Earlier this week, Oasis reissued their number one album ‘Be Here Now’ for its 20th anniversary. Now it’s the turn of their Britpop contemporaries Blur, who will be reissuing their pivotal 1991 album ‘Leisure’ for its 25th anniversary.
‘Leisure’ was Blur’s debut album and catapulted them into the public consciousness upon its release on August 26, 1991. The album peaked at number 7 in the UK album charts and spawned a string of hits including: ‘There’s No Other Way’, ‘Bang’ and ‘She’s So High’.
The album was championed by the music press and set Blur well on their way to becoming one of the UK’s biggest bands of the 1990’s. Upon its release, Select Magazine’s David Cavanagh said of the record: The four Blur boys have guaranteed themselves a hefty leg-up in the being-taken-seriously stakes with the thrills they’ve carved into the grooves of ‘Leisure’.”
He continued “Leisure, in short, is one of those happy occasions when the hype is dead right.”
Twenty five years on, Blur have decided to reissue the album for a special vinyl release. The album was remastered at Abbey Road studios and will be released on Parlophone records.
Blur disbanded in 2003 following the departure of guitarist Graham Coxon but reformed for a series of concerts in 2009. They released their last album ‘The Magic Whip’ in 2015 which debuted at number one in the UK album charts.
The full tracklist for the ‘Leisure’ vinyl is as follows:
1. She’s So High
3. Slow Down
5. Bad Day
6. Sing Side
1. There’s No Other Way
3. Come Together
4. High Cool
6. Wear Me Down
It is yet unknown if the record will feature any bonus tracks or new material. Blur are currently on another indefinite hiatus with lead songwriter Damon Albarn working on the new Gorillaz record.