Compact XTC: The Singles 1978-1985

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
An expanded version of 1983's excellent singles compilation Waxworks, Compact XTC: The Singles 1978-1985 is simply that: all of the group's singles from 1978's White Music to 1985's The Big Express, in chronological order and including the misbegotten attempt at writing a proper hit single, 1980's "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down," which wisely never appeared on any XTC album. Even more so than Waxworks, Compact XTC makes plain the remarkable transformation that took place in XTC's first five years, from the jittery new wave pop of "Science Friction" to the defiantly '60s-inspired acoustic-based neo-psychedelia of "Wonderland" and "Love on a Farmboy's Wages." There are many...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
An expanded version of 1983's excellent singles compilation Waxworks, Compact XTC: The Singles 1978-1985 is simply that: all of the group's singles from 1978's White Music to 1985's The Big Express, in chronological order and including the misbegotten attempt at writing a proper hit single, 1980's "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down," which wisely never appeared on any XTC album. Even more so than Waxworks, Compact XTC makes plain the remarkable transformation that took place in XTC's first five years, from the jittery new wave pop of "Science Friction" to the defiantly '60s-inspired acoustic-based neo-psychedelia of "Wonderland" and "Love on a Farmboy's Wages." There are many brilliant pop songs here, including Andy Partridge's "Senses Working Overtime" and "This Is Pop" and Colin Moulding's "Making Plans for Nigel" and "Life Begins at the Hop." Completely solid though this 18-track sampler is, it doesn't tell the complete story of how XTC got from point A to point B; for that, refer to the seven original albums this compilation is drawn from.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 077778647621
  • Catalog Number: 86476
  • Sales rank: 49,799

Album Credits

Performance Credits
XTC Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Andy Partridge Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
XTC Producer
Bob Sargeant Producer, Audio Production
Phil Thornalley Audio Production
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producer, Audio Production
John Leckie Producer, Audio Production
Steve Lillywhite Producer, Audio Production
David Lord Producer, Audio Production
Colin Moulding Composer
Steve Nye Producer, Audio Production
Hugh Padgham Producer, Audio Production
Martin Rushent Producer, Audio Production
Phil Wainman Producer, Audio Production
Jason Leckie Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lot of great songs

    "Sgt. Rock," "Majors and Generals" and "Life at the Hop" are some really catchy tunes. "Senses Working Overtime" is probably XTC's biggest hit ever. "Great Fire" and "Love on a Farmboy's Wages" are just beautiful songs. "Making Plans for Nigel" was also a huge hit. Listen to the music samples on your computer.

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