XTC, 'Skylarking'

Back in the summer of 2010, Andy Partridge announced that XTC’s 1986 album Skylarking was being reissued later that year “as it was intended to sound, but never has due to human error” — a new double-vinyl pressing that corrected the polarity that had been reversed on all prior releases of the album, resulting in a thinner sound that was light on bass.

Nearly four years later, that new version of Skylarking is finally coming to CD, Partridge announced on Saturday via Twitter: “Corrected polarity SKYLARKING CD being pressed up right now folks.”

No further details have been announced, including whether the new CD reissue will include the original “banned” artwork (as seen above) that was restored for the vinyl reissue in 2010. The new CD edition presumably will be sold through Partridge’s Ape House Records, which handled the Skylarking vinyl reissue and a more recent 5.1 Surround mix of Nonsuch.

As for other reissues in the pipeline, a 5.1 mix of 1979’s Drums and Wires is coming “soon,” according from a tweet last week by Partridge: “DRUMS 5.1 soon man,rawer but good, I’ve heard it.”It’s not clear whether Drums and Wires will also be receiving the vinyl reissue Partridge first suggested was coming in 2011.







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