Psonic Psunspot [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Anybody who heard the Dukes of Stratosphear's 1985 EP 25 O'Clock was left wanting more, so the full-length Psonic Psunspot sequel was welcomed warmly upon its 1987 release. Like most sequels, Psonic Psunspot pales slightly when compared to its predecessor, and not simply because the LP lacks the surprise of the EP. 25 O'Clock may have only been six tracks, but they were densely packed, containing enough studio tricks and allusions for a triple album. Psonic Psunspot doesn't play quite the same way: the tracks aren't as ornate and the songs aren't all necessarily patterned after specific '60s singles or artists, the way they were on the EP. All this gives Psonic ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Anybody who heard the Dukes of Stratosphear's 1985 EP 25 O'Clock was left wanting more, so the full-length Psonic Psunspot sequel was welcomed warmly upon its 1987 release. Like most sequels, Psonic Psunspot pales slightly when compared to its predecessor, and not simply because the LP lacks the surprise of the EP. 25 O'Clock may have only been six tracks, but they were densely packed, containing enough studio tricks and allusions for a triple album. Psonic Psunspot doesn't play quite the same way: the tracks aren't as ornate and the songs aren't all necessarily patterned after specific '60s singles or artists, the way they were on the EP. All this gives Psonic Psunspot the feel of a slightly psychedelicized XTC pop album, never quite getting as far out as 25 O'Clock, but this is all relative, because compared to the pop of 1987, even the echoes out of the paisley underground, this is plenty trippy -- and plenty poppy, for that matter. There are exceptions to the allusion rule -- "Pale and Precious" is an unapologetic Beach Boys patchwork; "Have You Seen Jackie" is another salute to Syd Barrett; and Colin Moulding's "Vanishing Girl," arguably the best song here, refers to the Hollies -- but the album feels less like an homage and more like XTC playing heavily to their pop side, tossing off little sparkling gems like "Little Lighthouse," "Collideascope," and "Brainiac's Daughter" (although the single and standout "You're a Good Man Albert Brown [Curse You Red Barrel]" is unmistakably a music hall romp that fits the '60s concept). And whenever XTC play to their pop side, the results tend to be pretty hard to resist and that's the case here -- maybe it's not quite as epochal as 25 O'Clock, but it's a fine companion all the same. [The 2009 expanded reissue of Psonic Psunspot -- which marks the first time the album has been reissued as its own entity -- was expanded by six bonus tracks, every one of them a demo from a song on the album. None of these are greatly different from the final versions -- the biggest difference is that "Vanishing Girl" was once called "No One at Home" -- but they're all good and all of interest to the collectors who would be enticed by their presence in the first place.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Ape
  • UPC: 881626410820
  • Catalog Number: 24

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vanishing Girl (2:59)
  2. 2 Have You Seen Jackie? (3:20)
  3. 3 Little Lighthouse (4:30)
  4. 4 You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel) (3:37)
  5. 5 Collideascope (3:22)
  6. 6 You're My Drug (3:17)
  7. 7 Shiny Cage (3:16)
  8. 8 Braniac's Daughter (3:58)
  9. 9 The Affiliated (2:30)
  10. 10 Pale and Precious (4:55)
  11. 11 No One at Home (2:51)
  12. 12 Little Lighthouse (5:19)
  13. 13 Collideascope (3:05)
  14. 14 Shiny Cage (3:13)
  15. 15 Braniac's Daughter (1:49)
  16. 16 The Affiliated (5:00)
  17. 17 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dukes of Stratosphear Primary Artist
Sir John Johns Track Performer
Lord Cornelius Plum Track Performer
E.I.E.I. Owen Track Performer
Technical Credits
Andy Partridge Composer
John Leckie Producer
Colin Moulding Composer
Sir John Johns Cover Art
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