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XTC
Black Sea [Steven Wilson Mix] (Nov. 24, 2017)

XTC — Black Sea [Steven Wilson Mix] (Nov. 24, 2017)

        XTC — Black Sea [Steven Wilson Mix] (Nov. 24, 2017) XTC — Black Sea [Steven Wilson Mix] (Nov. 24, 2017) ”“★λ★”“     Black Sea is the fifth in a series of remixed and expanded XTC albums. This classic album was the band’s fourth, originally released in 1980. The new edition includes Steven Wilson 2017 stereo and 5.1 surround mixes along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.
↑↓★↑↓             Texty jsou skvělé, ale tajemství je v hudbě. Nejen na první nebo poslední poslech, Partridge dokáže vstříknout nějaký zdánlivě mrtvý, pomyslně překonaný a jakoby vysušený subjekt s takovou melodickou vztlakovou schopností, že by na ní mohl být pyšný i Brian Wilson.
Q:   Několik umělců nyní vkládá vaše jméno přímo do kresby remixovaných alb. Jak to na vás působí?
SW:   Apeluje to na moje ego. [směje se] Je hezké vidět tam ten podtext: mé jméno se do jisté míry pro prostorové mixy stalo známkou určité úrovně kvality. V minulosti už bylo spousta snah o prostorové mixy, které však nebyly provedeny velmi dobře a nebyly dobře přijaty lidmi, kteří si tyto záznamy milovali. Z různých důvodů jsou moje remixy vnímány jako něco, ve které mohou mít lidé určitou míru důvěry, protože jsou provedeny citlivě. Je lichotivé, že to bylo uznáno za samostatné umělecké dílo a přiznáno i stickerem na albu.
Editorial Reviews
”“★λ★”“     Black Sea is the fifth in a series of remixed & expanded XTC classic albums. The album has been mixed for 5. 1 Surround Sound from the original multi~track studio master tapes by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge & is fully approved by XTC. CD: features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson with many of the bonus tracks also newly mixed by Steven Wilson. 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 new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio. Additional songs from the album sessions in stereo & 5. 1, several newly mixed by Steven Wilson. The original stereo album mix in hi~res stereo + bonus tracks. Instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson) of all new album & 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. Presented in special packaging with expanded booklet & sleeve~notes by Andy Partridge, Dave Gregory, Terry Chambers, Steve Lillywhite & Hugh Padgham.Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.”“★λ★”“     Black Sea: Definitive Edition (Ape House APEBD104, 2017)
Also known as: Star Park, Helium Kidz, The Dukes of Stratosphear
Origin: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Location: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Album release: 12 September 1980 / November 24, 2017
Recorded: June~July 1980
Studio: The Town House, London, England
Record Label: Ape House UK
Duration:     49:55 + 27:32 => 77:27
Tracks:
01. Respectable Street     3:40
02. Generals and Majors     4:08
03. Living Through Another Cuba     4:54
04. Love at First Sight     3:12
05. Rocket from a Bottle     3:37
06. No Language in Our Lungs     4:54
07. Towers of London     5:27
08. Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)     4:21
09. Burning with Optimism’s Flames     4:23
10. Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)     4:03
11. Travels in Nihilon     7:16
BONUS TRACKS:
12. Respectable Street (Single Version)     3:09
13. Smokeless Zone     3:50
14. Don’t Lose Your Temper     2:33
15. Take This Town     4:10
16. Ban The Bomb     2:40
17. Towers of London (Early Version)     6:11
18. The Somnambulist *     4:38
19. A History Of Rock ‘N’ Roll — Andy Partridge     0:21
Personnel:
XTC:
★    Terry Chambers — Tama drums, Tama Snyper drum synthesiser, free form vocals
★    Dave Gregory — guitars, synth, piano, vox humana
★    Colin Moulding — vocals, Epiphone Newport bass
★    Andy Partridge — vocals, guitar, synth
Technical:
★    Hugh Padgham — engineer
Chart performance:
λ     1980: UK Official Charts     #16 
λ     1981: US Billboard 200     #41
details:
”“★λ★”“     Tracks 1~11 from Virgin LP V 2173, 1980
”“★λ★”“     Track 12 from Virgin single VS 407, 1981
”“★λ★”“     Tracks 13~14 and 18 from “Generals and Majors” double single — Virgin VS 365, 1980
”“★λ★”“     Track 15 from Times Square soundtrack — RSO 2658 145, 1980
”“★λ★”“     Track 17 possibly from A Coat of Many Cupboards — Virgin 72438 11900 2 9, 2002
”“★λ★”“     Track 19 from Miniatures: A Sequence of Fifty~One Tiny Masterpieces Edited by Morgan~Fisher — Pipe Records 2, 1980
Blu~Ray:
★    all 19 tracks in high resolution 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixed from the original multi~track tapes* in LPCM and DTS HD MA.
★    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.
★    The original multitrack tape could not be located for B~side track The Sonambulist, so this song has been remastered from the original stereo master tape and Penteo upmixed for surround.Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.
By MARowe on 25 September | 2017 at 3:30 PM
↑↓★↑↓     Every once in a while, a guy named Steven Wilson makes a group of fans deliriously happy. This is especially true if you happen to agree with Mr Wilson on bands that he loves (generally the only ones he’ll work with). In this case, it’s XTC, a band he has consistently worked with to remix their library of loved albums. A few days ago, SW took to social media to inform XTC fans that his next album to be released would be Black Sea.
↑↓★↑↓     Black Sea is XTC’s fourth album. Released in 1980, prior to English Settlement (1982), this album further helped to build on the growing love for this band. By 1980, XTC had released seven singles. Black Sea generated five hit singles all by its lonesome.
↑↓★↑↓     On November 10 (there is some rumor that this SW remix has been be released later than this date. A page from Burning shed directly related to this release has been removed. So…who knows. We’ll stick with November 10 unless proven otherwise.), Black Sea will be released with the new Stereo remix, and a 5.1 Surround mix. As bonuses, there will be a selection of album~related material.
↑↓★↑↓     The CD/BD package has been deliver the 2017 Stereo remix, a surround remix in 96kHz/24~bit LCPM version as well as a DTS~HD version in 96kHz/24~bit. A Stereo 96kHz/24~bit hi res is included on the BD. There is additional songs from the sessions, as well as instrumental versions. Included will be demos (in mostly live form). There are three videos inclusions (“Towers of London”, “Generals & Majors”, “Respectable Street”).  ”“★λ★”“    http://www.musictap.net/
Review
BY MIKE DUQUETTE | OCTOBER 10, 2017
”“★λ★”“    Sgt. Rock (or is that Steven Wilson?) is going to help XTC fans this season with the fifth in an ongoing series of remixes of the beloved Swindon band’s albums for Virgin Records: 1980’s Black Sea.
”“★λ★”“    XTC’s fourth album (and second with the lineup of singer/guitarist Andy Partridge, singer/bassist Colin Moulding, guitarist/keyboardist Dave Gregory and drummer Terry Chambers) was almost immediately praised by critics upon its release, thanks to a potent brace of catchy, frenetic, barbed pop/rock songs (mostly written by Partridge, save for two by Moulding). Singles like “Generals and Majors,” “Towers of London” and “Sgt. Rock is Going to Help Me” were melodic hits built for pogoing; all three hit the U.K. Top 40, with “Sgt. Rock” at No. 16, their highest-charting single at the time. The Steve Lillywhite-produced album was the band’s first Top 20 at home, and at No. 41 became the group’s highest~charting album in America.
”“★λ★”“    Following remixed and expanded reissues of Nonsuch (1992), Drums and WIres (1979), Oranges and Lemons (1989) and Skylarking (1986) between 2013 and 2016, Wilson (with the approval of Partridge) has remixed the album from the original multitrack masters in both standard stereo and 5.1 surround sound. The CD/Blu~ray set follows the “virtual box set” format of the previous titles, with additional bonus audiovisual content. Thus far, that content has been confirmed as:
”“★λ★”“    The stereo mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio and 5.1 surround mix in LPCM and DTS HD Master Audio
”“★λ★”“    Eight additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5.1 surround (also mixed by Wilson), including an unreleased Colin Moulding song, “Ban The Bomb,” and the non~album single “Take This Town”
”“★λ★”“    A presentation of the original album and bonus tracks in their original stereo mixes.
”“★λ★”“    Bonus mixes and instrumental versions overseen by Wilson
”“★λ★”“    Demos
”“★λ★”“    The music videos for “Towers Of London, “Generals and Majors” and “Respectable Street”
”“★λ★”“    The CD portion will feature the new stereo mix and bonus tracks. Packaging includes new notes and interviews with all four band members and album engineer Hugh Padgham. The set is pre~orderable now through the band’s Ape House label store with a street date of November 10; orders from that store will include a postcard signed by Chambers.
Interview with SW:
”“★λ★”“    http://www.innerviews.org/inner/steven-wilson
Website: http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/
Website: http://ape.uk.net/
John McFerrin reviews:
”“★λ★”“    XTC had a much better career than their first few albums suggested they probably would. In the 70s, the band was a NEW WAVE band in all caps; they could write memorable songs, but their preferred approach was to punch the listener in the face with ideas without any let up or restraint, and a lot of their material from these albums gives the sense of a band that wanted to be tough and punk~ish but couldn’t because they were too fey to pull it off. When the 80s came around, though, the band somehow found a way to take this same core approach and make it work; the band was still firmly within the New Wave camp, and the hooks had the same intensity, but they figured out how to graft them into a slightly more conventional pop sensibility, and the results were often magical. Eventually, Andy Partridge (guitars, vocals and one of the main songwriters, along with bassist/vocalist Colin Moulding) had a nervous breakdown that developed into a chronic case of stage fright, and the band was forced into studio~only mold. Rather than hurt the band, this development eventually led to its commercial and critical peak, with the band fully reinventing itself as a non~mainstream mainstream pop band, and the peaks from this era (Skylarking and the 60s~throwback work the band did under the name The Dukes of Stratosphear) make for some of my favorite pop music made after the 70s. Eventually, the band got tied up in some ugliness with its distribution label (Virgin), and the band’s ending was a little unceremonious and anti~climactic, but they were good to the very end.
”“★λ★”“    At first, I didn’t especially care for this band; the vocals (especially Andy’s) and the general prissiness of so much of their output didn’t make me think that I’d ever consider them one of my favorite groups. As much as with any group in my collection, though, my habit of putting my iPod on shuffle greased the skids for them to ascend rapidly in my personal ranks. I had a few of their better regarded albums on my iPod despite my relative lack of familiarity with them, and over and over, I found myself thinking, “Boy, that’s a really fun and clever and interesting song” about their songs when I’d come across them. I eventually got used to the vocals and the band’s approach, and more than that I came to realize that Partridge and Moulding valued the same things in pop music as I do to an extent that could match or exceed any songwriting duo I’d come across short of Lennon and McCartney. Maybe the band’s output wasn’t “important” in the way one might want out of a band rated this highly, and maybe their albums could be just monotonous enough to keep them from consistently reaching the highest echelons of my personal rankings, but they’ve become an important part of my post~60s musical diet, and they absolutely deserve a **** rating in my personal hierarchy. My personal favorites are Black Sea, Skylarking and Chips From the Chocolate Fireball, but most of them have plenty of gems that should satisfy any fan of awkward~but~clever pop~rock.
”“★λ★”“     http://www.johnmcferrinmusicreviews.org/xtc.htm
XTC photos: http://www.newwavephotos.com/XTC.htm
ANDY PARTRIDGE
Birth name: Andrew John Partridge
Also known as: Sir John Johns
Born: 11 November 1953, Mtarfa, Malta
Origin: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer
COLIN MOULDING:
Birth name: Colin Ivor Moulding
Also known as: The Red Curtain, The Colonel
Born: 17 August 1955, Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Genres: Rock, pop
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, singer
Instruments: Bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards
TERRY CHAMBERS:
Born: 18 July 1955, Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Occupation(s): Drummer
BARRY ANDREWS:
Born: 12 September 1956
Origin: West Norwood, London, England
Genres: Funk rock, new wave, art rock, experimental rock
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Vocals, keyboards, piano, guitar, drums, bass
Notes: In 2013, Gregory contributed to the book 1001 Guitars to Dream of Playing Before You Die.
Discography:
★    White Music (1978)
★    Go 2 (1978)
★    Drums and Wires (1979)
★    Take Away / The Lure of Salvage (1980) — Virgin Records — Record containing dub versions of XTC tracks. Originally released as by “Mr. Partridge”.
★    Black Sea (1980)
★    English Settlement (1982)
★    Mummer (1983)
★    The Big Express (1984)
★    25 O’Clock (1985, as the Dukes of Stratosphear)
★    Skylarking (1986)
★    Psonic Psunspot (1987, as the Dukes of Stratosphear)
★    Oranges & Lemons (1989)
★    Nonsuch (1992)
★    Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)
★    Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) (2000)
EP:
★    3D — EP (7 October 1977)
★    Go + (October 1978) 6~song EP of dub mixes, included with first edition of Go2, reissued with Take Away/The Lure of Salvage on Explode Together
★    Live & More EP (April 1981 — Japan Only)
★    5 Senses EP (September 1981 — Canada Only)
★    Demo Tracks (July 1992 — Japan Only)
★    A Hello Selection (November 1994) (Andy Partridge) limited edition 4~song EP of demos, only available to members of They Might Be Giants’ Hello Recording Club
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

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