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Now the stuff of legend, XTC were holed up with eccentric producer Todd Rundgren for this 1986 album in which band and producer battled, sniped and argued throughout. You'd never guess listening to the more pastoral parts of the record and despite what the band think, it's a really great album. This version is the reverse polarity edition which sorted out some of the original album's sound issues. Also includes notorious US hit 'Dear God' which was inexplicably left off the original album.  

English Settlement

English Settlement was the moment when XTC decided to do what every band should do at some point in their lifetime  - make the sprawling over-indulged double album. Yet it was this freedom that enabled the band to play in different styles other than their hitherto seen arty agit pop. It marked a move towards the the eccentric and pastoral music they would subsequently mine over the rest of their career and it spawned a top 10 hit in Senses Working Overtime. It might take you a week to get through it but it will be worth it.   
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King Crimson
In The Court of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) [50th Anniversary Edition]

A 50th anniversary edition of one of rock music’s most iconic debut albums - not least for its iconic and unsettling artwork. King Crimson’s In The Court of The Crimson King was one of the first proper visions for progressive rock, and comes on a re-mastered 2xLP package featuring alternate takes of albums tracks on disc two, or a 3xCD + Blu-Ray set. 

King Crimson
1972 – 1974

King Crimson 1972-74 includes Red (a favourite album of Kurt Cobain), Larks’ Tongues In Aspic and Starless And Bible Black (first time on vinyl in this remixed form). The LP box includes the 40th anniversary version that were remixed by King of King Crimson Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson. Pressed on 200g vinyl and features a 24 page booklet.

Apple Venus Vol. I

Not many bands release their finest album 20+ years into their career but XTC aren't really like other bands. After a long lay off whilst they were in a contract dispute with Virgin, the band returned in 1999 with this stunning collection of pastoral and orchestrated pop music. Great throughout, the final three songs are the best of their career. Surely this is Swindon's answer to Pet Sounds. 

King Crimson
In The Court of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)

In The Court of The Crimson King (An Observation by King Crimson) is an LP which deserves a place in every record collection. The cover alone gives it a presence on the shelves within the ranks of other LPs, but the real twinkling gems are, of course, the classic, heavy prog of 21st Century Schizoid Man, the delicate psychedelia of I Talk to The Wind and the epic which is The Court of The Crimson King. The vinyl weighs in at a hefty 200g but the songs are so much heavier in so many ways.

Wasp Star (Apple Venus Vol II)

Thank the lord the mooted double Apple Venus album was split into two and therefore the magnificent Apple Venus Vol 1 could stand on it's own two feet. Wasp Star was a more muscular, guitar orientated XTC album but lacks the colour provided by the departed Dave Gregory's guitar playing and arrangements. A good album but always trails slightly in the wake to it's predecessor.