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Skylarking: Deluxe Edition (Corrected Polarity) [Import][LP]
~ XTC(200 Gram Vinyl, With CD, Deluxe Edition, United Kingdom - Import)
Producer Todd Rundgren and the members of XTC got along so woefully during the recording of "Skylarking"—their breathlessly anticipated 1987 collaboration—that the entire session was fraught with tension and the band were banned from Todd’s mixing sessions. And yet, as sometimes happens in pop music, that behind-the-scenes friction yielded brilliant results: the XTC album most often labeled "masterpiece," and certainly their best-selling and best-known album. The arrangements and production are fantastic, but it’s the absolutely stellar songs of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding that dazzles most: "Dear God," "Grass," "Big Day," "Earn Enough for Us," "The Meeting Place," "That’s Really Super, Supergirl," "Summer’s Cauldron" and more. In 2010, during a mastering session for a vinyl reissue, engineer John Dent noticed that the original stereo master was marred by unintentionally reversed polarity, which caused the original master to lack punch and presence. The polarity was corrected, and the much-better-sounding vinyl reissue quickly sold out. This deluxe edition brings you that polarity-corrected master on newly cut 200-gram vinyl and also on CD. You get both original album sleeves, too (the released one and Andy Partridge’s design, which was rejected by Virgin Records), and inside the slipcase you’ll find a 16-page 12" booklet featuring song notes by the band as well as the sparkling lyrics that helped make "Skylarking" shine so brightly! Ape House UK.
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