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Performer Notes
  • XTC: Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar); Dave Gregory (vocals, guitar, piano, Chamberlin, synthesizer); Colin Moulding (vocals, bass).
  • Though borne out of frustrating circumstances, SKYLARKING proved, upon its 1986 release, to be XTC's biggest seller. Attention was spurred along by "Dear God," which was originally issued only as a B-side and not even included on the album. Subsequent pressings quickly substituted the song (removing "Mermaid Smiled," which resurfaced on RAG & BONE BUFFET). At the time, Andy Partridge was extremely vocal about the band's dissatisfaction in working with producer Todd Rundgren. Intervening years have softened the memory of personal clashes and he now also embraces this as one of their finest hours (as had been the case with most of their fans all along). With hooks galore ("That's Really Super, Supergirl," "Season Cycle"), lush orchestrations ("1000 Umbrellas"), acoustic reveries ("Grass," "Sacrificial Bonfire"), and even some big fat electric guitars and drums ("Earn Enough For Us"), this is a perfect starting point for anyone unfamiliar with the fine XTC catalog.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - #48 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums Of The 80s" survey (November 1989)

Q (7/01, p.139) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...A masterpiece....Todd Rundgren-produced SKYLARKING came out bright, beautiful - and sexy in a DH Lawrence style..."

Uncut (p.124) - "SKYLARKING is the album that tied up everything great about Swindon's finest into one big beautiful package of perfect pop, saving their career in the process."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.20) - Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1987"

Mojo (Publisher) (p.117) - "[T]he band's most perfectly realised LP....With astute songwriting and aural splendour..."
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