This double CD tracks the development of XTC from the periphery of punk to the cottage industry of today. Every single is here, from the early crunch of "Science Friction" through the first hit "Making Plans for Nigel" to the releases from "Nonsuch" (Apple Venuses' predecessor): "Disappointed" and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead". The gradual maturing of XTC's Quintessential English Sound (copywrite NME's cliche dept.) is emphasised by the strict chronological order of the tracks and reaches its peak with the chronically under-achieving Grass and Wonderland. Its hard to reference XTC to any other band (think Wilco, The Kinks, The Beatles even...) but if you like music of any genre there will be something here that strikes a chord - ravishing!
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