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El Marco | SF Bay Area USA | 08/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I like the music on this collection. However the sound quality is uneven. The treble on "The Mayor Of Simpleton" for example is blistering. Not all cuts suffer from this problem so if you intend to listen to the songs back to back you will need to repeatedly adjust your eq to make things bearable."
"Making Plans" to improve your CD collection, then add this
Armchair Pundit | Durham City, England. | 06/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What have we got here then? let me tell you, 31 tracks of imaginative, energetic, addictive poprock with intelligent lyrics, that's what.
The first CD I've bought for three years. And the wait was worth it, by a group that wasn't well known here, nor in the US. Shame, but life's like that sometime.
The first song that made me sit up and notice them was "Making Plans for Nigel"(1979), that one got quite a bit of airplay over here.
Their highest chart success was "Senses Working Overtime", which reached number 10 in the UK charts.
A group that has had more then it's fair share of bad luck.
(Andy Partridge's stage fright at one point, didn't help matters.)
But a group that's always worth a listen!
Every fan of XTC will have their own favourites, but for me standout tracks are:~
Life begins at the Hop
Making Plans for Nigel
Generals and Majors(originally a double A side with "Don't lose your Temper", that track is absent from this release)
Towers of London
Sgt.Rock(Is going to help me)
Senses working Overtime
Ball and Chain
Love on a Farmboys Wages
The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
If your fed-up listening to the same old stuff in your collection, try this one.
Life begins at the hop.. Boys and Girls.
(Noteworthy XTC albums, English Settlement, Skylarking.)"
Great music from great writers.
E. Goldstein | Illinois, USA | 01/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well what did I expect! It's a greatest hits from a great pair of writers. I love every track. My only wish is that they would have included Dear Madam Barnum! Oh Well. Still one of my favorite discs from one of my favorite bands!!!!!"