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Go 2 [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

XTC Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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XTC hailed from Swindon to cultivate a legacy of highly original British pop born from their early punk/new wave roots in the late 70s. Their angular yet melodic songs, lead by distinctive jagged riffs boasted the catchiest of pop sensibilities which was then injected with an edginess by the darker overtones of astute and often political lyrics. Throughout their career, from the jerky earlier ... Read more in Amazon's XTC Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005ATHK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!) (2001 - Remaster) 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian) (2001 - Remaster) 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Buzzcity Talking (2001 - Remaster) 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Crowded Room (2001 - Remaster) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Rhythm (2001 - Remaster) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Red (2001 - Remaster) 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beatown (2001 - Remaster) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Life Is Good In The Greenhouse (2001 - Remaster) 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Jumping In Gomorrah (2001 - Remaster) 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Weapon (2001 - Remaster) 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Super-Tuff (2001 - Remaster) 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Am The Audience (2001 - Remaster) 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Are You Receiving Me? (2001 - Remaster) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Originally released late in 1978, Go 2, XTC's single-less second album (although the concurrent single "Are You Receiving Me?" is included here), was also the last to feature the Swindon combos' original line-up. Within three months of Go 2 hitting the racks (and the album charts at Number 21) keyboard player Barry Andrews--at loggerheads with Captain Andy Partridge over the exclusion of several of his songs from the album--was packing his bags (he soon teamed-up with Robert Fripp in League of Gentlemen) and thus began XTC's slowly pleasurable evolution from burping, convulsive art-punk splutterers into the quintessentially tuneful English pop bards we know today. With hindsight, this isn't one of XTC's greatest albums (the excruciating knob-gag innuendo of Barry Andrew's "My Weapon" being a case in point), but don't let that detract from the textural uniqueness of the material on offer. Colin Mouldings' sliding, twanged elastic-band bass-guitar sound, for example, subsequently found an attentive admirer in Blur's Alex James (in fact, you can even hear a Blur protype emerging in "Jumping In Gomorrah") whilst the mouth-frothing mania of "Red", the hilariously robotic "Meccanik Dancing" and the ascending, nursery-rhyme keyboard simplicity of "The Rhythm" are all the unmistakable sound of a one-off band doing their one-off thing--for the very final time. --Kevin Maidment

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten one 1 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Familiar with a few of their earlier songs, I made 'Go 2' my first XTC purchase shortly after its 1978 release. I soon added their much-vaunted debut album to my collection and was surprised that it didn't sound as good. Andy Partridge may well disagree. He was later quoted as saying that the production lacked the edge of 'White Music', while song selection was the subject of a fierce debate between the three songwriters involved. Though keyboardist Barry Andrews managed to get a couple of songs on the album, he subsequently left.

Whatever the merits of the album, I feel that the recordings and the songs show an improvement in craft whereas 'White Music' is at times slapdash. The result is that 'Go 2' is more diverse and songs such as 'Beatown' and 'Battery Brides' are allowed to develop gradually.

The edgier, uptempo side of XTC is still represented in songs such as 'Crowded Room' and the chaotic 'Red'.

A preoccupation with the standardised nature of modern living and its expectations is evident on the first two tracks which deal superbly with the nature of courtship. 'Meccanik Dancing' is no 'Saturday Night Fever'. Typical of the band's approach at this time it has a sturdy rhythm, an odd melody and witty lyrics. By the time you reach Colin Moulding's in- your-face 'I Am The Audience' you've been led through a thoroughly diverse and imaginative range of material. 'Go 2' does lack hit material but is of even quality. My only major complaint is that the bonus disc of dub alternatives of five of the tracks could have been included with the CD rather than confined to the 'Dub Experiments' CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult second album 26 Mar 2010
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an album of spiky pop songs from XTC. At the start of the Punk/new wave era XTC certainly new how to write a good tune even if by their own admission they were not accomplished musicians. This really is a companion album to white Music the first album, after this album Tics song writing took off and it's a shame that this forgotten gem is so overlooked, I love it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love that sleeve, too.... 22 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
But does anybody remember Eddie Yeats dancing to Red - or was it Jumping in Gomarrah? - in an episode of Corrie? Yes, it really happened. That's greatness for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swindon 10 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Purchased to re live my youth, even got my daughters into a classic british band (in my eyes) tip top tunes. HIghly recommend.
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