The first of XTC’s three copper-bottomed classics – the others being Skylarking and Apple Venus Vol 1. All of which is not to belittle the band’s other post-Drums and Wire releases, every one of which is uniformly excellent.
With the obvious exception of Badfinger who didn’t produce nearly as many top notch stuff, was any band’s career afflicted with more wretched bad luck than Swindon’s finest? The fact that ES’s master multi tracks are still AWOL and can’t receive the Steven Wilson 5.1 treatment until they are found is just one example of the wretched turns of fate that bedeviled the band.
There is, however, a pretty decent sonic upgrade from a couple of years back which I will spin in honor of messers Partridge, Moulding, Gregory and Chambers’ honor later today. Will have to wait until I’ve finished spinning the ancient vinyl copy of Todd that I recently cleaned back to something approaching rude good health.