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The Compact XTC

XTC Audio CD
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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 (30 Jun 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000007ULO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Science Friction 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Statue Of Liberty 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. This Is Pop? 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Are You Receiving Me? 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Life Begins At the Hop 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Making Plans for Nigel 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Generals and Majors (Edit) 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Towers Of London 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sgt Rock (Is Going to Help Me) 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Senses Working Overtime 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ball And Chain 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Great Fire 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wonderland 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Love On A Farmboy's Wages 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. All You Pretty Girls 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. This World Over (Edit) 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Wake Up (Edit) 3:430.99  Buy MP3 

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No pretensions for the precocious 8 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
The only difficulty with any XTC compilation is that, undoubtedly, the target audience already own the music. Unlike your average band, XTC have managed to accumulate a bizarre following of cult drones, with white labels and off cuts hoarded and boasted about like Gollum and his ring. Lets be honest: XTC were diverse, intelligent and influential but, inbetween their minor chart successes, whilst penning some amazing songs they also churned out a vast amount of garbage. I know, a thousand die-hard afficionado's are screaming "blasphemer" at me - I ought to know, I am one! So it's nice to see an album with the more familiar and tuneful songs on it. This compilation was a gift, although I admit I would have bought it because it is XTC: I have every single and other albums so I'd have to, really. But I can listen to the greats like Making Plans and Senses, have a laugh at Sergeant Rock and enjoy All You Pretty Girls without having the dross of the Homo Safari series or the bloody awful Respectable Street. If you're an XTC fan, buy it for your collection, car or background noise and admit to yourself that you don't need it but want it anyway. But if you're new, then it really is a great buy to introduce you to a band that is, in all probability, one of the most cited "influential" bands I've ever heard of. No, with age I've realised that they're not the be all and end all of music... but they're pretty damn close. Enjoy! (But don't be misled into spending 20 years tracking down every single 7" and LP like I did).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to Swindon New Wave 23 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
In the late 70s XTC stood out from the crowd with their pop sensitivities and eccentric keyboard noise the first two albums White Music and GO 2 are excellent and along with a healthy batch of excellent non album singles XTC were ready to take over the world. This collection kicks off with the previously rare Science Friction, quirky choppy guitars a foretaste of the debut album. Then the piece de resistance Staute Of Liberty a great song; only Andy Partridge could pen a love song to such a symbol of Americanism and make it sound twisted yet sensitive. This Is Pop follows, once described by Sting as the best pop song ever! The next two tracks almost match it; the twee nostalgia of Life Begins At The Hop works so well, whilst Are You Receiving Me? is a song in the classic vein of early XTC buzzsaw guitar work warped lyrics and maniacal delivery - simply awesome. After that it falls off a little (in my opinion) through the successful 80s singles starting with Making Plans For Nigel (the only song many people will remember them for!)and the Black Sea singles including the ridiculous Sgt Rock. However you can't keep good men down and Moulding and Partridge bounce back with Senses Working Overtime and continue on to the beautiful and lilting Love On A Farmboys Wages. I could rave about early XTC for hours but if you don't know much XTC this is an excelllent starting point and hopefullly those who buy it will be tempted to go back and discover the first three albums in all their glory.
Distinctly English, at times off the wall but always highly enjoyable (Sgt. Rock aside)
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is pop 23 Nov 2013
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Really good collection of great tracks from a good band. If you like XTC you will enjoy this album l
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of XTC 2 May 2013
By Neil G
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This album is a best of XTC. All the favourites are on it and it represents all that is great about XTC. If you never buy another XTC, buy this.
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