Price: £16.99
Format: cd/blu-ray
Artist: XTC as the Dukes of Stratosphear
Availability: 11-10-2019
CatNo: APEBD120
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XTC Dukes of Stratosphear Psurroundabout Ride CD_Blu-ray
Psurroundabout Ride gathers all of the Dukes’ material on a CD/Blu-Ray set, with both of the band’s albums (plus 2 extra tracks) remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson (approved by Andy Partridge).
 
Produced by John Leckie (Swami Anand Nagara) and The Dukes.
 
Sir John Johns and the notoriously reclusive E.I. E.I. Owen will each sign a number of cards for initial buyers of Psurroundabout Ride. The cards will be randomly allocated, so purchasers may get either signature with their purchase.
 
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* Both albums + 2 extra tracks mixed in 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson on Blu-Ray (with a final song up-mixed to surround using the Penteo audio system)
* All 19 songs in their original mixes in hi-res stereo (Blu-Ray)
* 18 songs appear in their new mixes in hi-res stereo (Blu-Ray)]
* Complete demos from both albums & instrumental versions of album songs also feature in hi-res stereo on the Blu-Ray
 
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Sometimes it pays to be a studio band… Between 1980 (when they were still performing live) and 1989, XTC wrote, recoded and released a series of albums from Black Sea to Oranges & Lemons that cemented the band’s reputation as songwriters and recording artists almost without parallel in the UK. They may not have sold as many as some and they tended to sell more in Japan and America than on home soil. They may not be as famous as other bands of the era but, to many of those with discerning ears, they’re rated among the very best, the select few who rise above their contemporaries…
 
As if six stellar albums in ten years including two double LPs, in an era when the advent of digital technology and CDs left many artists struggling to issue one or two albums in the same period, wasn’t enough, the band also issued two albums under completely different names as The Dukes of Stratosphear, an unashamedly psychedelic ensemble which phased and flanged in and out of existence in 1985 and 1987 respectively… (Though rumours continue to circulate of an earlier proto Merseybeat/Brit Blues incarnation of the band under yet another name..)
 
No need for mushrooms, simply position yourself between 6 speakers, play the blu-ray, relax and float downstream, as the music takes you to places unimagined, even in the original summer of love… 
 
Psychedelic Pswindon so much to answer for….

 

CD:
19 songs, 18 newly mixed from the original master tapes by Steven Wilson.
 
Blu-Ray:
Complete Dukes’ recordings in original & new stereo mixes, 5,1 surround mixes, instrumental versions & complete demos all in hi-res sound. 
 
NTSC, Zone ABC
 
DTS-HD MA 5.1 & LPCM 5.1
 
2019 5.1 mixes, hi-res stereo & instrumental
 
25 O'Clock
 
1 25 O'Clock
2 Bike Ride to the Moon
3 My Love Explodes
4 What in the World??
5 Your Gold Dress
6 The Mole From the Ministry
 
Psonic Psunspot
 
7 Vanishing Girl
8 Have You Seen Jackie?
9 Little Lighthouse
10 You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
11 Collideascope
12 You're My Drug
13 Shiny Cage
14 Brainiac's Daughter
15 The Affiliated
16 Pale and Precious
 
Additional tracks
 
Later recordings
 
1 Open a Can of Human Beans *
2 Black Jewelled Serpent of Sound (Radio Caroline Edit)
3 Tin Toy Clockwork Train
 
* upmixed from original stereo master via Penteo
 
Original stereo mixes, hi-res stereo
 
25 O'Clock
 
1 25 O'Clock
2 Bike Ride to the Moon
3 My Love Explodes
4 What in the World??
5 Your Gold Dress
6 The Mole From the Ministry
 
Psonic Psunspot
 
7 Vanishing Girl
8 Have You Seen Jackie?
9 Little Lighthouse
10 You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
11 Collideascope
12 You're My Drug
13 Shiny Cage
14 Brainiac's Daughter
15 The Affiliated
16 Pale and Precious
 
Demos
 
25 O'Clock
 
1 25 O'Clock (Demo)
2 Bike Ride to the Moon (Demo)
3 My Love Explodes (Demo)
4 What in the World??... (Demo)
5 Nicely Nicely Jane (Demo)
6 Susan Revolving (Demo)
 
Psonic Psunspot
 
7 No One at Home (Vanishing Girl Demo)
8 Little Lighthouse (Demo)
9 Collideascope (Demo)
10 Shiny Cage (Demo)
11 Brainiac's Daughter (Demo)
12 The Affiliated (Demo)
 
DTS-HD MA & Stereo 24/96
 
2019 stereo mixes
 
25 O'Clock
 
1 25 O'Clock
2 Bike Ride to the Moon
3 My Love Explodes
4 What in the World??
5 Your Gold Dress
6 The Mole From the Ministry
 
Psonic Psunspot
 
7 Vanishing Girl
8 Have You Seen Jackie?
9 Little Lighthouse
10 You're a Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)
11 Collideascope
12 You're My Drug
13 Shiny Cage
14 Brainiac's Daughter
15 The Affiliated
16 Pale and Precious
 
17 Open a Can of Human Beans **
18 Black Jewelled Serpent of Sound (Radio Caroline Edit)
19 Tin Toy Clockwork Train
 
** original stereo