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Oranges and Lemons

XTC Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 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 (27 Feb 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000026XW5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oranges, lemons and .... love! 14 Jun 2001
By Marite
Format:Audio CD
First of all, let me confess that I won't be very impartial in my review of "Oranges and Lemons". I remember listening to it in 1990, while I was on a plane that was taking me to London for the first time in my life. This record will always remind me of a Summer of love, freedom and discovery.
Although some songs by XTC were familiar to me since the early 80's (e.g. "Making Plans for Nigel", "Generals and Majors), I didn't start buying their records until 1989 and I have been a devoted fan ever since.
Back to "Oranges and Lemons", all the songs are simply beautiful. From "The Mayor of Simpleton" and "The Loving" (with their cheerful 60's refrains) to the melancholic "Chalkhills and Children" and "Hold me my Daddy", there's not one song that lets you down. "King for a Day" is another little gem. Not to mention the delightful "Pink Thing" (the funniest song ever dedicated from a man to his you-know-what).
All in all, I think this is one of the best XTC's records. Every time I listen to it, it makes me tingle with anticipation and brings me back the memories of an unforgettable Summer. I'm sure you will enjoy it just as much.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album with plenty of flavour! 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This for me is XTC's finest album. It begins with a bang with Garden of Earthly delights and then proceeds with two of my favourite tracks of all time with Mayor of Simpleton and King for a Day. There is no let-up as each track here is a gem in itself and are all uniquely different. This album is a must for any XTC fan or anyone interested in their music. A classic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As English as cricket on the green 19 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
XTC are a national treasure, and this album shows them in their quintessentially English finery. songs created with a craftsmans care by Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, they are almost like stumbling upon a painting by constable in your attic; beautiful and utterly priceless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars XTC at the top of their powers! 26 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you want an album that shows all the best aspects of XTC this is the one for you. Superb craftsmanship, excellent lyrics and strong songs make this album a fine example of Enlish pop at its best! The album spawned three singles: The Loving, which is an upbeat pop song; King For A Day, a Colin Moulding song which deals with the greed and ambition of the Thatcher period; and the joyous Mayor of Simpleton, a song which raises love above learning. In addition to the singles released there are some fantastic songs on the album which cover many moods and styles. The Garden of Earthly Delights, Across This Antheap, Here comes President Kill Again, Poor Skeleton Steps Out and Miniature Sun are the stand-out tracks for me, but all the songs are top notch. This is the album that links the pastoral pop of English Settlement with the psychedelia of the Dukes of Stratosphere seamlessly. If there is a criticism of this album it is because it is an embarrassment of riches. There are no fillers and that doesn't always make it te easiest album to listen to from start to finish. Having said that 13 years after its original release I still find myself going back for more. A minor classic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poor mastering 28 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I hoped this would be an improvement on previous 90's version. upper range is overtly bright. The engineer I think did not get the complexities of the mid to lower end of bass and rhythm parts - I've gone back to original. Lets hope Mr Wilson gets to do a 5.1 version as with Nonsuch which is a gem of a remaster.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swindon's finest 8 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
The heart seems to be worn (literally) on the sleeve with this one - psychedelia. Garden of Earthly Delights kicks off with Eastern promise, but The Mayor of Simpleton is McCartney pop, one of Partridge's best songs with its infectious cascading bridge/chorus. King for a Day is a nice Moulding contribution. Next up is the only weak song, the dreadful Here Comes President Kill - its sledgehammer message and leaden arrangement have me reaching for `skip' every time. The rest is a varied garden of delights, via the bizarre Pink Thing (I thought it was a single entendre, but I've just got the joke - it could be about a baby), culminating in the dreamy and lovely Chalkhills and Children, about rockstars and roots - "I'm getting higher - lifted up by fame's fickle fire till the chalkhills and children anchor my feet".

Without the Beatles, this album would probably not exist (true of much else besides), and I yield to none in my admiration of that band - but they never put together a collection as on-the-money as this. Punk threw up a lot of quality music when the noise died down, but nothing to be cherished so much as XTC.
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