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Fuzzy Warbles Vol. 2

XTC, Andy Partridge Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ape House
  • ASIN: B00007FKQQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ridgeway Path
2. I Donít Want To Be Here
3. Young Marrieds
4. No One Here Available
5. Obscene Procession
6. Miller Time
7. Youíre The Wish You Are I Had
8. Ra Ra Rehearsal
9. Ra Ra For Red Rocking Horse
10. Everythingíll Be Alright
11. 25 Oíclock
12. GOOM
13. Chain Of Command
14. All Of A Sudden
15. Summerís Cauldron
16. Then She Appeared
17. Itís Snowing Angels
18. Ship Trapped In The Ice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid collection of demos 20 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
Not the most appropriate introduction to the music of Andy Partridge, and not for the casual XTC fan, but well worth it for those who know what to expect from a man whose demos are usually as highly produced as the final versions. Highlights from this volume: "I Don't Want To Be Here", unfortunately left off Wasp Star, "Everything'll Be Alright", from Andy's ill-fated James and the Giant Peach soundtrack, and "Ship Trapped in the Ice", about XTC's travails with Virgin Records. Even if you already have many of these tracks on the various boots floating around out there, it is almost worth purchasing this disc solely to get your hands on "I Don't Want To Be Here", which isn't in fact the demo version but rather one done in the studio with Colin on bass and second vocals!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Partridge Outakes#2 5 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Only someone as talented as Andy Partridge, XTC's expert songwriter could get away with releasing his outakes. Don't be put off however, these are no boot sale rejects. The Fuzzy Warbles series give a unique insight into this countrys finest pop word/tunesmith's songwriting methods. Some tracks are rough and unfinished, others such as "I Dont Want To Be Here" are highly polished gems. There are some extra curiosities too, like Andy's Bob Marley style telephone answer message "No One Here Available", so good i've got it on my phone!
Volume 2 is the best in the Fuzzy Warbles series to date (ten volumes to come in all!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abject No Subsidiaries 21 Dec 2002
By Ratnik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Less varied than Fuzzy the First, volume II kicks in with "I Don't Want To Be Here" (after an introductory warm-up serving of moog noodles), follows with "Young Marrieds," continues with a near perfect answering machine message...
I can't get these melodies out of my head, which is not uncommon for Andy or XTC. There is a great blend of never-before-released material and the obligatory completist demo tracks here, and the disc vacillates languidly betwixt and between the two.
Yes, the Dukes are well represented as well, albeit as alternate identities to the already alternate identity which identifies them already. (Got that?) Completists should have no complaints about the content here, and if future volumes ... offer notes (and coins) as appealing as these, that trend should continue. Unlike Fuzzy 1, however, the liner notes seem less interesting. Perhaps the novelty was wearing off; perhaps Andy got tired of writing; perhaps the real liner notes were confiscated by a former record label or manager, and these were hastily substituted only minutes prior to pressing. Who can say? Who will say?
My redheaded stepchild (no, really) is already singing "Everything'll Be Alright," which makes me want to pack up and move to Swindon, buy the house next door, and convince Mr. P to go ahead and take the less-than-generous deal those movie makers across the pond made (next time) and see what doors it might open down the road. (I feel I've mixed a metaphor there, but some things can't be helped.)
Get this disc for that brother-in-law whose CD collection spans the length of a city block and keep it for yourself. He'll wind up getting his own anyway, you know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Partridge warbles another fine set of demo gems 15 Feb 2003
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fuzzy Warbles Volume Two gathers more gems from Andy Partridge's dusty hall closet. While not as immediately compelling as the first volume, #2 has a number of tracks that can hold their own with the best the XTC songwriter has written. The James & The Giant Peach demo Everything'll Be Alright proves that Disney was really acting Goofy when they elected to go with Randy Newman (the squable was over rights and money which is a pity as, despite Newman's great back catalog,Partridge's songs were clearly superior).
The XTC charity release I Don't Want To Be Here is the hit single that never was. Recorded by Andy and Colin (Dave Gregory wasn't around), this terrific song has a lilting melody and strong performance. It's actually not really a demo but a complete recording with Andy & Colin playing all the instruments.
The loopy It's Snowing Angels and Wasp Star outtake Ship Trapped in The Ice are nice obscurities that any hardcore XTC fan will need to add to their collection. Oh, and the studio banter recorded during the false starts for That Wave are funny as all get out. Andy does a killer impersonation of The Cure's Robert Smith and Bob Dylan. Now we finally know what an XTC tribute album including these artists would sound like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Artist At Work 16 Feb 2013
By Sandman - Published on Amazon.com
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Andy Partridge is most impressive, as this series will attest. Even his out takes are better than most artists' best work.
4.0 out of 5 stars More exhumed goodies... 29 Sep 2012
By ewomack - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's suggestion: perhaps a brave band from Swindon sacrificed their existence so the rest of civilization could survive Y2K? The panic seems downright quaint now, but planes could have fallen from the sky due to a flaw in COBOL. Malt mixers could have reversed with hideous consequences! Maybe? In any case, the human race didn't end up facing an H.G. Wellian rounding error tragedy, but they did face a Y2K XTC problem. Apart from the swan song "Wasp Star" and a few scraps the new millennium has remained devoid of the second, but far less acclaimed, fab four. Or three. No, wait, two. See? Y2K! See the sacrifice they made?

OK, well, those of us who still mourn the passing of one of the most intelligent and fun bands of that last past century have to find coping mechanisms. Thankfully, Andy Partridge provided a better avenue than empty myth-making or self-flagellation. He opened his cornucopia of demos that have piled up over the years and that surely burst forth from his closet like a rainbow Krakatoa. Hence the "Fuzzy Warbles" series. Though Colin bowed out and contributed no demos of his own, he nonetheless appears here and there.

Volume One must have seemed like an oasis covered with pudding and Turkish Delight to those wandering aimlessly in the vast XTC desert that Y2K brought on - it must have. Volume Two continues the giddy show with more incredible unreleased tracks - though some had appeared on XTC fan club collections.

"I Don't Want to Be Here" features an undubbed and raw Andy and Colin cranking out a (new) classic song for an AIDS benefit album that appeared in 2002. This one is the definite money track of this disc. "Young Marrieds," another exhumed goodie, presents the miserable side of a marriage gone wrong. Most of us have had relationships like the one described sardonically here, especially back in the "stay at home and watch a video" days. A few "Skylarking" outtakes grace the set list, including the very un-Skylarking sounding "Obscene Procession" and the slightly lyrically confounding "Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse." Then the extremely optimistic because it was written for a children's movie "Everything'll Be Alright" provides enough life affirming pick me up to end suicide for a generation. The good but not atom-splitting "It's Snowing Angels" and "Ship Trapped in the Ice" round out the set nicely.

The flip side of these collections are the demos of already recorded songs. Insane fans will of course love these for the most part, but some may like them more than others. As with volume one, plenty more appear here. "Summers Cauldron" and "All of a Sudden" probably remain the most interesting since they differ the most from the released versions. Some interesting instrumentals with great titles such as "Goom" and "Miller Time" also weave throughout the collection.

Volume Two repeats the format of Volume One, though with probably only slightly, very slightly, no more than a mere nano-intensity than its predecessor. XTC fans, once again, will break their legs dancing with spastic joy at these manna from heaven releases. They let us all know that even more great stuff was happening apart from the band's spellbinding releases. If only more would appear. Though a follow-up to "Rag And Bone Buffet" was proposed on Partridge's APE records website, it has yet to appear. And supposedly the band has surmounted their squabbles. Maybe? Some twelve years on, things don't look optimistic. So enjoy these Warbles just in case.
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 26 April 2010
By DW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although shorter than Vol. 1 (50 mins.), this collection contains a better selection of Andy Partridge's warbles. Ship Trapped In The Ice is now one of my favorite XTC songs (even though they never recorded it). Some ideas would be fully fleshed out on other album songs but you can't deny the genius of Young Marrieds, Ra Ra for Red Rockinghorse or It's Snowing Angels.

Get into the mind of greatness.

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