Blur are reportedly planning to reissue their complete back catalogue. Producer Stephen Street has revealed that he is remastering the band's full discography and that Blur seem to be working with William Orbit on new material.
"I love Blur, I think they're some of the most talented people I've ever worked with," Street said in a recent interview with Louder Than War. "I'm currently remastering their entire back catalogue ... It's just great to listen to the tapes and think that now they sound so much better. They sound fuller, and wider, and I'm really pleased to be focusing on it. I'm really chuffed as a producer how it's sounding."
There is no word on when these albums will be reissued, though next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Modern Life Is Rubbish. Prior to their recent performance at the Brit awards, Blur hinted at a possible US tour, and they have been booked to play the London Olympics' closing ceremonies. There has also been recurrent talk of a new album – their first in almost a decade.
According to Street, a full-length doesn't seem very likely. "I got the impression that they don't want the pressure of having to make a new [LP]," he said. But the group do seem to be prepping a single: Under the Westway, which premiered live at last week's War Child benefit. "I would love to be asked to produce [Blur] again," Street said, "but ... they haven't asked me to do the Under the Westway track. William Orbit is involved apparently, but I don't know."
Street also commented on the upcoming reissue of Morrissey's solo debut, Viva Hate, complaining about changes that have been made to the record. "As far as I'm concerned, the album should not have been changed," Street said. "I kind of argued this with Morrissey, as much as I can, and made it clear that it was a mistake ... [Ordinary Boys] is a great song ... There's also a big chunk of Late Night, Maudlin Street that's been taken off, and I'm really not happy about that, but what can I do."
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