If Blur are to wind down this year after more than 20 years in the music industry as a band, then they're clearly set to go out with a bang. The much-loved British four-piece have already announced that they'll be playing a gig to close the London Olympics at Hyde Park, and now comes an announcement that they're to release a mighty 65 song four-disc collection of rarities and B-sides as part of an almighty 21 disc set that'll include expanded re-master of all their albums, three DVDs featuring live shows and unseen footage, a special 7-inch single and a book.
It's quite the package, with each of Blur's seven studio albums to be re-mastered and given an extra disc, and rarities going right back as far as the late 1980s when they were known around scrubby London toilet venues as the scatter-brained noise-pop of Seymour. The package comes in a range of options, with fans either being able to buy the studio albums only in a special vinyl box, the albums separately as CD or vinyl or the special Deluxe box which is the only way you can get the rarities, 7-inch, book and live footage. That would set you back a tidy 153 pound.
In recent interviews, Blur front man Damon Albarn has hinted repeatedly that this is the last year the band will be doing anything together. They first went on hiatus in 2003 after Graham Coxon left the group, before reforming for a run of shows in 2009.