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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Japanese 24-bit remastered reissue of 1986 album. Packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. Including the bonus track 'Dear God'.


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All Artists: XTC
Title: Skylarking
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Phantom Sound & Visi
Release Date: 5/16/2001
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


Album Description
Japanese 24-bit remastered reissue of 1986 album. Packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. Including the bonus track 'Dear God'.

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Masterpiece gets proper treatment it deserves
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 05/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"XTC is a love them or hate them type of band. I've found very few folks that fall between these extremes. Skylarking is an album that almost everyone in the latter camp likes and for good reason; it's a stunning song cycle that recalls the greatness of the Beach Boys, Kinks and Beatles best recordings without apeing them. This edition returns the album to the glory it deserves; the sound quality is comparable to the MFS gold disc and the packaging is terrific. Ian Cooper should be commended for his work here--he manages to turn his craft into a fine art. Thankfully, Cooper returned to the original configuration of the album (Skylarking was resequenced for the US market when Dear God became a alternative hit. Sadly one of Andy Partridge's finest songs Mermaid Smiled was dropped in the process)and added Dear God as a bonus track. While the import version was like this in many countries, there wasn't a consistency to the album. It reminded me of the way the Beatles, Stones and Kinks albums were reconfigured for the US market; while doing so helped market more commerical product it slighted the original works. The same is certainly true here as well.The band has struggled over the years to come up with an album as consistent (Nonsvch and Apple Venus Volume 1 come darn close) as this work. Despite the unpleasant time the band had working with Todd Rundgren, their collaboration resulted in the best collaboration between producer and performer since the days of George Martin and The Beatles.My only disappointment is in the fact that Virgin chose not to include the demos that were released as b sides. While they weren't of the same production quality (and in some cases lacked the cohesion of the best songs here), Skylarking would have been more complete with them (even if they were put on a second disc) than without them. A great big fan's thank you to both Ian Cooper, the band and, yes, even Virgin for the extra effort that went into getting this right."
Fresh as morning dew
frank perno | grand island, new york USA | 10/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i have the original cd of skylarking, the mobile fidelity gold cd, and this newly remastered edition. this is by far and away the best of them all. background vocals and crispness of the drums are the most noticable far as song quality, this is the true gem in xtc,s catalog.todd rundgren has never produced a bad album for another group that was not his own,and this is probably his best.amongst all the agony between him and andy partridge they came up with a remarkable piece of art. a top 100 cd on any serious listeners list."
Superb remaster. A gem
Dane E. Petersen | Plano, Texas United States | 03/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All the XTC albums sound phenomenally better than the original CD versions, and this one is testament to why it's Andy Partridge's masterpiece. Nice that the bonus material is now at the end of the CD, rather than in the middle. This one is interesting to hear for the original sequencing of songs, putting "Dear God" as a bonus. "Mermaid Smiled"--why was this left off the original CD? Great tune. Everyone should own this album."