The Dukes of Stratosphear
The complete works of The Dukes of Stratosphear — XTC’s short-lived psychedelic side project — have been remixed in stereo and 5.1 Surround by Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson and will be reissued in October as a CD/Blu-ray set called Psurroundabout Ride.
Due out Oct. 11, the set includes the band’s two John Leckie-produced albums, 1985’s 25 O’Clock and 1987’s Psonic Psunspot, plus two extra tracks. The set is now available for pre-order via Burning Shed.
A full tracklist has not been revealed, but the Psurroundabout Ride product listing says the CD contains a total of 19 songs, 18 of which are newly mixed from the original master tapes by Wilson, who has been handling XTC’s ongoing audiophile reissue series. The new mixes are approved by Andy Partridge.
The Blu-ray includes the complete Dukes recordings in their original and new stereo mixes, as well as in 5.1 Surround mixes, instrumental versions and a complete set of demos, all in hi-res sound. One of the songs, not identified, has been up-mixed into 5.1 Surround using the Penteo audio system, according to the listing.
It’s not clear what the extra tracks are, but they could include any of the three additional songs featured on the CD reissue of 25 O’Clock a decade ago: “Black Jewelled Serpent of Sound,” “Open a Can of Human Beans” or “Tin Toy Clockwork Train.”
It’s also worth noting that the product listing for Psurroundabout Ride says it includes 19 tracks, but the two albums together only include 16 songs, so that would mean three, not two, bonus tracks.
Below, see the new cover art for Psurroundabout Ride.
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