Reissues — September 26, 2017 at 5:41 am

XTC’s ‘Black Sea’ audiophile reissue with new 5.1, stereo mixes due out in November

The audiophile reissue of XTC’s fourth album, 1980’s Black Sea, is due out Nov. 10, and will include new 5.1 Surround, stereo and and high-resolution stereo mixes of the record by Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson, plus demos, instrumentals and music videos.

The CD/Blu-ray reissue is available for pre-order now via Burning Shed, which will include an exclusive postcard signed by XTC’s Terry Chambers with all advance orders.



The set will include a CD featuring a 2017 stereo mix of the album by Wilson with bonus tracks, many of which feature Wilson mixes, plus a Blu-ray disc with a 5.1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA.

The discs will come in special packaging with sleevenotes by XTC’s Chambers, Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory, plus producer Hugh Padgham.

  • Additional bonus material on the Blu-ray includes:
  • The 2017 stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • Additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5.1 (several featuring 2017 Wilson mixes)
  • The original stereo album mix in hi-res stereo + bonus tracks
  • Instrumental versions (mixed by Wilson), and several bonus mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • Many album tracks in demo form as recorded at Phonogram Studios prior to album sessions
  • Three Partridge demos from Phonogram studios and three demos from Swindon Town Hall
  • Promo films for “Towers Of London,” “Generals & Majors” and “Respectable Street”

The Black Sea reissue is the fifth in the Partridge-overseen audiophile series, following the re-release of Nonsuch, Drums and Wires, Oranges and Lemons and Skylarking.

Released in 1980 when Chambers was still in the band, XTC’s Black Sea spawned four singles: “Generals and Majors,” “Towers of London,” “Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)” and “Respectable Street.”





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  1. These reissues have been sublime and great value so far — looking forward to this one!

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