Monday, September 09, 2019

Coming Up: "Psurroundabout Ride" by XTC (as the Dukes of Stratosphear)

Out Oct 18. Order from Amazon now.

XTC as The Dukes - From Psychedelic Pswindon - the complete recordings in stereo and 5.1 Psurround Psound / 25 o Clock and Psonic Psunspot newly mixed in stereo by Steven Wilson, with mixes approved by Andy Partridge (CD & Blu-Ray) / Both albums + 2 extra tracks also newly mixed in 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson on Blu-Ray (with a final song up-mixed to surround using the Penteo audio system) / All 19 songs appear in their original mixes in hi-res stereo (Blu-Ray) / 18 songs appear in their new mixes in hi-res stereo (Blu-Ray)] / Complete demos from both albums & instrumental versions of album songs also feature in hi-res stereo on the Blu-Ray. Produced by John Leckie (Swami Anand Nagara) and The Dukes.
Sometimes it pays to be a studio band... Between 1980 (when they were still performing live) and 1989, XTC wrote, recorded and released a series of albums from Black Sea to Oranges & Lemons that cemented the band's reputation as songwriters and recording artists almost without parallel in the UK. They may not have sold as many as some and they tended to sell more in Japan and America than on home soil. They may not be as famous as other bands of the era but, to many of those with discerning ears, they're rated among the very best, the select few who rise above their contemporaries...
As if six stellar albums in ten years including two double LPs, in an era when the advent of digital technology and CDs left many artists struggling to issue one or two albums in the same period, wasn't enough, the band also issued two albums under completely different names as The Dukes of Stratosphear, an unashamedly psychedelic ensemble which phased and flanged in and out of existence in 1985 and 1987 respectively... (Though rumours continue to circulate of an earlier proto Merseybeat/Brit Blues incarnation of the band under yet another name..)
Psurroundabout Ride gathers all of the Dukes' material, with both albums remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson and mixes approved by Andy Partridge. No need for mushrooms, simply position yourself between 6 speakers, play the blu-ray, relax and float downstream, as the music takes you to places un-imagined, even in the original summer of love...

Disc: 1

  1. 25 O'Clock
  2. Bike Ride to the Moon
  3. My Love Explodes
  4. What in the World?
  5. Your Gold Dress
  6. The Mole from the Ministry
  7. Psonic Psunspot
  8. Vanishing Girl
  9. Have You Seen Jackie?
  10. Little Lighthouse
  11. You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
  12. Collideascope
  13. You're My Drug
  14. Shiny Cage
  15. Brainiac's Daughter
  16. The Affiliated
  17. Pale and Precious
  18. Open a Can of Human Beans
  19. Black Jewelled Serpent of Sound (Radio Caroline Edit)

Disc: 2

  1. Tin Toy Clockwork Train
  2. 25 O'Clock
  3. Bike Ride to the Moon
  4. My Love Explodes
  5. What in the World?
  6. Your Gold Dress
  7. The Mole from the Ministry
  8. Psonic Psunspot
  9. Vanishing Girl
  10. Have You Seen Jackie?
  11. Little Lighthouse
  12. You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
  13. Collideascope
  14. You're My Drug
  15. Shiny Cage
  16. Brainiac's Daughter
  17. The Affiliated
  18. Pale and Precious
  19. 25 O'Clock (Demo)
  20. Bike Ride to the Moon (Demo)
  21. My Love Explodes (Demo)
  22. What in the World?... (Demo)
  23. Nicely Nicely Jane (Demo)
  24. Susan Revolving (Demo)
  25. Psonic Psunspot
  26. No One at Home (Vanishing Girl Demo)
  27. Little Lighthouse (Demo)
  28. Collideascope (Demo)
  29. Shiny Cage (Demo)
  30. Brainiac's Daughter (Demo)
  31. The Affiliated (Demo)

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