XTC, 'Nonsuch'

XTC this week launched the first of what promises to be a new series of expanded reissues, beginning with the band’s 1992 album Nonusch, which will be re-released this fall with new 5.1 Surround, stereo and high-res stereo mixes of the original record as well as “exclusive Andy Partridge home demos and Colin Moulding work tapes.”

As we first reported late last year, Partridge commissioned a new surround-sound mix of the album by Steven Wilson, the frontman for prog-rock act Porcupine Tree. On Monday, the XTC mastermind tweeted that the new edition of Nonsuch is now available for pre-order through his online store.

Partridge writes: “Steven Wilson scrubs us up beautifully.”

Due out Oct. 7, the new edition of Nonsuch — the band’s 12th album and last major-label release — is being released in CD/Blu-ray and CD/DVD-Audio packages. In both versions, the CD includes a new stereo album mix by Wilson along with a non-album bonus track, “Didn’t Hurt a Bit.”

The Blu-ray disc (Region 0, NTSC) includes:

  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround (24bit/96khz) mixed from the original multi-track tapes
  • New stereo album mix in DTS-HD Master Audio (24bit/96khz)
  • Exclusive instrumental versions of all new mixes in DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (24bit/96khz)
  • Exclusive Andy Partridge home demos and Colin Moulding work tapes for songs written for the album and contemporaneously
  • Filmed footage of the band working on the album in Chipping Norton Studios
  • Promo films for “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” and “The Disappointed”

The DVD-Audio disc (Region 0, NTSC) includes:

  • 5.1 DTS Mix of the album
  • Original and new album mixes by Steven Wilson in High-Resolution stereo
  • DVD-A players and some Blu-ray players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Advanced Resolution (24bit/96khz Lossless audio) mix.

Wilson’s new mixes were produced with input from Partridge and approval of the band. The new release will be packaged in a double-disc digipack format with a slipcase and expanded booklet featuring sleevenotes by Partridge, Moulding and Dave Gregory, according to Partridge’s webstore.

While the Nonsuch reissue is being announced as “the first in a series of expanded XTC album editions,” it’s not yet known what’s next or what the release schedule will look like.

 

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