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Album: Compact XTC: The Singles 1978-1985
# Song Title   Time
1)    Science Friction
2)    Statue of Liberty
3)    This Is Pop?
4)    Are You Receiving Me?
5)    Life Begins at the Hop
6)    Making Plans for Nigel
7)    Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down
8)    Generals and Majors
9)    Towers of London
10)    Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)
11)    Senses Working Overtime
12)    Ball and Chain
13)    Great Fire
14)    Wonderland
15)    Love on a Farmboy's Wages
16)    All You Pretty Girls
17)    This World Over
18)    Wake Up
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Performer Notes
  • XTC: Colin Moulding, Andy Partridge.
  • Personnel: Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar).
  • Audio Mixers: David Lord; Phil Thornalley; XTC.
  • An expanded version of 1983's excellent singles compilation Waxworks, Compact XTC: The Singles 1978-1985 is simply that: all of the group's singles from 1978's White Music to 1985's The Big Express, in chronological order and including the misbegotten attempt at writing a proper hit single, 1980's "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down," which wisely never appeared on any XTC album. Even more so than Waxworks, Compact XTC makes plain the remarkable transformation that took place in XTC's first five years, from the jittery new wave pop of "Science Friction" to the defiantly '60s-inspired acoustic-based neo-psychedelia of "Wonderland" and "Love on a Farmboy's Wages." There are many brilliant pop songs here, including Andy Partridge's "Senses Working Overtime" and "This Is Pop" and Colin Moulding's "Making Plans for Nigel" and "Life Begins at the Hop." Completely solid though this 18-track sampler is, it doesn't tell the complete story of how XTC got from point A to point B; for that, refer to the seven original albums this compilation is drawn from. ~ Stewart Mason
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