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Mummer [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

XTC Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 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: B00005ATHL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Beating Of Hearts (2001 - Remaster) 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wonderland (2001 - Remaster) 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Love On A Farmboy's Wages (2001 - Remaster) 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Great Fire (2001 - Remaster) 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Deliver Us From The Elements (2001 - Remaster) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Human Alchemy (2001 - Remaster) 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ladybird (2001 - Remaster) 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. In Loving Memory Of A Name (2001 - Remaster) 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Me And The Wind (2001 - Remaster) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Funk Pop A Roll (2001 - Remaster) 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Frost Circus (2001 - Remaster) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jump (2001 - Remaster) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Toys (2001 - Remaster) 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Gold (2001 - Remaster) 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Procession Towards Learning Land (2001 - Remaster) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Desert Island (2001 - Remaster) 4:520.99  Buy MP3 

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1983's Mummer was the first fruit of the Swindon combo's "pastoral" period, but merely proved to be the inaugural chapter in XTC's mercifully brief mid-life crises. A commercial flop, stalling outside of the UK Top 50--a major setback considering the belated bridgeheads established in both the British and American charts by the preceding Black Sea and English Settlement albums--Mummer was considered something of an artistic disappointment at the time. Even so, any record that contains such moments of delicious rural innocence as the folksy "Love On A Farmboy's Wages" ("shilling for the fellow who brings the sheep in") or the mangled, chamber-orchestra pyromania of "Great Fire" is worth a listen, while the addition of several alternately odd and poppy b-sides only adds to the intrigue. The poorer cousin of the subsequent Skylarking, perhaps, but well worth reassessing now that time has passed. --Kevin Maidment

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
OK, so, before I begin this review, I must confess that I am not a big XTC fan - I am unable to tell you about how this album stands up to Skylarking or Enlgish Settlement, or how the mental breakdown suffered by Partridge during this album's recording is portrayed through the sound - I only know that Partridge actually had a breakdown at this time because I've read the other reviews of this album! So, what I AM able to do then, is review this album solely on it's own merits. And on it's own merits, it's a corker. More or less all of the songs on Mummer (apart from the closing Funk, Pop a Roll, which is really out of place and is a bit anti-climactic to be honest)are wonderful little pop nuggets that could have been accidently dug up when a farmer has been gathering in his crop of potatoes, they're THAT countryside-y. "Love on a farmboy's wages", which I think was a single but knowing XTC would've sold about twelve copies regardless, is a little ditty about the difficulties of settling down with your loved one when all you have the skill to do is be a farmhand, which naturally pays a pittance ("Shilling for the fellow who brings the sheep in, Shilling for the fellow who milks the herd" is half of the chorus). "Ladybird" is a song about a ladybird, simple as that. It's the sort of album that you stick on at 10 in the morning on a day in July when you have nothing planned and think "Hmm, what shall I do today?", then you hear a song like the aforementioned "Ladybird", and think "Sod it, I'll just have a read and a doze in the garden", and grin smugly to yourself because you know damn well that no one else around has heard the marvellous Mummer, and you grin smugly because you know that their lives are just a little less happy, and just a little less easy to bare than yours.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessence of English Pop 22 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm biased, of course. XTC, one the loves of my musical life, have been a musical backdrop to my family for the past 30 years. Always on the button, the songwriting is an unequalled combination of earthy English manhood, west country wit, dazzling musical brilliance and very, very catchy tunes. Wonderful.
This album was, and is, no exception.
From the beating of hearts, through great fires and deliverance from the elements to a touch of human alchemy and the loving memory of any name, this is, even after a quarter of a century, still a great album.
Buy it, enjoy it and go back for more - I'm convinced you won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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'Mummer' was recorded by a band in turmoil. Yet, through all this XTC produced one of the most beautiful pop LPs of the 1980's. The expanded pallete of sounds (mellotron, real strings, more acoustic guitars) coupled with a dazzlingly diverse range of stlyes created a set that, to these ears at least, was up with Sgt. Pepper - no exageration. I fail to understand why this LP is so underated.
'Great Fire' is mind bending psychedlic pop, 'Love on a farmboy's wages' is utterly gorgeous, 'Wonderland' is breathtakingly lovely - there's even a smattering of prog in there too (Deliver us from the elements - one of many fine songs by bassist Colin Moulding).
In the end, the perceived commercial failure of this record sent XTC into a spin - what else can you do when you've done your best and no one is listening?
From here on the band get more extreme but this is simply beautiful. XTC at their finest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Everything has been said about XTC - underrated, great singles but never sold well, never made a truly great album etc etc.
However, if there was ever an album that deserved to enter everyone's "Top 10 underrated albums" listings, it must surely be this one.
Whatever has been said about this album in the past, must be re-evaluated in view of this superior reissue.
You can make any comment you want about the might of the record companies endlessly reissuing old albums but, I tell you what, the Japanese know how to do things properly. The XTC replica albums series has been outstanding in it's attention to detail and this applies to all of the CD's released from the Virgin era.
The songs from this original LP still stand up after nearly 20 years and as a set of songs, it would take Andy and Colin another 3 years before bettering them (Skylarking).
The bonus tracks are all present from the original 1987 CD issue but the real eye-opener is the remastering of the album.
I have CD's that make you feel that they may have been remastered with a modified potato peeler but the sound is truly excellent on this release and stands as the real reason (for once) to reinvest your hard earned paper and iron in this early 80's classic.
And when you've heard this, you will want to buy the rest of the CD's too - so don't say I didn't warn you and start saving now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rural delights 24 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Don't underestimate this album in the great XTC scheme of things. Coming at a difficult time for the band, 'Mummer' has a surprisingly light, carefree touch about it. Whereas the next album, 'The Big Express', evokes a steam-age industrial landscape, 'Mummer', with its preponderance of acoustic guitar, is littered with references to nature, the rural and remote, exotic places. The first five tracks, which made up the first side of the original LP, all hit the spot. 'Beating Of Hearts' features an exotic melody over a jungle rhythm; Colin Moulding's 'Wonderland' is a gentle synth-pop number; 'Love On A Farmboy's Wages' is one of Andy Partridge's catchier songs, lyrically and musically; 'Great Fire' and 'Deliver Us From The Elements' are weightier items.

The next six tracks on this reissue are b-sides added as bonuses, of which 'Frost Circus' and 'Procession Towards Learning Land' demonstrate Partridge's penchant for experimentation the most. The last five songs, which represent side two of the LP, are relatively uneven in quality.

'Mummer' may lack well-known songs, but it's a fine, charming album.
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