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   October 2017
 


   September 2017
 

 

 

XTC - Black Sea (cd/blu-ray preorder)

Black Sea is the fifth in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, 2017 stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.

All pre-order copies sold through Burning Shed come with an exclusive postcard signed by Terry Chambers.

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Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band.

This cd/blu-ray edition is presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Terry Chambers, Dave Gregory and Hugh Padgham.

Help with adjusting your player settings (if necessary) can be found here: http://www.opusproductions.com/disc/setup.html

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• CD: Features a 2017 stereo album mix by Steven Wilson with bonus tracks (many featuring Steven Wilson mixes).

• Blu-Ray: a 5.1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA.

• Additional Blu-Ray features include:
- The 2017 stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.
- Additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5.1 (several featuring 2017 Steven Wilson mixes)
- The original stereo album mix in hi-res stereo + bonus tracks.
- Instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson), and several bonus mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.
- Many album tracks in demo form as recorded (mostly live) at Phonogram Studios prior to the main album sessions.
- Three Andy Partridge demos from Phonogram studios.
- Three Andy Partridge demos from Swindon Town Hall.
- Promo films for Towers Of London, Generals & Majors & Respectable Street.

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A definitive edition of XTC's Art Pop classic from 1980.
 

 

 

 

 

Pre-order for 10th November release

(£15.99 GBP)

 

 


   September 2017
 

 

 

TC&I - Great Aspirations EP (preorder)

The debut EP by TC&I sees Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers put their XTC past behind them in order to create some truly original music (well…maybe and nod and a wink here and there….).

CD in digipak. We have copies signed by Colin and Terry.


 

 

 

 

 

Pre-order for 20th October release

(£10.00 GBP)

 

 


   September 2017
 

 

 

XTC CONVENTION 2017 - Swindon

FRIDAY SEPT 15
19:00 (7PM)
– Doors Open at the backroom of the Southbrook Inn pub
• the pub will have food and drink available for purchase

19:30 – 22:30 (7:30-10:30PM)
– Open Mic
• play an instrument, sing, dance, karaoke, poetry reading, or just get up and introduce yourself to the group! No set format, just make sure it’s XTC related and don’t hog the stage, so that everyone who wants to get up there in front of the mic will have a chance to.

22:30 – 23:00 (10:30-11:00PM)
– Finish your food and drinks and prepare for the next day


SATURDAY SEPT 16
10:00 – 11:45 AM
– Walking tour of Swindon
• Gaz will lead you around Swindon, pointing out various XTC related sites
11:45 – 12:00 – After the tour Gaz will lead the group in a parade to the Southbrook Inn pub for the convention
OR
11:00 – 12:00 – If you want to skip the walking tour you can come straight to the Southbrook Inn pub where Tim will welcome you.

12:00 – 12:30
– Everyone arrives by this time

12:30
– Opening remarks by event organizers

13:00 – 14:00 (1PM-2PM)
– QUIZ

14:00 – 14:30 (2:00-2:30PM)
– Raffle

14:30 – 15:30 (2:30-3:30PM)
– Panel Discussion (participants to be announced later)

15:30 – 16:00
– Nothing scheduled

16:00 – 17:00 (4PM-5PM)
– Video presentation

17:00 – 19.00 (5PM-7PM)
- Nothing scheduled
• This can be your time to stop back at your hotel or maybe grab a bite to eat somewhere
• But the room will still be ours, and the pub will serve food and drinks, so you don’t have to leave at all if you don’t want to!

19.00 – 22:30 (7:00-10:30PM)
– Tribute Band(s) play (participants to be announced later)

22:30 – 23:00 (10:30-11:00PM)
– Clean up the room, if everyone helps out it should go quick

SUNDAY SEPT 17
09:30 – 09:55
– Everyone meets at ______
(starting point will be announced later)

10:00 –14:00 (10:00AM - 2:00PM)
– Buses/coaches will take us to Uffington White Chalk Horse, with a few stops along the way, including the Swindon bandstand where Andy & Dave were filmed doing acoustic version of Train Running Low On Soul Coal
NOTE: Buses/coaches will leave promptly at 10AM, with or without you, so do plan to arrive earlier than 10AM

14:00 – 14:30 (2:00-2:30PM)
– Buses/coaches return us to our starting place and we say our goodbyes!
 

 

 

 

 

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   June 2017
 

 

 

Put together by founding editor Mark Fisher, The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls brings together 256 pages of XTC goodness to celebrate the fanzine's 35th anniversary and the band's 40th anniversary.

2017 highlights of this new edition include:

• Andy Partridge on childhood, children and creativity

• Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers on the art of the rhythm section

• Dave Gregory on Drums and Wires, Black Sea and English Settlement

• Comedians Phill Jupitus, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Joanna Neary and Paul Putner on their favourite XTC songs

"This special anthology edition is varied, surprising and fun." Samantha Burke, Cent Magazine, September 2017

Full contents list here
Limelight was a fanzine created for and by the fans of Swindon's finest. In those far-off pre-internet days, it was one of the few ways people could keep up to date with what XTC were up to.

Like its Canadian sister fanzine, The Little Express, Limelight featured news, interviews and articles about all things XTC. Every edition sold out and original copies have become collectors' items.

Like the band, the contents were varied, surprising and fun. There were articles about Victorian architecture, discussions about the band's artwork, illustrations by Andy Partridge and interviews with fellow musicians.

It was great. And now it's back – with even more essential reading than ever.

Get your copy of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls now!


Cover artwork by Mark Thomas: http://www.markthomasillustration.com

 

 

by Mark Fisher

 

 

 

Back after 25 years, the classic 1980s fanzine about XTC is on sale again. The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls is a 256-page edition of Limelight, featuring the original copies published between 1982 and 1992 plus new material for 2017, including interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers.

 

Order NOW

£17.99 + free UK p&p (£5 international p&p)

 

 


   August 2016
 

 

 

XTC - Skylarking (cd/blu-ray preorder)

Skylarking is the fourth and perhaps most anticipated release in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.

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Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band.

This cd/blu-ray edition is presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory.

Help with adjusting your player settings (if necessary) can be found here: http://www.opusproductions.com/disc/setup.html

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* CD features the 2016 Steven Wilson stereo album mix plus four bonus tracks mixed by Steven Wilson.

* Blu-ray features:

- A 5.1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA.

- The 2016 stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.

- Four additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5.1 mixed by Steven Wilson.

- The original (uncorrected polarity) stereo album mix in hi-res stereo, plus 1 non-album track.

- The original (corrected polarity) stereo album mix in hi-res stereo.

- Instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson) of all 2016 mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.

- A complete alternate album in demo form (as per Todd Rundgren's original suggested running order based on the demo recordings).

- Numerous additional demo and work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings.

- Promo films for Dear God and Grass.

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Sequenced and produced by the legendary Todd Rundgren, 1986's Skylarking is perhaps the most acclaimed of all XTC's releases.

An album unlike anything else in the band's back catalogue, dense orchestrations and a more organic soundscape were deployed in servicing some of the band's most melodically rich and sophisticated songs.

 

 

 

 

Order for 14th October release.

(£15.99 GBP)

 

 


   July 2016
 

 

 

XTC - English Settlement (cd preorder)

With its distinctive cover depiction of the Uffington White Horse and its more prominent use of acoustic guitar, XTC's 1982 studio release was immediately hailed as a significant departure for the band and a future masterpiece.

While looking for the (still 'lost in the archives') multi-track tapes to enable Steven Wilson to undertake new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album, the original half-inch master tapes were discovered and used as the source from which engineer John Dent has prepared this 2016 'original master edition'.

An album which set standards on its release sounds, if anything, even better now.

Pre-order 22nd July release.

 

Tracks

01. Runaways
02. Ball And Chain
03. Senses Working Overtime
04. Jason And The Argonauts
05. No Thugs In Our House
06. Yacht Dance
07. All Of A Sudden (It's Too Late)
08. Melt The Guns
09. Leisure
10. It's Nearly Africa
11. Knuckle Down
12. Fly On The Wall
13. Down In The Cockpit
14. English Roundabout
15. Snowman

Credits

Colin Moulding - lead vocals, backing vocals, fretless bass, Fender bass, mini-Korg, piano, percussion
Andy Partridge - lead vocals, backing vocals, electric guitar, semi-acoustic electric 12-string guitar, semi-acoustic electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mini-Korg, Prophet V, anklung, alto sax, percussion, frog
Dave Gregory - electric 12-string guitar, electric guitars, nylon-string Spanish guitar, semi-acoustic electric 12-string guitar, Prophet V, mini-Korg, backing vocals, percussion, piano
Terry Chambers - drums, drum synthesiser, percussion, backing vocals

with:

Hugh Padgham - backing vocals on Ball and Chain
Hans de Vente - backing vocals on It's Nearly Africa

 

 

 

 

Order now

(£7.50 GBP)

 

 


   July 2016
 

 

 

XTC - English Settlement - Deluxe Vinyl Edition (double vinyl)


A deluxe double vinyl version of XTC's 1982 classic English Settlement.

Including:

* 2 x 33rpm, 200g heavyweight vinyl
* 12" 16 page booklet with song notes by band members
* Lyric sheet
* 2016 cut from original half-inch master sources
* CD mastered from the same original master sources
* All contents packaged in a sturdy slipcase

While looking for the (still 'lost in the archives') multi-track tapes to enable Steven Wilson to undertake new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album, the original half-inch master tapes were discovered and used as source masters from which engineer John Dent cut new lacquers for this heavyweight vinyl edition.

An album which set standards on its release sounds, if anything, even better now.

UK orders will be sent by courier.

Tracks

Side 1:

1. Runaways (4:34)
2. Ball and Chain (4:32)
3. Senses Working Overtime (4:50)
4. Jason and the Argonauts (6:07)

Side 2:

1. No Thugs in Our House (5:09)
2. Yacht Dance (3:56)
3. All of a Sudden (It's Too Late) (5:21)

Side 3

1. Melt the Guns (6:34)
2. Leisure (5:02)
3. It's Nearly Africa (3:55)
4. Knuckle Down (4:28)

Side 4:

1. Fly on the Wall (3:19)
2. Down in the Cockpit (5:27)
3. English Roundabout (3:59)
4. Snowman (5.03)

 

 

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XTC - Skylarking - 2016 Deluxe Vinyl Edition (double vinyl)


A deluxe double vinyl version of the Corrected Polarity edition XTC's ever popular Todd Rundgren produced Skylarking.

Including:

* 2 x 45rpm, 200g heavyweight vinyl
* 12" 16 page booklet with song notes by band members
* Lyric sheet
* Cut from corrected polarity master
* CD of corrected polarity master
* Both album sleeves - sleeve as released and original proposed design
* All contents packaged in a sturdy slipcase

A definitive edition of one of Pop's finest albums, produced by one of Pop's best producers and performed by one of Pop's greatest groups at their most popular.

Tracks

A1 Summer's Cauldron
A2 Grass
A3 The Meeting Place
A4 That's Really Super Supergirl

B1 Ballet For A Rainy Day
B2 1000 Umbrellas
B3 Season Cycle

C1 Earn Enough For Us
C2 Big Day
C3 Another Satellite
C4 Mermaid Smiled

D1 The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
D2 Dear God
D3 Dying
D4 Sacrificial Bonfire

 

 

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   February 2016
 

 

 

Andy Partridge - The Fuzzy Warbles Collection

Volumes 1-3/4-6/7-8 plus Hinges (which was previously only released as part of a limited edition boxed set).

Triple cd x 3 preorder

 

 

 

Pre-order for April 1st release

 

 

 

 


   February 2016
 

 

 

The Monkees celebrates its 50th anniversary with the group's first new album in 20 years.

The album features all three surviving band members - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal featuring on one song.

The album contains tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world's most gifted songwriters including Andy Partridge (XTC), Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. It also contains songs originally written for the group during the 1960s by Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson.

 

Pre-order for 10th June release

 

 

 

 


   January 2016
 

 

 

Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt

Complicated Game
Inside The Songs Of XTC

(book preorder)

 

Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, Complicated Game details Andy Partridge songs from throughout XTC's career and provides a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters.

Filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and the band's adventures around the world (all told with AP's legendary humour), Complicated Game casts new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry.

The book includes pages from Partridge's songwriting notebooks, reproductions of his original artwork designs, a guide to Andy Partridge's Swindon and a foreword by Steven Wilson.

Pre-order for 31st March release. All pre-orders sold through Burning Shed/APE come signed by Andy Partridge.

 

preorder (£14.95 GBP)

 

paperback
150 x 215
400 pages with 16 page photo insert

 

 

 

 


   November 2015
 

 

 

XTC - ORANGES AND LEMONS (CD/BLU-RAY)

CD:

1. Garden of Earthly Delights
2. The Mayor of Simpleton
3. King for a Day
4. Here Comes President Kill Again
5. The Loving
6. Poor Skeleton Steps Out
7. One of the Millions
8. Scarecrow People
9. Merely a Man
10. Cynical Days
11. Across This Antheap
12. Hold Me My Daddy
13. Pink Thing
14. Miniature Sun
15. Chalkhills and Children

Blu-Ray (Region 0, NTSC):

Presented in LPCM Audio
- Album mixed in 5.1 Surround
- New Stereo Album mix
- Original Stereo Album mix
+ Blu-Ray extra material including:
new stereo album instrumental mixes,
multiple demo sessions, rehearsals, mixes & promo films for the singles.

 

 

 

 


   August 2015
 

 

 

XTC - ORANGES AND LEMONS IN 5.1

Pre order now. The 16th of October will see the release of ORANGES AND LEMONS, the third in a series of remixed and expanded XTC classics. The album has been mixed from the original studio recording by Steven Wilson, with input from Andy. The CD has a completely new stereo mix and there are many extras on the Blu-ray.

Surround mix, new stereo mix, instrumental mix, flat transfer of original album, two sets of demo and work tapes with associated recordings, pre recording rehearsals,promo and ID work and extended mixes.

Add to that the associated video films and a booklet fat with notes from Andy, Colin and Dave. Phew!! It's a box set on a single disc! Don't delay.

 

Oranges And Lemons is the third in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.

Pre-order for 16th October release. All pre-order copies sold through Burning Shed come with an exclusive postcard signed by Colin Moulding.

 

more info

 

 

 

 


   October 2014
 

 

 

Andy Partridge wins Q Songwriter Award

Xperia Access Q Awards 2014 – XTC’s Andy Partridge

 

The Xperia Access Q Awards took place in London yesterday (22 October) and you can watch our exclusive backstage interviews with the winners now.

We spoke to Andy Partridge about winning Q Classic Songwriter, plus discussed songwriting with him and guest presenter Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson.

Watch the full interview now.

 

October 23, 2014

 

 

 

 


   September 2014
 

 

 

XTC - Drums And Wires
(cd/blu-ray and cd/dvd-a)

The revolutionary Drums And Wires, from 1979, is the second in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes of the original material, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.

All pre-order copies come with exclusive postcards signed by Andy Partridge.

Pre-order for 27th October release.

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Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band.

This cd/blu-ray edition is presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory.

Help with adjusting your player settings (if necessary) can be found here: http://www.opusproductions.com/disc/setup.html

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* CD features a stereo mix by Steven Wilson plus 6 additional singles and non-album tracks .

* Blu-ray (Region 0, NTSC) features:

Presented in 24bit/96khz LPCM Audio:

- Album mixed in 5.1 Surround.
- Steven Wilson stereo mix and original album mix in High Resolution stereo.

Blu-Ray exclusive material includes:

Numerous additional stereo* and 5.1 tracks, new stereo album instrumental mixes, 5 demo sessions and promo films for the singles Making Plans for Nigel and Life Begins At The Hop.

* including the two tracks from the single that accompanied early copies of the vinyl album, two extended mixes of songs and the DJM mixes (songs earmarked as potential single releases).

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Complex knotty rhythms and memorable melodic hooks collide with thought-provoking lyrics on the album that established XTC as one of the most inventive bands of the New Wave era.

For those already familiar with Drums And Wires, this reissue provides a comprehensively expanded edition of a much loved classic. For anyone fortunate enough to be new to the spiky delights of Drums And Wires, yes, Pop music really was this good at one point in time.

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Pre-order for 27th October release.

preorder (€20.05 EUR)

Tracks

CD:

1) Making Plans For Nigel
2) Helicopter
3) Day In Day Out
4) When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty
5) Ten Feet Tall
6) Roads Girdle the Globe
7) Real By Reel
8) Millions
9) That Is The Way
10) Outside World
11) Scissor Man
12) Complicated Game

+ bonus tracks (full details to be confirmed as soon as possible)

Blu-Ray (Region 0, NTSC):

Presented in 24bit/96khz LPCM Audio

Album mixed in 5.1 Surround
- Steven Wilson stereo mix and original album mix in High Resolution stereo.

Blu-Ray exclusive material includes:

Numerous additional stereo and 5.1 tracks, new stereo album instrumental mixes, 5 demo sessions and promo films for the singles Making Plans for Nigel and Life Begins At The Hop.

 

available also in cd/dvd-a

more info

 

 

 

 


   April 2014
 

 

 

XTC Skylarking
corrected polarity edition - cd

Dear God attached, Andy Partridge's cover concept realised, and polarity corrected, this is Skylarking as XTC intended the world to see and hear it.

Produced by Todd Rundgren, the album was famously the most troublesome recording experience of XTC's career, yet the combination of the 'quintessentially English' band and the American 'studio wizard' resulted in one of the most successful and artistically accomplished albums of the mid-late 1980s

more info

 

 

 

 


   November 2013
 

 

 

XTC - NONSUCH (CD/BLU-RAY)

 

Nonsuch is the first in a series of expanded XTC album editions including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes of the original material along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.

Steven Wilson has produced the new mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band.

Presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory.

  • Blu-Ray (Region 0, NTSC):

    - Album mixed in 5.1 Surround
    - New Stereo Album mix
    - Original Stereo Album mix
    - Blu-Ray exclusive material including:
    New stereo album instrumental mixes, demos by Andy and Colin, footage of the band in the studio and promo films for the singles.
     

  • DVDA (Region 0, NTSC):

    Album in 5.1 surround sound, new & original album mixes in Hi-Res stereo

 

 

 

more info