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XTC Vinyl Bundle
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With The XTC VINYL BUNDLE you get three XTC titles on Import Vinyl. You get Skylarking [Import] 200 gram vinyl, Apple Venus Volume 1 [Import] and Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) [Import].

SKYLARKING [Import] pressed on superior 200 gram vinyl.

A classic XTC album. Now available on a single vinyl LP with all tracks for the first time everPressed on superior 200gram vinyl. Song lyrics sheet included. Single LP reissue with all 15 songs. The first 1980s versions didn't include "Dear God" & after it was a hit, "Mermaid Smiled" was dropped on some later versions to include "Dear God". The full album has only been on vinyl in 2LP deluxe editions playing at 45RPM. When it came time to master the album on vinyl in 2010, Andy Partridge - still never entirely happy with the overall sound of the finished album - took it to award-winning mastering engineer John Dent, who noticed something that had never previously been spotted. Somewhere, possibly in the transfer from the multi-channel tape to the stereo master, a polarity had been reversed. This is not the same thing as a reversed left/right channel which puts a stereo picture out of phase & makes the sound unlistenable, but a much more difficult to pin down event that can be triggered by something as simple as a badly wired plug in the overall system which, nonetheless, removes some of the punch & presence from a finished recording. With the polarity corrected, the album complete with original artwork & "Dear God" was issued on vinyl as a double LP deluxe edition playing at 45rpm in the original rejected sleeve, then later reissued with the more familiar sleeve... Leaving some fans to wonder why they couldn't have the 15 song LP on single vinyl playing at 33 & one third RPM. Well, now they can - beautifully mastered for single LP from the corrected polarity masters by Jason at Loud Mastering & pressed on superior 200 gram vinyl.

APPLE VENUS Volume 1 [Import]

Much sought after classic XTC albums reissued on vinyl. Pressed on superior 200gram vinyl. Song lyrics sheet included. Newly mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering from tapes approved by Andy Partridge. Following seven years of enforced silence due to contractual disputes with Virgin Records, XTC returned in 1999 with it's own label (Idea) and an album which many fans consider to be the band's finest recording: "Apple Venus Volume I". A stunning selection of songs, mostly acoustic & enhanced by subtle orchestral arrangements, it was in some ways different to what anyone might have expected from the band yet, in hindsight, the logical progression & culmination of musical ideas signposted via songs such as 'Chalkhills & Children' and 'Wrapped in Grey'. A Top 20 album in Japan, the album also charted in the UK & USA though the seven years absence had eroded some of the commercial momentum the band had enjoyed - especially in the USA - with the run of albums from "Skylarking" to "Nonsuch". The album - whose status was never in doubt with critics or fans - is now routinely cited as a career highpoint.

WASP STAR (Apple Venus Volime 2) [Import]

Much sought after classic XTC albums reissued on vinyl. Pressed on superior 200gram vinyl. Song lyrics sheet included. First single LP edition of Wasp Star. Newly mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering from tapes approved by Andy Partridge. "Wasp Star", the band's next & final album (to date), employed far more of the intricately arranged, guitar driven, XTC sound which Gregory had helped to develop from his point of arrival with 1979's "Drums & Wires". While not as strikingly different as "Apple Venus Vol. I", it was intended as the 'other part' of that album & writing sessions & was subtitled "Apple Venus Vol. II". The song-writing had matured immeasurably from the band's 1977 "White Music" debut, but the early promise of an innovative, fresh, approach to the possibilities of pop song-writing & recording inherent in that debut had been carried through every album of the band's career with "Wasp Star" merely the latest, possibly last, instalment.



Title: XTC Vinyl Bundle
Genre: Pop
Artist(s): XTC
Label: Exclusive Bundle
Release Date: 9/28/2018
Product Type: LP
UPC: 762184322025
Item #: 2086961X


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