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Chips from the Chocolate Fireball Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005AV1R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 25 O'Clock (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. You're A Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel) (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Collideascope (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. You're My Drug (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen14. Brainiac's Daughter (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Chips from the Chocolate Fireball by the Dukes of Stratosphear--vocalist Sir John Johns, bassist The Red Curtain, guitarist Lord Cornelius Plum and drummer EIEI Owen--was a cunning ruse, an academically brilliant pastiche executed by Swindon's XTC in the mid-1980s. In terms of humour and artistry, the 16 tracks included here outwit The Rutles by some distance. The attention to detail is astonishingly refined: Yep, there's mellotrons, garage-band guitars, gongs, bongos, phased vocals, tapes going backwards, sitars, snippets of pot-headed fairytale poetry and a fair amount of cheekily crafted impersonation--Lennon's "I'm Only Sleeping" on "Collideascope", Younger Than Yesterday-era Byrds on "You're My Drug", the brilliant Syd Barrett-eque "Bike Ride To The Moon (with Andy Partridge's affected Cambridge accent) and a host of other ideas cribbed from the likes of the Electric Prunes, the Idle Race, Tomorrow, the Move, Smile-era Beach Boys, the Hollies and--most of all--the Beatles. Chips From The Chocolate Fireball is possibly the most admirable instance of fraudulence in the history of pop. --Kevin Maidment

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim Underhill on 14 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
XTC's time machine lands in 1967,with paisley swirls dancing upon a string tape-laden Mellotron. A masterpiece of two albums - 25 O'clock and Psonic Psunspot ( get them on vinyl if only for the covers ) is this CD only release, and it is a worthy addition to the collection of anyone with ears to hear. There's so many influences being channelled here that to list them would be pointless. ( And probably had already been done ). Suffice to say, any pop/ psych combo from 1967/68 gets a musical nod from Messrs Moulding, Partridge and both Gregory brothers. It goes without saying that the musicianship is excellent, use of period backline, guitars and keyboards faultless, and attention to detail inspiring, particularly Dave Gregory's carefully crafted guitar parts, and Colin Moulding's inspirational basslines, even more so when apparently he was the least enthusiastic about the project. Everyone should have a copy of the album - essential listening, especially with headphones on...pan-tastic heaven! Even the original atomic run out groove message is on there.. class!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Dukes of Strastosphear are XTC, s indulgence, a chance to play the music they listened to in their youth, namely 60,s era psychedelic. Chips from a Chocolate Fireball are a compilation featuring all the material from both of the albums they produced under that moniker. ("Psionic Psunspot" and "25 O, Clock") It's a remarkable pastiche featuring all the requisite elements needed. Backward guitars phased out vocal effects, bongo's tabla, s and more woozy keyboards than you could shake a joss stick at. Of course the lyrics are eccentric too without descending into wearisome wacky territory. What really makes this such a special album though and where Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding are concerned this shouldn't be that big a surprise is the quality of the songs. Every single track on here has something to offer and half a dozen are flagrantly brilliant.
"Vanishing Girl" revels in an irresistible pristine guitar melody. "Collideascope" has chunky swirls of reverse looped guitars and an insistent sing along chorus. "You're a good man Albert Brown" is a piano led stonker sung with a cod Cockney verve by Partridge while "Mole from the Ministry " is a monstrous Beatleesque anthem with kiddy choir backing and Wagnerian all enveloping sound. It's fantastic. "Pale and precious" is made of far more fragile material but it wears it Beach Boy heart on its sleeve and by the second verse has morphed into another joyous celebration of euphonious brilliance.
This whole album is almost like a celebration of music and its diversity, all be it within the confines of one genre. It showcases how unashamedly enjoyable beautifully crafted songs can be and 60,s obsession or not, that's something that will never go out of fashion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Underhill on 14 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
XTC's time machine lands in 1967,with paisley swirls dancing upon a string tape-laden Mellotron. A masterpiece of two albums - 25 O'clock and Psonic Psunspot ( get them on vinyl if only for the covers ) is this CD only release, and it is a worthy addition to the collection of anyone with ears to hear. There's so many influences being channelled here that to list them would be pointless. ( And probably had already been done ). Suffice to say, any pop/ psych combo from 1967/68 gets a musical nod from Messrs Moulding, Partridge and both Gregory brothers. It goes without saying that the musicianship is excellent, use of period backline, guitars and keyboards faultless, and attention to detail inspiring, particularly Dave Gregory's carefully crafted guitar parts, and Colin Moulding's inspirational basslines, even more so when apparently he was the least enthusiastic about the project. Everyone should have a copy of the album - essential listening, especially with headphones on...pan-tastic heaven! Even the Tuli Kupferberg-esqe run out groove message is on there.. class!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 4 July 2004
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Chips from the Chocolate Fireball (sadly not reissued with the artwork that came with the originals- though with a pleasant remastering)was a 1987-compilation taking in the two mini-LPs released by The Dukes of Stratosphear. The Dukes...were the alter-ego of XTC, developed in the period following their live retirement & loss of drummer (English Settlement onwards). They memorably got a thank you on the sleevenotes of Skylarking (1986)! Like The Rutles, The Dukes... took pastiche to a deeply original level- rather than plumping for a record of cover-versions, The Dukes got at one with their psych-selves & recorded songs very much in the style of various 60s heroes- from The Beatles to The Yardbirds to Pink Floyd to The Move to The Electric Prunes to The Hollies to The Zombies to The Byrds to...It got stuff out of there system and appeared to contribute to the originality of the great XTC LPs Skylarking & Oranges & Lemons (1989).
The Dukes...weren't the sole act getting psychedelic in the 1980s- psych-peers at the time included Banshees/Cure-side project The Glove (influenced by The Prisoner & Yellow Submarine amongst other things), the so-called Paisley Underground & the classic World Shut Your Mouth/Fried double-set from Julian Cope. The first six songs come from 25 O'Clock (1985), which is the superior of the two mini-LPs; the title track has a vocal very reminiscent of Julian Cope, while the first two opening tracks smack very much of Syd's Floyd (with nods to I Had too Much to Dream Last Night, Time & pre-Dark Side Floyd too!). They make an exercise in postmodern intertextuality fun though!; this CD remains perfect music for parties!
My Love Explodes has a feel not unlike Over Under Sideways Down, while What in the World (which almost became a film!
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