A Coat of Many Cupboards

A Coat of Many Cupboards

by XTC


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A Coat of Many Cupboards

As befits one of the most complicated bands in modern rock music, this four-disc, 60-song retrospective offers up one of the more complex, dizzying historical tales imaginable -- one you can even dance to if you put your mind to it. While XTC have been virtually absent from the stage for more than two decades -- thanks in large part to Andy Partridge's reluctance to face the public -- the sprinkling of early live material indicates that the band could turn many a head in concert. That ability is demonstrated here by tracks like the frenetic "Traffic Light Rock," recorded live in Liverpool in 1977, and an assured, florid medley of "Atom Age," "Hang On to the Night," and "Neon Shuffle," captured in Australia two years later. Most of the Cupboards are stuffed with alternate takes of tunes well known to X-ficionados; palpably altered mixes of "Life Begins at the Hop" and "Towers of London" (a rendition that, for some reason, was rejected by the band's label) rub up against unpolished but uncanny demos such as "Science Friction" (the oldest tune presented here) and a haunting "Dear God." The set is likewise peppered with previously unreleased songs covering most of XTC's 15 years with Virgin; from the hectic "Fireball Mk 5" (which never made it onto White Music) to the discretely layered "Sleepyheads" (excised from Drums and Wires), the ephemera goes a long way toward tracking the growth within the band. That's just as evident in the raft of demos from the band's later, more bucolic period -- spare takes on "Mayor of Simpleton" and "King for a Day" -- that could pass for pop-world CAT scans of ultimately epic works. The lavish package, replete with multiple compartments and the like, contains a 60-page booklet outfitted with track-by-track notes by Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding and an essay by XTC expert Harrison Sherwood. To be sure, the cupboards are anything but bare.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/2002
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0724381190029
catalogNumber: 11900

Album Credits

Performance Credits

XTC   Primary Artist
Andy Partridge   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Barry Andrews   Keyboards,Vocals
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Terry Chambers   Drums
David Gregory   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron
Pat Mastelotto   Drums
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Colin Moulding   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Peter Phipps   Drums
Prarie Prince   Drums

Technical Credits

Todd Rundgren   Producer,Engineer
XTC   Producer
Clive Langer   Producer
Andy Partridge   Producer,Engineer
John Caulfield   Engineer
John Cornfield   Engineer
Gus Dudgeon   Producer
Paul Fox   Producer
Howard Gray   Engineer
David Gregory   Engineer,drum programming
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Andy Jackson   Engineer
Chris Jenkins   Engineer
John Leckie   Producer,Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
David Lord   Producer
Colin Moulding   Engineer
Steve Nye   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Padgham   Engineer
Ed Thacker   Engineer
Alan Winstanley   Producer,Engineer
Cameron Allan   Producer
Chris Blake   Engineer
Glenn Tommey   Engineer
Phil Vinall   Engineer
Keith Walker   Engineer
Steve Warren   Engineer
Annie Nightingale   Presentation
Andrew Swainson   Cover Art,Booklet Design

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