Can't wait to see what surprises XTC - The Big Express (Vinyl have planned after these albums! Less frantic than much of earlier XTC. Moulding's songs are very good. Excellent stuff - thanks! Saves me having root my old vinyl copies XTC - The Big Express (Vinyl again! Search This Blog. From Swindon, England, ca. OK, I guess I will sort this stuff out as follows, a "proper" discography, followed by some comps and EP's and stuff, followed by a bunch of live shows from thier prime years, and we'll see what else I can come up with I'm thinking days, let's consider today a "primer" for the novice, the more rare stuff and there is quite a slew will start tomorrow I guess.
Three outtakes were relegated as B-sides to the album's singles. Partridge set it to music after he was commissioned to write a song for a documentary about Swindon. In the film, he is shown performing the song at Crescent. He said: "'This is looking at people going about their business but not being where [I] should be—not being in school.
The lyrics are a commentary on critics who criticize "white boys" for singing the blues "and the rip-off sharks who infest music's murky waters".
The Big Express was released on 15 October First pressings of the vinyl were contained in a circular record sleeve as an homage to the Small Faces ' Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Although the LP reached a higher chart position than Mummer it sold a lesser number of copies. Within weeks of the album's release, the band's finances were depleted and further payments of advancements and royalties were frozen on account of the Reid litigation, forcing the group to subsist on short-term loans from Virgin.
The end product, 25 O'Clockwas publicised as a collection of recordings by an older band called "the Dukes of Stratosphear". The Big Express was met with little critical notice,  especially in the US. Writing for The Village VoiceRobert Christgau awarded the album a B score and recommended that the group write a musical"Which would keep them working at the proper scale and be the best thing for steam-powered trains since Ray Davies.
Erica Wexler, then a reviewer for Musician magazine, suggested that "XTC is never short of ideas; their only real flaw is a propensity for crowding together too many. I just hope they're still not too far ahead of their time. Colin Moulding gets philosophy-weird and Andy Partridge sounds depressed; the direction of the band seems blurred.
In later years, Partridge said "I love that album and nobody ever mentions it. That and Mummer are the two ignored discs. Reviewing The Big Express for AllMusicChris Woodstra said that XTC created "their most painstakingly detailed, multi-layered, sonically dynamic" work to that point, resulting in "a thoroughly consistent and enjoyable album beginning to end.
According to the Chicago Reader ' s J. Jones, the album's XTC - The Big Express (Vinyl rank "with the band's best work, but as a recording it's weighed down by the leaden drums". Throughout the s, the band's catalog was reissued, one album at a time, in the form of deluxe packages centred on new stereo and surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson.
Partridge stated that the tapes were "not looked for yet" and that "we have to pay for any searches to find them". XTC - The Big Express (Vinyl adapted from the album's liner notes, Album). From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. David Lord XTC. Guitarist Dave Gregory praised the song's middle eight as the best thing the group had written to that point.
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