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XTC - Coat of Many Cupboards [Box Set] (2002)

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XTC - Coat of Many Cupboards [Box Set] (2002)

Artist: XTC
Title Of Album: Coat of Many Cupboards
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: Virgin / XTCBOX1
Genre: New Wave, Pop Rock, Indie, Alternative
Total Time: 3:54:29
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 563 mb / 1.61 gb (Artwork-60 mb)

XTC - Coat of Many Cupboards [Box Set] (2002)

XTC fans are a dedicated lot. There may not be many of them, but nearly all of them need to hear everything the group ever recorded. They'll happily spend hundreds of dollars on rare singles and bootlegs, or buy official releases of demos, even when they sound nearly identical to the official release, so a four-disc box set of rarities, demos, alternate takes, and live versions like Coat of Many Cupboards is essentially manna from heaven. If there's any problem with the set, it's that Virgin and XTC didn't go far enough and dedicate the set entirely to unreleased material; they hedged their bets, devoting 41 of 60 tracks to previously unreleased cuts, with the lion's share of the rest -- a full 14, actually -- being album tracks any XTC fan already has. No matter how good these songs are -- and they include such masterpieces as "Chalkhills and Children" and the Dukes of Stratosphear's "Vanishing Girl" -- their presence on a lovingly assembled rarities set is a fairly major irritant (even if the band is reportedly working on an even larger archival release, provisionally titled Fuzzy Warbles, that may span as many as eight volumes). Still, if this set had just one disc of rarities, XTC fans would have purchased it anyway, and they'll overjoy in the sheer volume of unheard music here. And rightly so, since even if there aren't that many demos and alternate takes that are radically different from the finished product -- there's an acoustic run-through of "Senses Working Overtime" and an embryonic version of "Mayor of Simpleton" that are fascinating rough drafts, while an early version of "Life Begins at the Hop" is appealingly awkward -- this is still rich listening, filled with such delights as three White Music outtakes showcasing Barry Andrews (who would leave not long afterward), Colin Moulding's Nonsuch reject "Didn't Hurt a Bit" (which should have been on the album), and the live "Atom Medley," one of several in-concert performances that illustrate how good the band was on-stage, no matter Andy Partridge's stage fright. These moments and the uniform high quality of music, along with the track-by-track annotation by Partridge and Moulding, make the repetition of album tracks easy to forgive, since this is as close to a perfect gift for fans as imaginable (until Fuzzy Warbles materializes, that is). Although fans would have settled for anything rare, XTC has returned their affection with a box that shows as much love as the fans have shown over the years. It doesn't get much better than that. By Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Coat of Many Cupboards finishes the job that the 1990 collection Rag 'N' Bone Buffet started, unearthing a deluge of outtakes, demos, home recordings, acoustic versions, and rare live tracks from XTC's long, adventurous existence. Buffet and the band's other singles collections and box sets only scratched the surface of what's out there; any serious XTC collector knows about the mountains of material that have been recorded throughout the band's 26-year existence, living in third-generation tapes passed around from fan to fan. The four-disc Cupboards tracks an awful lot of it down, cleans it up, and puts it all together, showing off the overwhelming creativity and songcraft that XTC's Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding have displayed over the decades. In all, 41 of the 60 tracks here have never before been released, with lo-fi versions of favorites like "Dear God" turning this into an interesting journey for casual fans and a dream collection for die-hard fanatics.

Precious and rare live material pops up early on the first disc in the form of "Spinning Top" and "Traffic Light Rock," documenting a jagged, brash sound that seems a far cry from the meticulous approach and intricate layers of later records like 1989's Oranges and Lemons. The first two discs track that evolution in detail, exploring the band's early Clash-like pop-punk and the skewed social commentary of records like 1980's Black Sea, while offering up intriguing nuggets like a demo version of "Senses Working Overtime" from the amazing English Settlement. The last two discs comprise XTC's later incarnation as a studio band after Partridge's mid-'80s mental breakdown and subsequent retirement from the stage. Moving through the revolutionary Skylarking, including a stunning demo of "Grass," the music slowly morphs into the densely produced, late-Beatles sound of Oranges and 1992's Nonsuch.

The set also includes a 60-page booklet as well as track-by-track commentary from Partridge and Moulding, making this a must-have for collectors even if they have somehow tracked down all this stuff themselves. One final note: the band does leave off material from Apple Venus Pt. 1 and Wasp Star (Apple Venus Pt. 2), but only because it's already been well-documented with the outtake records Homespun and Homegrown. --Matthew Cooke


CD 1
01 Science Friction (CBS Demo) - 3:32
02 Spinning Top (Live at Eric's in Liverpool) - 3:00
03 Traffic Light Rock (Live at Eric's in Liverpool) - 2:06
04 Radios in Motion (White Music Version) - 2:55
05 Let's Have Fun (White Music Out Take) - 1:20
06 Fireball XL5/Fireball Dub (White Music Out Take) - 3:24
07 Heatwave Mark 2 Deluxe (White Music Out Take) - 1:48
08 This Is Pop (Single Version) - 2:43
09 Are You Receiving Me? (Go 2 Out Take) - 3:23
10 Things Fall to Bits (Go 2 Out Take) - 2:26
11 Us Being Us (Go 2 Out Take) - 2:56
12 Life Begins at the Hop (First Rehearsal Extract) - 1:09
13 Life Begins at the Hop (First Recording, Unused) - 3:59
14 Making Plans for Nigel (Demo from Swindon Town Hall) - 4:16
15 Ten Feet Tall (Drums and Wires Version) - 3:14
16 Sleepyheads (Drums and Wires Out Take) - 4:53

CD 2
00 Wanking Man (Live Studio Chatter) - 1:37
01 Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go) (Live at the Marconi Club in Sydney) - 2:34
02 Atom Medley: Into the Atom Age/Hang On to the Night/Neon Shuffle (Live at the Marconi Club in Sydney) - 6:52
03 Life Begins at the Hop (Unused U.S. Single Recording) - 2:57
04 Real by Reel (Unused Single Recording) - 3:45
05 When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty (Unused Single Recording) - 3:21
06 Helicopter (Unused Single Recording) - 3:30
07 Towers of London (Rejected Single Recording) - 6:07
08 Generals And Majors (Rehearsal Tape) - 5:03
09 No Language in Our Lungs (Black Sea Version) - 4:52
10 Sgt. Rock Is Going to Help Me (Black Sea Version) - 3:37
11 Paper and Iron (Live at The Lyceum in London) - 4:08
12 Crowded Room (Live at The Lyceum in London) - 4:03
13 Senses Working Overtime (Early Work Tape) - 3:32
14 Snowman (Live at The Hammersmith Odeon in London) - 5:07
15 Ball and Chain (Unused Single Recording) - 4:21

CD 3
00 Shaving Brush Boogie (Live Studio Recording) - 12:26
01 Punch and Judy (Unused Single Recording) - 2:35
02 Fly on the Wall (English Settlement Version) - 3:18
03 Yacht Dance (Live on The Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC TV) - 4:32
04 Jason and the Argonauts (English Settlement Version) - 5:59
05 Love on a Farmboy's Wages (Home Demo) - 3:47
06 Wonderland (Home Demo) - 4:23
07 Ladybird (Mummer Version) - 4:36
08 All You Pretty Girls (Home Demo) - 4:13
09 Wake Up (Home Demo) - 4:12
10 The Everyday Story of Smalltown (Big Express Version) - 4:13
11 Grass (Home Demo) - 2:55
12 Let's Make a Den (Home Demo) - 2:26
13 The Meeting Place (Home Demo) - 3:51
14 Dear God (Band Demo) - 4:10

CD 4
01 Brianiac's Daughter (Psonic Psunspot Version) - 4:04
02 Vanishing Girl (Psonic Psunspot Version) - 2:45
03 Terrorism (Home Demo) - 3:21
04 Find the Fox (Home Demo) - 2:37
05 Season Cycle (Skylarking Version) - 3:22
06 The Troubles (Home Demo) - 3:17
07 Mayor of Simpleton (Early Work Tape) - 2:48
08 King for a Day (Home Demo) - 3:15
09 Chalkhills and Children (Oranges and Lemons Version) - 5:07
10 The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (Early Home Demo) - 5:34
11 Omnibus (Nonsuch Version) - 3:21
12 The Disappointed (Home Demo) - 3:21
13 Bungalow (Nonsuch Version) - 2:50
14 Didn't Hurt a Bit (Nonsuch Out Take) - 3:54
15 Books are Burning (Live on The Late Show, BBC TV) - 4:48

Cameron Allan – Producer
Greg Allen – Photography
Barry Andrews – Keyboards, Vocals
Clive Arrowsmith – Photography
Alan Ballard – Photography
Guy Barker – Trumpet
Chris Blake – Engineer
Paul Canty – Photography
John Caulfield – Engineer
Terry Chambers – Drums
Ian Cooper – Mastering
John Cornfield – Engineer
Nick Davis – Mixing
Jason Day – Project Coordinator
Douglas Brothers – Photography
Gus Dudgeon – Producer
Paul Fox – Producer
Jill Furmanovsky – Photography
Howard Gray – Engineer
David Gregory – Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Engineer, Mellotron, Drum Programming, Mixing
Barry Hammond – Engineer
Andy Jackson – Engineer
Chris Jenkins – Engineer
B.C. Kagan – Photography
Clive Langer – Producer
John Leckie – Producer, Engineer
Steve Lillywhite – Producer
David Lord – Producer
Pat Mastelotto – Drums
Dave Mattacks – Drums
Akiyoshi Miyashita – Photography
Dennis Morris – Photography
Colin Moulding – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Engineer
Annie Nightingale – Presentation
Steve Nye – Producer, Engineer
Hugh Padgham – Engineer
Cindy Palmano – Photography
Andy Partridge – Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Producer, Engineer
Peter Phipps – Drums
Prairie Prince – Drums
Sheila Rock – Photography
Todd Rundgren – Producer, Engineer
Harrison Sherwood — Liner Notes
Penny Smith – Photography
Andrew Swainson – Cover Art, Booklet Design
Ed Thacker – Engineer
Glenn Tommey – Engineer
Phil Vinall – Engineer
Keith Walker – Engineer
Steve Warren – Engineer
Kevin Westenberg – Photography
Alan Winstanley – Producer, Engineer
XTC – Producer, Mixing
Irene Young – Photography

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