- Audio CD (Nov. 24 2017)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Ape House UK
- ASIN: B075Z587Z2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
Black Sea: Definitive Edition Import
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Digitally remastered edition of this 1980 album from the influential quirky British band, reissued on band leader Andy Partridge's Ape House label. While record sales may not have been astronomical, XTC remained at the forefront of the British music scene from their 1977 debut EP right up through their final album in 2000. The creative core of the band, Partridge (guitar) and bassist Colin Moulding, wrote some of the era's most engaging and original songs while the rest of the band (which included guitarist Dave Gregory and drummer Terry Chambers) helped to shape them into a unique listening experience. XTC are considered to be one of the greatest British bands of all time and their recorded output is proof of that claim. Ape House.
The 1980 release Black Sea represents the last stand of the punchy, angular new wave that had won XTC strong critical and college radio support. Still arranging with an ear toward the stage they'd soon retire from, they continued working in the "drums and wires" style that had christened their previous release. Black Sea brims with XTC trademarks: engaging guitar hooks, cleverly rendered lyrics, and frenetic, creative melodicism. The material represents the pinnacle of XTC's early incarnation--a counterpoint to contemporary punk imbued with style, rhythmic punch, and melodic charm. --Todd Gehman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It blew me away. It changed my life. I tossed the REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Styx into the trash cazn and dove head first into this new British wave.
Almost 25 years later I still get goosebumps hearing the opening "record scratches" that are the precursor to the electric guitar's "Bow Wap! Wo NA NA, Bow Wap!" of "Respectable Street".
This album is a must! And in the remastered miniature album replica format, it is even better!!
Now, let's hope Virgin releases a set of XTC Single replicas (like Costellos', Duran Duran's and the Beatles). That would round off my collection.
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