photos and a new interview with the band and a special limited edition 7'' vinyl.

Frank Arkwright, alongside producer Stephen Street and guitarist  Graham Coxon, has helped remaster the band's first five albums whilst all seven will be re-released individually with a second disc of bonus tracks and rarities included with each release.

Highlights of the box include early versions of tracks recorded for Leisure, bare bones early demos of the classic singles ‘For Tomorrow’ and ‘Beetlebum’, previously unheard songs ‘Saturday Morning’ and ‘Hope You Find Your Suburbs’ and never released sessions with Bill Laswell and the legendary session with XTC’s Andy Partridge. Other rarities are ‘Don’t Bomb When You’re The Bomb’, ‘The Wassailling Song’ and ‘Fools Day’ which appear on CD for the first time. DVD material includes Live at Alexandra Palace 1994 and Live at Wembley ‘The Singles Night’ 1999.

In addition to the 21-disc Deluxe Box Set, all 7 studio albums will be available individually, each with a second disc of b-sides, previously hard-to-find tracks and exclusive bonus material.

A vinyl box set will also be available, with six of the seven albums on double-vinyl, highlighting iconic artwork and visuals from Banksy, David Shrigley and Graham Coxon among others. The vinyl box set will include a download code to access all of the bonus material digitally. Each of the 7 LPs will also be available separately on heavyweight vinyl.

Released 21 years after they released debut album 'Leisure', 21 will be available from July 30th 2012 and is so called as, in total, it features 21 discs.

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